Afeka Academic College of Engineering in Tel Aviv ranks among Israel’s leading academic institutes of engineering, and is accredited by the Council for Higher Education. Afeka was founded in 1996, and has since been a home for over 8,000 bachelor’s and master’s engineering and science alumni.
Afeka applies a unique model of engineering education, employing a holistic view of students’ educational process throughout their school years and their activities. Learning in performed in classrooms and labs, as well as in many extracurriculars activities. The innovative pedagogy promotes diversity in teaching and learning methods and incorporates advanced technologies to support the acquisition of soft skills, such as teamwork and effective presentation in English.
Afeka is the home of The Afeka Center for Language Processing (ACLP) – a unique Israeli center for R&D in speech and language processing. ACLP activities include joint projects with the Israeli industry and government offices, grant-funded research projects, specialized courses for speech professionals and project opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate students.
From 2010 to 2022, Afeka hosted an annual summit on speech processing, organized by ACLP. The summit facilitated a yearly meeting between academic researchers and senior industry professionals, and provided a platform for international, multidisciplinary discussions on developments in the field.
Founded in 1955, Bar-Ilan University is one of Israel’s leading institutions of higher education, uniquely combining cutting-edge scientific research with education steeped in Jewish values and social responsibility. From 70 students to 20,000, its milestone achievements in the sciences and humanities and all fields of human endeavor have made an indelible imprint on the landscape of the State of Israel.
The university has nine faculties: Jewish Studies, Medicine, Engineering, Law, Life Sciences, Exact Sciences, Social Sciences, Education, and Humanities. These faculties are active partners in Israel’s national science and technology initiatives. Seeking “Impact Beyond Excellence,” BIU has created challenge-driven research centers that embrace practical research designed to change and improve the human experience.
The Faculty of Engineering at Bar-Ilan University was established in October 2011 and is one of the leading Engineering Faculties in Israel. The faculty has six study programs. Four new programs, industrial engineering and information systems, data engineering, software engineering, and materials engineering, recently joined the two original programs: electrical engineering and computer engineering.
Prof. Sharon Gannot leads the new and unique Data Engineering program, focusing on machine learning and signal processing. He also heads the Acoustic Signal Processing Laboratory at the Faculty of Engineering, which was inaugurated in 2009.
ISCA is a non-profit organization. Its original statutes (statutes in French or their translation in English) were deposited on February 23rd at the Prefecture of Grenoble in France by René CARRÉ and registered on March 27th, 1988.
The association started as ESCA (European Speech Communication Association) and, since its foundation, has been steadily expanding and consolidating its activities. It has offered an increasing range of services and benefits to its members and also it has put its financial and administrative functions on a firm professional footing. Indeed, over the ten years of its existence, ESCA has evolved from a small EEC-supported European organization to a fully-independent and self-supporting international association.
At the General Assembly that took place during the Eurospeech conference in Budapest (September 1999), ESCA became a truly international association in the global field of speech science and technology, changing its name to ISCA (International Speech Communication Association) and modifying its statutes accordingly.
The purpose of the association is to promote, in an international world-wide context, activities and exchanges in all fields related to speech communication science and technology. The association is aimed at all persons and institutions interested in fundamental research and technological development that aims at describing, explaining and reproducing the various aspects of human communication by speech, that is, without assuming this enumeration to be exhaustive, phonetics, linguistics, computer speech recognition and synthesis, speech compression, speaker recognition, aids to medical diagnosis of voice pathologies.
For more information about ISCA, click here to visit their website.