LINGUIST List 31.2928

Mon Sep 28 2020

Confs: Comp Ling/USA

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 24-Sep-2020
From: Carl Rubino <>
Subject: Open Automatic Speech Recognition Challenge and Workshop
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Open Automatic Speech Recognition Challenge and Workshop
Short Title: OpenASR20

Date: 03-Nov-2020 - 10-Nov-2020
Location: Gaithersburg, MD, USA
Contact: Carl Rubino
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Amharic; English; Vietnamese

Meeting Description:

The goal of the OpenASR20 is to assess the state of the art of ASR technologies for low-resource languages. The OpenASR20 Challenge is an open challenge created out of the IARPA (Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity) MATERIAL (Machine Translation for English Retrieval of Information in Any Language) program that encompasses more tasks, including CLIR (cross-language information retrieval), domain classification, and summarization. For every year of MATERIAL, NIST supports a simplified, smaller scale evaluation open to all, focusing on a particular technology aspect of MATERIAL. CLIR technologies were the focus of the first open challenge in 2019, OpenCLIR. In 2020, the focus is on ASR. The capabilities tested in the open challenges are expected to ultimately support the MATERIAL task of effective triage and analysis of large volumes of data, in a variety of less-studied languages.


IARPA and NIST would like to announce that the Development Period for the OpenASR20 Speech Recognition Challenge has officially commenced, but we are still accepting registrations. Training and development data are now available to all registrants in the ten languages of the challenge: Amharic, Cantonese, Guarani, Javanese, Kurmanji, Mongolian, Pashto, Somali, Tamil and Vietnamese.

For more information and to participate, please visit:

Development Period: Started
Evaluation period: November 3-10, 2020
System description due to NIST: November 23, 2020

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