Calls & Dates

  • Sep. 15 Deadline for proposals for workshops, tutorials, and special sessions
  • Oct. 01 Opening of online paper submission
  • Oct. 15 Notification of acceptance/rejection for proposals for workshops, tutorials, and special sessions
  • Dec. 20 Full paper submission deadline
  • Dec. 20 (AoE) Strict deadline of paper submission, when authors have to fix title, authors, affiliation, and abstract. AoE = Anywhere on Earth.
  • Jan. 03 (AoE) Strict deadline of revising the paper before reviewing
  • Feb. 21 Feb.29 Notification of paper acceptance/rejection. After that, registration will start.
  • Mar. 06 Mar. 14 (AoE) Deadline to upload camera-ready papers
  • Mar. 20 April. 2 (AoE) Early bird registration deadline
  • Apr. 26 (AoE) Deadline to submit a presentation video
  • Apr. 30 (AoE) Strict deadline for full registration to publish an accepted paper in the proceedings
  • Apr. 30 (AoE) Standard registration deadline
  • May 22 (AoE) Strict deadline for general registration
    Extended to Aug 31 (JST).
  • May 25 (JST) The first day of advance viewing, where only registered participants can view presentation videos.
  • Aug 31 (JST) The last day of advance viewing
  • Sep 1 (JST) The first day of public viewing, where only a part of the presentation videos will be publicly viewable.

We will accept your proposals for papers, workshops, tutorials, and special sessions if the proposals satisfy the quality that the SPro2020 committee expect. Interested researchers should check the following instructions.


The conference theme will be “Communicative and interactive prosody”, but submissions addressing any aspect of the science and technology of prosody are welcome. Past conferences have been attended by 300-400 prosody researchers from diverse fields, including linguistics, acoustics, speech technology, cognitive science, neuroscience, speech therapy, audiology and hearing science, language teaching, computer science, electrical engineering and forensic science. Online submission will be available on Oct. 1.
Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Phonology and phonetics of prosody
  • Rhythm and timing
  • Tone and intonation
  • Cognitive processing and modeling of prosody
  • Interaction between segmental and suprasegmental features
  • Syntax, semantics, and pragmatics
  • Prosody in language and music
  • Acquisition of first, second and third language prosody
  • Prosody in Computer Language Learning systems
  • Speaking style and personality
  • Speaking style and communication settings
  • Prosody in speech recognition and understanding
  • Prosody in speaker characterization and recognition
  • Identification & description of prosody for multilingual dialogue systems
  • Measurements of prosodic parameters
  • Prosody in audiology and phoniatrics
  • Forensic voice and language investigations
  • Prosody of sign language

The SPro2020 organizing committee invites proposals for prosody-related workshops to be co-located with the conference. The committee is happy to help with arrangements, and for this reason we request that proposers detail their plans and requirements. If you are interested in organizing a workshop, please send to the SPro2020 committee a proposal including:

  • Workshop name and acronym
  • Organizers’ name and contact info (e-mail, possibly also mobile phone as quick contact may be necessary immediately before or during the conference)
  • Proposed duration of the workshop, and possible and desired dates
  • Estimated number of participants
  • Invited speakers (if any)
  • Technical requirements
  • A short description of the workshop to be published on the conference web

We anticipate that for most workshops the papers will be handled using the regular submission and review process, with input from the workshop organizers, and that submissions deemed not to fit the scope of a given workshop will be then considered as regular conference submissions. Other procedures are possible.


The SPro2020 organizing committee invites proposals for tutorials to be held before the conference. We welcome proposals for tutorials on practical skills required in prosodic research, involving software and hardware tools or experimental, computational and analytic methods and techniques. We also welcome other kinds of tutorials on any topic in speech prosody, including in teaching, therapy, art, and so on. If you are interested in offering a tutorial, please contact the SPro2020 committee.
Your proposal should include:

  • Tutorial name and acronym
  • Organizers’ (and tutors’) name and contact info (e-mail, possibly also mobile phone)
  • Proposed duration of the tutorial (not to exceed 3 hours)
  • Profile of the expected audience (e.g., young researchers, experienced researchers, expected background and skills)
  • Estimated number of participants and the upper limit
  • Technical requirements
  • A short description of the tutorial to be published on the conference web

With a view to enhancing the Technical Program, the SP2020 committee is seeking proposals for special sessions to be held during the conference. We encourage proposals on interdisciplinary topics and/or important new emerging areas of interest. If you are interested in organizing a special session, please contact the SPro2020 committee.
Your proposal should include:

  • Title of the proposed session
  • Names and affiliations of organizers (including brief bio and contact information)
  • Tentative list of papers (titles/affiliations /authors), if available
  • Justification of interest, fit, and impact for the SP2020 scopes (maximum 1 page)
  • Additional or non-standard resources (e.g. data, equipment, poster stands, etc.) required for organizing the special session

The submitted proposals will be reviewed by the special session co-chairs. Each special session is expected to consist of at least four accepted papers.  Papers intended for special sessions should be submitted through the regular conference submission system, and the same review procedure and criteria will be applied.