Call for Papers

IEEE Transactions on Speech and Audio Processing
Special Issue on
Statistical and Perceptual Audio Processing

Systems for automatic audio analysis fall into two broad camps: those based on statistical methods and models (e.g. current speech recognizers, independent component analysis), and those mimicking perceptual systems (exemplified by computational auditory scene analysis, as well as early approaches to speech recognition such as blackboards).

Both these approaches have their merits, and their strengths appear complementary. The goal of this special issue is to collect work that integrates these two threads - using rigorous, statistical tools to exploit cues and processing analogous to those used by listeners.

In this special issue we invite researchers to submit papers that combine perceptual and statistical principles, as applied to speech, music and audio analysis. Papers describing original and previously unpublished relevant research and new concepts are solicited on, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • General audio analysis
  • Speech analysis
  • Music analysis
  • Audio classification
  • Speech recognition
  • Signal separation
  • Multi-channel analysis
  • Computational Auditory Scene Analysis (CASA)
  • Perceptual aspects of statistical algorithms such as independent component analysis and non-negative matrix factorization.
  • Hybrid methods that use CASA-like cues in a statistical framework, e.g. for separation or recognition.
  • Theoretical and empirical results on the unification of statistical and perceptually based approaches.

This special issue is a sequel to the ISCA Tutorial and Research Workshop on Statistical and Perceptual Audio Processing being held as a satellite to ICSLP-04 this October 2004 in Jeju, Korea:

However, the special issue is a separate entity and participation in the workshop will not influence the special issue review process.


Prospective authors should prepare manuscripts according to the Information for Authors as published in any recent issue of the Transactions and as available on the web at:

Note that all rules will apply with regard to submission lengths, mandatory overlength page charges, and color charges.

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically through the online IEEE manuscript submission system at:

When selecting a manuscript type, authors must click on "Special Issue of T-SA on Statistical and Perceptual Audio Processing." Authors should follow the instructions for the IEEE Transactions on Speech and Audio Processing and indicate in the Comments to the Editor-in-Chief that the manuscript is submitted for publication in the Special Issue on Statistical and Perceptual Audio Processing. We require a completed copyright form to be signed and faxed to 1-732-562-8905 at the time of submission. Please indicate the manuscript number on the top of the page.


Submission deadline:31 January 2005
Notification of acceptance:30 July 2005
Final manuscript due:1 September 2005
Tentative publication date:January 2006


Dr. Bhiksha Raj
Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs, Cambridge, MA.
Dr. Malcolm Slaney
IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose, CA.
Dr. Daniel Ellis
Columbia University New York, NY.
Dr. Paris Smaragdis
Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs, Cambridge, MA.
Dr. Judith Brown
Wellesley College, MA, Visiting Scientist at MIT.