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January 20th, 2020

To be held at the Yitzhak Rabin Center, Rokach Blvd 77, Tel Aviv-Yafo


About the conference 2020

The Afeka Conference for Speech Technologies in Healthcare seeks to provide a discussion forum for scientists, engineers, and healthcare professionals, regarding the latest discoveries in the foundations, models and applications of speech technologies for healthcare. As in our previous conferences, we strive to bridge the gap between engineering research and clinical practice using speech-based methodologies.


The Afeka Center for Language Processing (ACLP) is a unique center for research and development in speech and language processing. In the 10 years since its establishment, the ACLP has become Israel’s leading center for speech processing and is continuously developing in the spirit of its founding goals: industry collaboration, independent research, and education of a new generation of speech technology experts. Over the years the center has made substantial contributions in speech and speaker recognition, keyword spotting, topic classification, speaker diarization, language identification, and more. Technologies developed at the ACLP have been integrated in applications designed for various fields including civil and homeland security and healthcare.

The ACLP was founded in 2009 by Prof. Ami Moyal and Prof. Vered Aharonson. In 2014, Dr. Irit Opher took the lead and headed the center until 2018. Currently, research at the ACLP is directed by leading academic experts and the center is managed by Mr. Shai Feinsod.

Conference Program

09:00 Networking & Registration
09:30 Welcome Remarks:
Prof. Ami Moyal, President of Afeka
Prof. Vered Aharonson, Conference Chair, ACLP, Afeka College
09:45 Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Elizabeth Shriberg, Ellipsis Health, San Francisco, USA
Speech Technology for Behavioral Health: Why It's Time to Talk
10:45 Dr. Irit Opher, Microsoft Israel
Identifying Distinctive Acoustic and Spectral Features in Parkinson’s Disease
11:10 Coffee Break
11:30 Guest Speaker:
Dr. Mathew Magimai Doss, Idiap Research Institute, Switzerland
Challenges and Opportunities in Pathological Speech Processing: a TAPAS network perspective
12:20 Dr. Eran Harary, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Israel
Review of Speech Biomarkers in Central Nervous System Disorders
12:45 Lunch
14:00 Guest Speaker:
Prof. Laurence Devillers, Paris-Sorbonne IV, and LIMSI-CNRS, France
“Bad Nudge-Bad Robot” - on Affective and Social Dimensions of Spoken Interactions with Robots
14:45 Dr. Yaniv Zigel, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
Speech Processing for Autism
15:10 Prof. Slawomir Nowaczyk, Center for Applied Intelligent Systems Research, Halmstad University, Sweden
Automatic Assessment of Parkinson's Disease at Home Using Speech
15:30 Coffee Break
15:45 Eran Toledo, EVP & CTO, SANARA VENTURES
Voice analytics in healthcare - the investor perspective
16:05 Panel:
Dr. Elizabeth Shriberg, Dr. Mathew Magimai Doss, Prof. Laurence Devillers and more
16:25 Closing Remarks

Conference Keynote Speaker

Conference Guest Speakers

Dr. Elizabeth Shriberg
Ellipsis Health,
​San Francisco, USA
Dr. Mathew Magimai Doss
Idiap Research Institute, Switzerland
Prof. Laurence Devillers
Paris-Sorbonne IV,
​and LIMSI-CNRS, France
Dr. Irit Opher
Microsoft Israel
Dr. Yaniv Zigel
Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
Prof. Slawomir Nowaczyk
Halmstad University,
Dr. Eran Harary
Teva Pharmaceuticals,

Conference Speakers

Eran Toledo

Conference Sponsors