Part I: General Information

Procedure

The ICASSP 2014 paper submission and review process is being conducted in a manner similar to previous ICASSP conferences with the significant change introduced last year being an optional 5th page for references only:

• Authors who wish to participate in the conference will create documents consisting of a complete description of their ideas and applicable research results in a maximum of 4 pages for technical content including figures and possible references, and with one additional optional 5th page containing only references.
• Submit the paper and copyright form electronically. This paper submission must be submitted in final, publishable form before the submission deadline listed below.
• Check the ICASSP 2014 website for the status of your paper.
• Paper submissions will be reviewed by experts selected by the conference committee for their demonstrated knowledge of particular topics. The progress and results of the review process will be posted on this website, and authors will also be notified of the review results by email.
• If your paper is accepted, it will be assigned to either a lecture or a poster session by the program committee. Prepare a lecture or poster presentation accordingly, following the guidelines included in this document.

The review process is being conducted entirely online. To make the review process easy for the reviewers, and to assure that the paper submissions will be readable through the online review system, we ask that authors submit paper documents that are formatted according to the Paper Kit instructions included here.

Requirements

Papers may be no longer than 5 pages, including all text, figures, and references, and the 5th page may contain only references.

Papers must be submitted by the deadline date. There will be no exceptions.

Accepted papers MUST be presented at the conference by one of the authors. One of the authors MUST register for the conference at one of the non-student rates offered, and MUST register before the deadline given for author registration. Failure to register before the deadline will result in automatic withdrawal of your paper from the conference proceedings and program.
While there is no limit to the number of papers that a single author can submit and possibly present, a single registration at one of the non-student rates may only cover up to four (4) papers.

ICASSP 2014 requires that each accepted paper be presented by one of the authors in-person at the conference site according to the schedule published. Any paper accepted into the technical program, but not presented on-site will be withdrawn from the official proceedings archived on IEEE Xplore.

Deadlines and Important Dates

 Submission of Regular Papers October 27, 2013 November 4, 2013 Notification of Acceptance (by email) January 27, 2014 February 3, 2014 Author's Registration Deadline March 14, 2014

Correspondence

Please make sure to put the conference name (ICASSP 2014) and the paper number that is assigned to you on all correspondence.

Additional questions regarding submission of papers should be directed to the following address:

ICASSP 2014
Publication Chair
Maria Sabrina Greco
Tel: +39 050 2217620
E-mail: m.greco@iet.unipi.it

Document Preparation

1) The LaTeX Template, Microsoft Word Template, and PDF Sample files do not have the exact margins or measurements as those described in the paper kit. What are the correct measurements?

1-Ans) The Paper Kit description should be considered the final word. Because of software version differences, installed font differences, and other system-specific issues, the final PDF or Postscript file that you create from the given templates may not exactly match the sample manuscript found in the paper kit. The measurements given in these templates and in the official Paper Kit description are not intended to be followed with extreme precision. However, the general structure and layout of the document should be substantially the same as the templates and sample manuscript. This means: the title should appear at the top of the first page, the author list should appear beneath the title, the first paragraph of the document should be the abstract section, the document should be in two-column format with reasonable margins and column spacing, and the font size should be no smaller than 9pt. For the camera-ready submission, IEEE PDF eXpress® Plus Client Center will be available to check the pdf files.

2) I need more time to complete my manuscript; I cannot complete it by the published deadline. Can I have an extension?

2-Ans) The published manuscript submission deadline was selected so that submitted manuscripts may receive sufficient and thorough reviews and so that presenting authors of accepted papers will have sufficient time to arrange for travel to the event site. By granting an extension, the rest of the development of the technical program would be delayed. The deadline for submission of manuscripts is known well in advance, thus, no extension will be granted for any reason.

3) My manuscript has authors from more than 2 affiliations; My manuscript has several authors. But the LaTeX template supports only 2 authors. How should I list multiple authors in the heading of my manuscript?

