Where AI Comes to Life

Call for Speakers

***Thanks for your submissions.  Notifications of acceptance will be sent by November 12.***

Deadline for Submissions  CLOSED
Notification of Acceptance/Rejection November 12, 2019
Conference April 27-29, 2020
SpeechTEK University April 26 & 29, 2020

Recent advances in Artificial Intelligence are enabling revolutionary software applications. Integrating speech technology with these applications gives users the ability to interact directly with technology through natural speech and language. Today speech is replacing traditional switches, dials, screens, keypads and keyboards with a far more familiar, comfortable and natural interface. Speech is making cars, household appliances, electronic devices, and “Internet of Things” come to life.

SpeechTEK solicits presentations explaining how speech technologies (automatic speech recognition, speech synthesis, speaker identification, emotion detection, speech search) and conversational technologies (dialog management, error recovery, help) work to make modern applications more accessible to users, more human-like, and easier to use.

Target Audience

SpeechTEK attendees include:

  • C-level executives
  • Directors
  • IT decision makers
  • Customer service managers
  • Customer experience designers, interaction designers
  • Speech solutions managers and developers
  • Anyone who wants to learn about designing, implementing, and deploying speech technologies


Choose the presentation format that best matches the material you submit .

  • SpeechTEK University: A pre- or post- conference half-day tutorial that provides detailed information on a topic of interest to the SpeechTEK audience.
  • Sunrise Discussion: An informal 45-minute early morning session that gives attendees a chance to share knowledge and ask questions about a common topic of interest. A discussion leader will facilitate the conversation and offer expert opinions.
  • Case study: Project leaders present 45-minute real-life stories and insight from an actual speech application deployed before February 1, 2020. Vendors should encourage their customers to submit case studies describing recent projects.
  • Panel Discussion: 3-4 experts discuss their experiences and insights about a topic of interest to our audience.
  • 45-Minute Presentation: Experts should describe a problem faced by many of the members of our audience, and present multiple solutions that solve the problem. No product pitches, please.
  • Innovative Demos: (1) 10-minute video demonstrations illustrating innovative applications using one or more speech technologies or (2) 2-minute video or audio clips of innovative, effective, and engaging user interfaces. All demos will be followed by a short discussion period.

Suggested Proposal Topics

We solicit submissions on the following topics. We encourage these and other topics that discuss how each technology works, how to implement and use the technology, its advantages and disadvantages, and how it solves business problems.

  • Design: How to design conversational user interfaces
  • Ethics: How to test and evaluate the effectiveness of user interfaces involving speech technologies
  • New technologies: How your apps can benefit from emerging technologies
    such as synthesized life-like avatars, augmented reality, visual IVR, blending
    self-service and assisted service, and emotion extraction.
  • Smart analytics: How to transcribe voice data and apply AI to detect user
    trends and patterns that improve your operations.
  • Market analysis: Should you improve your user’s digital experience by upgrading with mobility, multimedia, multimodes, and omnichanel technologies?
  • Other topics of interest to our audience

4 Tips for Submitting a Good Proposal

  1. Submit your proposals early! We evaluate proposals as they arrive, in the order in which they are received, so early proposals have a better change of acceptance than proposals submitted near the deadline.
  2. Think about who you want to address and write your proposal for a specific segment of the SpeechTEK audience.  
  3. Be as specific as you can. We prefer proposals with clear, precise themes and specific examples over proposals that deal in vague, high-level ideas.
  4. No sales pitches. Attendees dislike listening to product pitches in conference sessions. We will not consider any proposal appearing to be sales-oriented.

The Fine Print

  • You may submit any number of proposals, but the participation of any individual will be limited to no more than two sessions.
  • A presentation may include multiple co-authors, but there can only be a single presenter. Speaking slots are assigned to individuals, not to organizations.  If an individual must cancel their presentation, their slot will be reassigned by the conference co-program chairs.
  • If your 45-minute proposal is accepted, you will be asked to submit a PowerPoint presentation. All presentations should have no more than a single slide describing the author’s affiliation, products and services, and contact information. Presentations will be posted online for reference by attendees.
  • Presentations should not have been presented or published elsewhere.

Thank you for your interest in presenting at SpeechTEK 2020

Submit Your Proposal

Deborah Dahl and James A. Larson
Program Co-chairs, SpeechTEK 2020

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