2017 Speech Processing Courses in Crete
Towards Intelligible and Conversational Speech Synthesis Engines

24-28 July 2017    University of Crete, Heraklion, Crete, Greece


The Speech Processing Courses in Crete (SPCC) are targeting to teach graduate students and researchers the latest advancements of speech processing covering theory, hands on, and establishing contacts between the academics and industry. The school will provide the chance to students and professionals to meet world leaders in speech technology, exchanging ideas, sharing experiences and vision.
The Summer School is organized by the University of Crete, Greece. It is sponsored by Toshiba, Google, IBM, and ILSP Athena. We thank our sponsors for their support.

For 2017, the school topic is: Towards Intelligible and Conversational Speech Synthesis Engines

The topic includes:
  • Modern Acoustic Modelling Approaches (DNN/LSTM, WaveNet)
  • Text Normalization and Linguistic Analysis
  • Prosody
  • Advanced Vocoders and Modifications (Voice Conversion)
  • Intelligibility and Cognitive Effort in Speech Synthesis


  • 1-8-2017: Photos from the school can be found here.
  • 29-7-2017: Congratulations to the "Best Poster Award" winner
    • Kanru Hua, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, for his poster entitled Nebula: F0 Estimation and Voicing Detection by Modeling the Statistical Properties of Feature Extractors.

  • 18-7-2017: The bus route maps are available here.
  • 18-7-2017: Poster sessions are available! Please check the this PDF.
  • 18-7-2017: Participation in the SPCC 2017 Summer School grants 3 ECTS to students in European Universities. Please send an e-mail to Dr Kafentzis (kafentz AT csd DOT uoc DOT gr) should you need such a certificate.
  • 18-7-2017: Preliminary-information e-mails have been sent to lecturers and participants. Please send an e-mail to Dr Kafentzis (kafentz AT csd DOT uoc DOT gr) if you have not received any e-mail.
  • 5-7-2017: This year's banquet will take place in "Arolithos", a traditional Cretan village!
  • 5-7-2017: School poster is ready!
  • 5-7-2017: Programme updated!
  • 4-5-2017: School leaflet here!
  • 28-4-2017: Preliminary programme announced!
  • 15-2-2017: School Announcement (leaflet - PDF)
  • Registration Info

    Students: €350, Non-students: €500, to cover lunches, coffee breaks, banquet, school materials, bus transfer between city and campus. Limited number of places for highly motivated researchers and students, so reserve your position soon (yannis@csd.uoc.gr).


    Participants, if they wish, are expected to present their work as a poster (119cm width x 97cm height, at most) or demo, during 1 hour in each day (at the mid of each school day). There will be an award for the best student poster/demo which will be announced during the last day (closing ceremony). Theory will be followed by hands on sessions while speech synthesis systems will be demonstrated by the lecturers during the last day of the school.

    School Poster

    Here is the school poster for 2017!