3-Ans) There are several formats commonly used for formatting author lists of 3 or more authors or where there are 3 or more different affiliations for authors. The preferred method is to list the author names with identifying marks (superscript numbers, for example) and then a legend below the name list with the respective affiliation descriptions. Be sure that the author list does not exceed the margins of the page. An example is provided:

\name{Author Name$^{\star \dagger}$ \qquad Author Name$^{\star}$ \qquad Author Name$^{\dagger}$}\address{$^{\star}$ Affiliation Number One \\    $^{\dagger}$}Affiliation Number Two

Manuscript Submission

4) How will I know if my submission is valid for review?

4-Ans) All submitted manuscripts will be inspected for general adherence to the paper kit guidelines (i.e. page count limits, page margins, font problems) and submission procedure (i.e. the title on the uploaded file matches the title typed into the web submission form, the author list on the uploaded file matches the author list typed into the web submission form, etc.). Authors designated as "contact author" will be notified by email only if any problems are found. The status of your submission can be checked online at any time using the assigned paper number and an access code.

5) Why did my submission fail document inspection? Can I try again?

5-Ans) There are many reasons why a submitted manuscript might fail the "inspection" process.

6) How can I withdraw or cancel my submission?

6-Ans) Send an email to general support email address requesting the withdrawal of the manuscript. This email MUST include the assigned paper ID and should include in the cc: line all of the authors currently listed on the manuscript. If the latter is not done, then a note will be sent to all authors requesting confirmation of the request as withdrawal of a manuscript can only be done on the agreement of all authors.

7) I recently discovered that I am required to acknowledge the sponsor of my research in order to receive funding, but the deadline for submitting the final manuscript has passed. What should I do?

7-Ans) The deadlines for final manuscript submission are firm and are chosen to allow sufficent time for the preparation and production of the conference proceedings in time for distribution at the event. Be sure to check with financial sponsors before the final manuscript submission deadline concerning this potential requirement.

Registration

8) The paper kit and web site state that every paper must have an author registered by a certain date. If I am the presenting author of multiple papers, does this mean I should register multiple times?

8-Ans) No, each valid registration to the conference can be linked with up to 4 accepted papers. Note that the registered person should be a named author on any papers he or she is linking with the registration.

9) The web site states that only non-student registrations can be linked with accepted papers. I am a student and will be the presenting author; how should I register?

9-Ans) The policy is that each paper should be linked with a non-student-rate registration. Students who are the only presenting authors of papers should choose one of the non-student rates. For example, a student who is an IEEE Graduate Student Member and is the only attending author of a paper should choose to register at the IEEE Member rate. A student who is not a member of IEEE in any way should choose to register at the Non-Member rate. Please DO NOT have an author who does not intend to attend register only to link papers.

10) The members of our team have not yet decided who will be the one(s) to attend and present our paper(s), but the author registration deadline is approaching. Can we change the name of the person registered later on?

10-Ans) One substitute is allowed for a registration. Please have the original registered person reply to the registration confirmation email and request to transfer his or her registration to someone else. Be sure to include the full contact information for the substitute. Such requests must be received no later than 2 weeks prior to the start of the event.

11) When I registered, I was not a member of IEEE, but I recently did join. Can I receive a refund of the difference between the member and non-member registration fees?

11-Ans) No, one must be a member of IEEE at the time of registration in order to receive the lower registration fee benefit. Joining IEEE can be done online quickly and the Member Number is assigned within a few days in most cases.

Part II: Preparation of the Paper

Document Formatting

Use the following guidelines when preparing your document:

LENGTH: You are allowed a total of 5 pages for your document. Up to 4 pages may contain technical content, figures, and references, while the 5th page may contain only references. This is the maximum number of pages that will be accepted, including all figures, tables, and references. Any documents that exceed the 5 page limit or have a 5th page containing anything other than references, will be rejected.

LANGUAGE: All proposals must be in English.

