Last update : Feb. 16, 2012.

[French version]

Key points


ETAPE is a project targeting the organisation of evaluation campaigns in the field of automatic speech processing. Partially funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR), the project brings together national experts in the organisation of such campaigns under the scientific leadership of the AFCP, the French-speaking Speech Communication Association, a regional branch of ISCA.

The ETAPE 2011 campaign follows the series of ESTER campaigns organized in 2003, 2005 and 2009, targeting a wider variety of speech quality and the more difficult challenge of spontaneous speech. While the initial ESTER campaigns targeted radio broadcast news, the 2009 edition introduced accented speech and non news shows with spontaneous speech. The ETAPE 2011 evaluation will focus on TV material with various level of spontaneous speech and multiple speaker speech. Apart from spontaneous speech, one of the originality of the ETAPE 2011 campaign is that it does not target any particular type of shows such as news, thus fostering the development of general purpose transcription systems for professional quality multimedia material. Annotations will be enriched with phonetic alignments and syntactic trees.


  • definition of the evaluation plan: April 2011
  • distribution of train and dev data: August 2011
  • test phase: March-April 2012
    • March 21: Distribution of test data for tasks S and T
    • March 28: Submission of runs for tasks S and T
    • April 2: Distribution of transcripts of task EN, start fo adjudication of tasks S and T
    • April 10: Submission of runs for task EN
    • April 13 vril : Start of adjudication for task EN
    • April 16 avril: End of adjudication for tasks S and T
    • April 27: End of adjudication for task EN
    • May 3: Release of official results
  • final workshop: May 10-11, 2012

Important documents

Partners of the ETAPE project
: Association Francophone de la Communication Parlée ; Direction Générale pour l'Armement ; Laboratoire National de Métrologie et d'Essais ; ELDA S.A. ; Université Paris 3 / Laboratoire de Phonétique et Phonologie ; Université Paris 7, Laboratoire de Linguistique Formelle.

Contacts : Guillaume Gravier, Gilles Adda

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