Welcome to Odyssey 2010: The Speaker and Language Recognition Workshop, this year held in Brno, Czech Republic, from 27 June – 1 July 2010.
Odyssey 2010 is an ISCA Tutorial and Research Workshop held in cooperation with the ISCA Speaker and Language Characterization SIG and with technical co-sponsorship by the IEEE Czechoslovakia Section. An important support to Odyssey was provided by the Faculty of Information Technology of Brno University of Technology (FIT BUT). Phonexia and Lingea – two companies located in Brno – provided financial support.
The need for fast, efficient, accurate, and robust means of recognizing people and languages is of growing importance for commercial, forensic, and government applications. The aim of this workshop is to continue to foster interactions among researchers in speaker and language recognition as the successor of the series of previous workshops:
We are pleased to coordinate Odyssey 2010 with the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s 2010 Speaker Recognition Evaluation Workshop. NIST SRE’10 was held immediately prior to Odyssey in the same facilities. This coordination reinforces the workshops and provides a stimulating week for participants of both.
This year's workshop is hosted by FIT BUT in its scenic campus featuring middle-age Carthusian monastery and modern lecture halls.
Although not very known on international scale, Brno has contributed the technology by three important persons: Johann Gregor Mendel was a monk in the monastery of Old Brno and is considered the father of modern genetics. Kurt Gödel, one of the most significant logicians of all times, was born in Brno and the lecture room ‘E112’ Odyssey takes place in bears his name. Viktor Kaplan’s work was not directly related to our field, but thanks to his efficient water turbine design, many of us have sufficient power for our electricity hungry computing clusters. Going farther from technology, Brno is famous for Leoš Janáček – an important composer of the 1st half of 20th century.
Let us thank at this occasion the organizing committee, for valuable advices and support in preparing the event, and the scientific committee for their careful work on paper reviews. Great thanks go to the local organizing committee, especially Renata Kohlová (organization), Sylva Otáhalová (finances) and Josef Žižka (web and CD). We thank also ALCI agency for the help with Odyssey 2010 social events.
We wish you a productive and enjoyable conference.
Honza Černocký and Lukáš Burget