MARGINS: Documents should be formatted for standard letter-size (8-1/2" by 11" or 216mm by 279mm) paper. Any text or other material outside the margins specified below will not be accepted:

• All text and figures must be contained in a 178 mm x 229 mm (7 inch x 9 inch) image area.
• The left margin must be 19 mm (0.75 inch).
• The top margin must be 25 mm (1.0 inch), except for the title page where it must be 35 mm (1.375 inches).
• Text should appear in two columns, each 86 mm (3.39 inch) wide with 6 mm (0.24 inch) space between columns.
• On the first page, the top 50 mm (2") of both columns is reserved for the title, author(s), and affiliation(s). These items should be centered across both columns, starting at 35 mm (1.375 inches) from the top of the page.
• The paper abstract should appear at the top of the left-hand column of text, about 12 mm (0.5") below the title area and no more than 80 mm (3.125") in length. Leave 12 mm (0.5") of space between the end of the abstract and the beginning of the main text.

TYPE:

Face: To achieve the best viewing experience for the review process and conference proceedings, we strongly encourage authors to use Times-Roman or Computer Modern fonts. If a font face is used that is not recognized by the submission system, your proposal will not be reproduced correctly.

Size: Use a font size that is no smaller than 9 points throughout the paper, including figure captions. In 9-point type font, capital letters are 2 mm high. For 9-point type font, there should be no more than 3.2 lines/cm (8 lines/inch) vertically. This is a minimum spacing; 2.75 lines/cm (7 lines/inch) will make the proposal much more readable. Larger type sizes require correspondingly larger vertical spacing.

TITLE: The paper title must appear in boldface letters and should be in ALL CAPITALS. Do not use LaTeX math notation ($x_y$) in the title; the title must be representable in the Unicode character set. Also try to avoid uncommon acronyms in the title.

AUTHOR LIST: The authors' name(s) and affiliation(s) appear below the title in capital and lower case letters. ICASSP does not perform blind reviews, so be sure to include the author list in your submitted paper. Proposals with multiple authors and affiliations may require two or more lines for this information. The order of the authors on the document should exactly match in number and order the authors typed into the online submission form.

The LaTeX template has instructions for listing one or two authors. If you need to list more than 2 authors, please use the following structure:

\name{Author Name$^{\star \dagger}$ \qquad Author Name$^{\star}$ \qquad Author Name$^{\dagger}$}\address{$^{\star}$ Affiliation Number One \\    $^{\dagger}$}Affiliation Number Two

ABSTRACT: Each paper should contain an abstract of 100 to 150 words that appears at the beginning of the document. Use the same text that is submitted electronically along with the author contact information.

INDEX TERMS (KEYWORDS): Enter up to 5 keywords separated by commas. Keywords may be selected from the IEEE keyword list found at: http://www.ieee.org/organizations/pubs/ani_prod/keywrd98.txt.

BODY: Major headings appear in boldface CAPITAL letters, centered in the column. Subheadings appear in capital and lower case, either underlined or in boldface. They start at the left margin of the column on a separate line. Sub-subheadings are discouraged, but if they must be used, they should appear in capital and lower case, and start at the left margin on a separate line. They may be underlined or in italics.

RELATION TO PRIOR WORK: The text of the paper should contain discussions on how the paper's contributions are related to prior work in the field. It is important to put new work in context, to give credit to foundational work, and to provide details associated with the previous work that have appeared in the literature. This discussion may be a separate, numbered section or it may appear elsewhere in the body of the manuscript, but it must be present.

You should differentiate what is new and how your work expands on or takes a different path from the prior studies. An example might read something to the effect: "The work presented here has focused on the formulation of the ABC algorithm, which takes advantage of non-uniform time-frequency domain analysis of data. The work by Smith and Cohen [1] considers only fixed time-domain analysis and the work by Jones et al [2] takes a different approach based on fixed frequency partitioning. While the present study is related to recent approaches in time-frequency analysis [3-5], it capitalizes on a new feature space, which was not considered in these earlier studies.

REFERENCES: List and number all bibliographical references at the end of the paper. The references can be numbered in alphabetic order or in order of appearance in the document. When referring to them in the text, type the corresponding reference number in square brackets as shown at the end of this sentence [2]. An additional final page (the fifth page, in most cases) is allowed, but must contain only references to the prior literature.

The end of the document should include a list of references containing information similar to the following example:

[1] D. E. Ingalls, "Image Processing for Experts," IEEE Trans. ASSP, vol. ASSP-36, pp. 1932-1948, 1988.

