ISCA SPSC Symposium

3rd Symposium on Security and Privacy in Speech Communication

joined with

3nd VoicePrivacy Challenge Workshop

August 19, 2023


Speech and voice are media through which we express ourselves. Speech communication can be used to command virtual assistants, to transport emotion or to identify oneself. How can we strengthen security and privacy for speech representation types in user-centric human/machine interaction?

Interdisciplinary exchange is in high demand. The need to better understand and develop user-centric security solutions and privacy safeguard in speech communication is of growing importance for commercial, forensic, and government applications. The SPSC Symposium is a platform to seek better designed services and products as well as better informed policy papers for legislators and governance. The symposium is organized by the ISCA SPSC special interest group and the VoicePrivacy Challenge Team.

The third edition of the Symposium on Security & Privacy in Speech Communication, focuses on speech and voice through which we express ourselves. As speech communication can be used to command virtual assistants to transport emotion or to identify oneself, the symposium encourages participants to give answers on how we can strengthen security and privacy for speech representation types in user-centric human/machine interaction? The symposium therefore sees that interdisciplinary exchange is in high demand and aims to bring together researchers and practitioners across multiple disciplines – more specifically: signal processing, cryptography, security, human-computer interaction, law, ethics, and anthropology.

The third edition of the VoicePrivacy Challenge Workshop is spearheading the effort to develop privacy preservation solutions for speech technology. It aims to consolidate the newly formed community to develop the task and metrics and to benchmark progress in anonymization solutions using common datasets, protocols and metrics. VoicePrivacy 2022 Challenge participants are encouraged to submit to the SPSC Symposium papers related to their Challenge entry, as well as other scientific papers related to voice privacy and anonymization.

To strengthen the efforts for both events, ease joined discussions, and extend the interdisciplinary exchange, we decided to combine our teams and organized a joined event. For the general symposium, we welcome contributions to related topics, as well as progress reports, project dissemination, or theoretical discussions and “work in progress”. In addition, guests from academia, industry and public institutions as well as interested students are welcome to attend the conference without having to make their own contribution.

Although, we aim for meeting all of you on-site, we also opt for virtual presentations during the symposium.


May, 05

Paper submission opens

May, 27th

Interspeech Early Bird Registration Deadline

June, 7th

Long and short paper submission deadline and VoicePrivacy Challenge paper

July, 5th

Acceptance Notification

July, 31th

Final Paper Submission

August, 19th


Organizing Committee

Ingo SIEGERT, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany

Jennifer WILLIAMS, University of Southampton, UK

Sneha DAS, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

Natalia TOMASHENKO, LIA - Avignon University, France

Program Commitee

Tom BÄCKSTRÖM, Aalto University, Finland

Irina ILLINA, University of Lorraine, France

Hung-yi LEE, National Taiwan University, Taiwan

Karla MARKERT, Fraunhofer AISEC, Germany

Shri NARAYANAN, University of Southern California

Salima MEDHAFFAR, LIA - Avignon University, France

Gerald PENN, University of Toronto, Canada