Message regarding COVID-19 [April 5, 2020]

    Dear Colleagues and Friends,

    IEEE has been monitoring the developing COVID-19 pandemic (Coronavirus). The safety and well-being of all conference participants is our priority. After studying and evaluating the announcements, guidance, and news released by relevant national departments, we are sorry to announce that The 8th IEEE Spoken Language Technology Workshop (SLT) is postponed to be held on January 19-22, 2021 in Shenzhen, China. The important dates are postponed accordingly, as updated in the website.

    Together with the IEEE SPS Speech and Language Processing Technical Committee and the IEEE Signal Processing Society leadership, we will continue to follow the latest updates carefully and take proper actions. Meanwhile, we want to encourage you to continue supporting the workshop by submitting your excellent research work to the open calls and maintaining active communication. We are constantly aimed at conducting and publicizing the outstanding research we do to advance technology for humanity.

    Please take care and stay healthy!


    Zhijian Ou, Tsinghua University (
    Lei Xie, Northwestern Polytechnical University (
    IEEE SLT 2021 General Chairs

About the conference

The SLT Workshop is a biennial flagship event of IEEE Speech and Language Processing Technical Committee. The 8th IEEE Spoken Language Technology Workshop (SLT 2021) will be held on January 19-22, 2021 in Shenzhen, China.

Deep learning has witnessed great success in spoken language technologies over the last decade. We continue welcoming research work from this area. The main theme for SLT 2021 will be around "Spoken language technologies: deep learning and beyond". Besides deep learning, we also encourage explorative efforts on new paradigms and forward-looking approaches for the advancement of spoken language technologies.


The workshop program will keep the successful format of previous SLTs and will feature invited talks/keynotes, regular papers and special sessions. All papers will be presented as posters. A full social program will provide ample opportunities for discussion, including welcome reception, banquet, lunches, etc.

Topics of interest include, but not limited to, the following,

  • Speech recognition and synthesis
  • Spoken language understanding
  • Spoken document retrieval
  • Question answering from speech
  • Assistive technologies
  • Natural language processing
  • Multimodal processing
  • Human/computer interaction
  • Spoken dialog systems
  • Speech data mining
  • Emotion recognition from speech
  • Spoken document summarization
  • Spoken language corpora
  • Speaker/language recognition
  • Evaluation methodologies

Important Dates (AoE)

May 22, 2020Challenge session submission
May 29, 2020Challenge session notification
June 12, 2020Special session proposal due
July 13, 2020Special session notification
August 14, 2020Paper submission due
Oct 26, 2020Paper notification
Nov 20, 2020Demo submission due
Nov 23, 2020Author and early registration due
Dec 13, 2020Demo selection notification
Jan 19-22, 2021Workshop Date


To be announced


General Chairs:

Zhijian Ou (, Lei Xie (

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