ILLUSTRATIONS & COLOR: Illustrations must appear within the designated margins. They may span the two columns. If possible, position illustrations at the top of columns, rather than in the middle or at the bottom. Caption and number every illustration. All halftone illustrations must be clear in black and white. Since the printed proceedings will be produced in black and white, be sure that your images are acceptable when printed in black and white (the electronic, conference-distributed proceedings and the IEEE Xplore proceedings will retain the colors in your document).

PAGE NUMBERS: Do not put page numbers on your document. Appropriate page numbers will be added to accepted papers when the conference proceedings are assembled.

Templates

The following style files and templates are available for users of LaTeX and Microsoft Word:

We recommend that you use the Word file or LaTeX files to produce your document, since they have been set up to meet the formatting guidelines listed above. When using these files, double-check the paper size in your page setup to make sure you are using the letter-size paper layout (8.5" X 11") or A4 paper layout (210mm X 297mm). The LaTeX environment files specify suitable margins, page layout, text, and a bibliography style.

In particular, with LaTeX, there are cases where the top-margin of the resulting Postscript or PDF file does not meet the specified parameters. In this case, you may need to add a \topmargin=0mm command just after the \begin{document} command in your .tex file. The spacing of the top margin is not critical, as the page contents will be adjusted on the proceedings. The critical dimensions are the actual width and height of the page content.

Part III: Submission and Review of the Paper

The review process will be performed from the electronic submission of your paper. To ensure that your document is compatible with the review system, please adhere to the following compatibility requirements:

File Format

The 'IEEE Requirements for PDF Documents' MUST be followed EXACTLY. The conference is required to ensure that documents follow this specification. The requirements are enumerated in:

Papers must be submitted in Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) format.

PDF and Postscript files:

• must not have Adobe Document Protection or Document Security enabled,
• must have either 'US Letter' or 'A4' sized pages,
• must be in first-page-first order, and
• must have ALL FONTS embedded and subset.

For the camera-ready submission, IEEE PDF eXpress® Plus Client Center will be available to check the pdf files.

File Size Limit

Authors will be permitted to submit a document file up to 10 MB (megabytes) in size. To request an exception, contact the paper submission technical support at: papers@icassp2014.org.

Electronic Paper Submission

When you have your document file ready, gather the following information before entering the submission system:

• Document file in PDF
• Affiliation, email address, and mailing address for each author
• Paper title
• Text file containing paper abstract text, in ASCII text format (for copying and pasting into web page form)

To submit your document and author information, go to the 'Paper Submission' link on the ICASSP 2014 homepage:

http://www.icassp2014.org/

The submission system will present a page with a list of tracks under the master conference ICASSP2014 that accept the submission. For regular papers:

ICASSP2014 - AASP Audio and Acoustic Signal Processing
ICASSP2014 - BISP Bio Imaging and Signal Processing
ICASSP2014 - DISPS Design and Implementation of Signal Processing Systems
ICASSP2014 - IDSP Industry Digital Signal Processing Technology
ICASSP2014 - IFS Information Forensics and Security
ICASSP2014 - IVMSP Image, Video, and Multidimensional Signal Processing
ICASSP2014 - MLSP Machine Learning for Signal Processing
ICASSP2014 - MMSP Multimedia Signal Processing
ICASSP2014 - SAM Sensor Array and Multichannel
ICASSP2014 - SLTC I - Human Language Technology
ICASSP2014 - SLTC II - Speech Processing
ICASSP2014 - SPCOM Signal Processing for Communications and Networking
ICASSP2014 - SPTM Signal Processing Theory and Methods

Click on the name of the track of your interest. The submission system will present now an entry form to allow you to enter the paper title, abstract text, paper category (student or regular), and topics of your track (please choose between 1 and 3 topics).

There are not topics for the special sessions. For the submission of special sessions papers a password is necessary. The invited prospective authors should have received it by the Special Sessions Organizers.

After you submit this information, the system will display a page with the data that you entered so that you may verify its accuracy. If you need to change the data to fix a mistake, select the "edit paper icon" (pen icon) in each line you want to change.

