Teflon team presents at Interspeech

The 23rd INTERSPEECH Conference took place from September 18 to 22, 2022, at Songdo ConvensiA, in Incheon, Korea, under the theme Human and Humanizing Speech Technology. INTERSPEECH is the world’s largest and most comprehensive conference on the science and technology of spoken language processing. INTERSPEECH conferences emphasize interdisciplinary approaches addressing all aspects of speech science and technology, ranging from basic theory to advanced applications.

Truly a city of the future, Songdo sits adjacent to Seoul, regarded as one of the technology capitals of the world. The city’s underground railway already offers high-speed WiFi, with electronic panels at the exits and provides the waiting time for connecting to buses or trains, while companies like Samsung Electronics are already working on linking household devices to mobile phones. On the technological front, Songdo is a brand-new city that offers the chance to integrate innovation into daily life truly.

This year, the Teflon team submitted a paper titled “wav2vec2-based Speech Rating System for Children with Speech Sound Disorder” to Interspeech. The article described our initial systems developed using Sofia Strömbergsson’s corpus of children suffering from speech sound disorder. Speech therapies, which could aid these children in speech acquisition, greatly rely on speech practice trials and accurate feedback about their pronunciations. Our solutions could be the basis for software tools that would enable home therapy and lessen the burden on speech-language pathologists. Our submission was accepted with very positive reviews and selected for a poster presentation.

We (Tamás & Mikko) presented our poster on Wednesday, September 21, 13:30-15:30(KST). We were lucky enough to be placed right in front of the main entrance, resulting in many people stopping at our stand to check the poster.

We had several very intriguing conversations and gained some valuable ideas and suggestions from our colleagues, which we will explore in the future. After a fruitful poster session, we let some steam off during the gala banquet, where we had the chance to sample Korean cuisine and listen to some authentic K-POP music.



Getman, Y., Al-Ghezi, R., Voskoboinik, K., Grósz, T., Kurimo, M., Salvi, G., Svendsen, T., Strömbergsson, S. (2022) wav2vec2-based Speech Rating System for Children with Speech Sound Disorder. Proc. Interspeech 2022, 3618-3622, doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2022-10103