The 15th International Workshop on Acoustic Signal Enhancement (IWAENC) has been held at Tang Dynasty West Market Hotel in Xi’an, China, on Sept. 13-16, 2016. IWAENC was established in 1993, originally as the International Workshop on Acoustic Echo and Noise Control (this is how the abbreviation IWAENC came into use). It is the leading workshop in the signal processing community addressing theoretical and technical issues related to acoustic and speech signal acquisition and processing. The three-day program consists of oral and poster presentations, keynote talks, and demonstrations.
More information is available at http://www.iwaenc2016.org.
I served as the technical program co-chair of the workshop.
Dear participants, dear friends,
On behalf of the Technical Program Committee, it is my pleasure to welcome you to an exciting technical program offered by the 15th International Workshop on Acoustic Signal Enhancement. The technical program of IWAENC 2016 consists of 5 keynote speeches, 1 tutorial, three poster sessions for regular papers, one special oral session on echo cancellation dedicated to Prof. Steven Grant, two student paper competition sessions and 4 demonstration sessions of our Diamond and Gold sponsors. This year, we received a total of 94 submissions, five were withdrawn. 89 went through a peer-review process. From these, 82 were selected. All submissions received at least two review reports, and about 80% submissions received 3 or 4 reports.
This year the we also pay special attention to student activities, we will have two sessions of student paper competition. Based on the reviewers’ evaluations, Prof. Jacob Benesty, Prof. Hiroshi Saruwatari and I, have shortlisted 10 candidates out of 24 initial requests for the Best Student Paper Award. The final winner will be selected from these 10 candidates after the two competition sessions. It is also worth noting that yesterday afternoon, there was a student forum completely organized by students. Students from several countries shared and exchanged their research experience and enjoyed their time together by cycling on the city wall.
It takes a lot of effort from many individuals to prepare the program of IWAENC 2016. Therefore, we would like to extend our deepest appreciation to all members of the technical committee, keynote and tutorial speakers.. We are most grateful to the reviewers who have so diligently supported the peer review process. The success of the technical program would not have been possible without their tremendous volunteer effort.
I would like to specially thank the other two Technical Program Chairs Prof. Jacob Benesty and Hirosh Saruwatari, General Chairs Jingdong Chen and Andy Khong, for their dedication and hard work that helps to pull together an excellent technical program.
Finally, we would like to express our sincere thanks to our sponsors for their generous support. Last but not least, we would like to thank to all authors around the world for their quality contributions. We hope you enjoy the papers and the ensuing technical discussions during the following three days.
28/24 years has passed since the start of the IWAENC journey; and since then, we all have witnessed amazing technological breakthroughs. Your research has contributed to these breakthroughs throughout these years, and no doubt you will shape up the acoustic technology horizon in the next 20 years. The developed technology will be used to improve and enhance human lives across our globe.
We hope IWAENC of this year offers you a rewarding and exciting experience. Thanks!