To add all the authors click on the "+" icon and enter all the information. ALL authors must be entered in the online form, and must appear in the online form in the same order in which the authors appear on the PDF

To upload the PDF file click on the "upload manuscript" icon (folder icon on last line) and follow the instructions. ftp upload is not allowed. Depending on the size of your file and your internet connection speed, this upload may take a few minutes. At the end of a successful upload, you will see a confirmation page displaying the paper number that is assigned to you, and and email message will be sent to the corresponding authors' email addresses to confirm that the file has been uploaded. If you do not see the confirmation page after uploading your file, we may not have successfully received your file upload. If you encounter trouble, contact the ICASSP2014 publication chair at: papers@icassp2014.org.

IEEE Copyright Transfer Form

All the accepted papers must have an IEEE Electronic Copyright form submitted before the presentation at the conference.

The electronic copyright form is digitally linked to your submission; if you revise/update your paper's title or author list, the copyright form will still apply. There is no need to submit a new copyright form.

The confirmation page that is displayed after uploading your final, camera-ready document file will also have a link to the IEEE Electronic Copyright Form (eCF) system. That system will guide you through a series of questions to determine the type of copyright form required for your manuscript and will electronically record your signature. You will have the opportunity to download a PDF version of your electronically-signed copyright form, and both the IEEE eCF system and the ICASSP 2014 system will send you a confirmation of the receipt of the properly signed form.

Online Review Process

After submission, your paper will be entered into the review process. A committee of reviewers selected by the conference committee will review the documents and rate them according to quality, relevence, and correctness. The conference technical committee will use these reviews to determine which papers will be accepted for presentation in the conference. The result of the technical committee's decision will be communicated to the submitting authors by email, along with any reviewer comments, if any.

Authors will be notified of paper acceptance or non-acceptance by email as close as possible to the published author notification date. The email notification may include the presentation format chosen for your paper (lecture or poster) and also include the presentation date and time, if available.

The notification email will include comments from the reviewers. The conference cannot guarantee that all of the reviewers will provide the level of comment desired by you. However, reviewers are encouraged to submit as detailed comments as possible.

Because of the short amount of time between paper acceptance decisions and the beginning of the publication process, ICASSP 2014 is not able to allow for a two-way discourse between the authors and the reviewers of a paper. If there appears to be a logistical error in the reviewer comments, such as the reviewer commenting on the wrong paper, etc., please contact the ICASSP2014 Technical Chairs : technicalchairs@icassp2014.org.

Accepted Paper Revisions

Limited revisions to accepted papers will be allowed. In general, changes should be limited to areas in which improvement was recommended by the reviewers. Changes to the title and author list are not allowed except for extraordinary circumstances. The time period allowed for revision to accepted papers is very short and the schedule will be held strictly, so if you decide to make revisions to your paper, be sure it is finished during the paper revision time period.

Required Author Registration

Be sure that at least one author registers to attend the conference using the online registration system available through the conference website. Each paper must have at least one author registered, with the payment received by the author registration deadline (see above) to avoid being withdrawn from the conference.

http://www.icassp2014.org/

Copyright Issues for Web Publication

If you plan to publish a copy of an accepted paper on the Internet by any means, you MUST display the following IEEE copyright notice on the first page that displays IEEE published (and copyrighted) material:

Copyright 2014 IEEE. Published in the IEEE 2014 International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP 2014), scheduled for 4-9 May 2014 in Florence, Italy. Personal use of this material is permitted. However, permission to reprint/republish this material for advertising or promotional purposes or for creating new collective works for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or to reuse any copyrighted component of this work in other works, must be obtained from the IEEE. Contact: Manager, Copyrights and Permissions / IEEE Service Center / 445 Hoes Lane / P.O. Box 1331 / Piscataway, NJ 08855-1331, USA. Telephone: + Intl. 908-562-3966.

If you post an electronic version of an accepted paper, you must provide the IEEE with the electronic address (URL, FTP address, etc.) of the posting.

Part IV: Preparation of the Presentation

When we send the review results for your paper by email, that email message will specify whether accepted papers have been assigned for presentation in a poster session or lecture (oral) session. To help authors prepare for lecture and poster presentations, the following suggestions have been created:

Lecture Presentations

We recommend all speakers to pay special attention to their presentation time: each paper is allocated 20 minutes in oral sessions. Each presentation should take about 17-18 minutes, leaving 2-3 minutes for introduction, summary from the Chairman, as well as questions from the audience. To achieve appropriate timing, organize your slides around the points you intend to make, using no more than one slide per minute. A reasonable strategy is to allocate about 2 minutes per slide when there are equations or important key points to make, and one minute per slide when the content is less complex. Slides attract and hold attention, and reinforce what you say - provided you keep them simple and easy to read. Plan on covering at most 6 points per slide, explained by 6 to 12 spoken sentences, and no more than about two spoken minutes.

Make sure each of your key points is easy to explain with aid of the material on your slides. Do not read directly from the slide during your presentation. You shouldn't need to prepare a written speech, although it is often a good idea to prepare the opening and closing sentences in advance. It is very important that you rehearse your presentation in front of an audience before you give your presentation at ICASSP. Presenters must be sufficiently familiar with the material being presented to answer detailed questions from the audience.

A computer-driven slideshow for use with a data projector is recommended for your talk at ICASSP. All presentation rooms will be equipped with a computer, a data projector, a microphone (for large rooms), a lectern, and a pointing device. If you need any other non-standard audio or visual equipment, such as a DVD player, or a 35mm slide projector, please send a request for such equipment by email to papers@icassp2014.org. Such requests must be received one month in advance to the conference date. Failure to make prior arrangements may mean that the equipment will not be available to you. On the day of your presentation, please go to the allocated room 15 to 30 minutes before the session starts to upload your presentation on the PC in the room, to contact the Session Chair, and to make all due arrangements for your presentation.

Poster Presentations

Poster sessions are a good medium for authors to present papers and meet with interested attendees for in-depth technical discussion. In addition, attendees find the poster sessions a good way to sample many papers in parallel sessions. Therefore, it is important that you display your message clearly and noticeably to attract people who might have an interest in your paper.

Your poster should cover the key points of your work. It need not, and should not, attempt to include all the details: you can describe them in person to people who are interested. It is not advisable to prepare your poster just as the collection of the same PowerPoint slides you’d use for an oral presentation. The ideal poster is designed to attract attention, provide a brief overview of your work, and initiate discussion. Carefully and completely prepare your poster well in advance of the conference. Try tacking up the poster before you leave for the conference to see how it will look like, and to make sure that you have all of the necessary pieces.

The title of your poster should appear at the top in CAPITAL letters about 25mm high. Below the title put the author(s)' name(s) and affiliation(s). The flow of your poster should be from the top left to the bottom right. Use arrows to lead your viewer through the poster. Use color for highlighting and to make your poster more attractive. Use pictures, diagrams, cartoons, figures, etc., rather than text wherever possible. Try to state your main result in 6 lines or less, in lettering about 15mm high so that people can read the poster from a distance. The smallest text on your poster should be at least 9mm high, and the important points should be in a larger size. Use a sans-serif font (such as "cmss" in the Computer Modern family or the "Helvetica" PostScript font) to make the print easier to read from a distance.

Make your poster as self-explanatory as possible. This will save your efforts for technical discussions. There will not be any summaries given at the beginning of the poster sessions at ICASSP 2014, so authors need not prepare any slides for their poster presentations. Posters will be on display for discussion for the whole duration of your poster session. Presenters are kindly requested to stand by their posters during their session.

Poster size must not exceed 150 cm width and 200 cm height. The poster board will be identified by the corresponding number shown at the top of the board. Adhesive plasticine for attaching posters will be provided by poster assistants, no pins or tapes are allowed.

Prepare a short presentation of about 5 or 10 minutes that you can periodically give to those assembled around your poster throughout the 2 hour poster session. If possible, more than one author should attend the session to aid in presentations and discussions, and to provide the presenters with the chance to rest or briefly view other posters. On the day of your presentation, please go to the allocated board in the poster area 15 to 30 minutes before the session starts to set up your poster and notify the Session Chair of your presence.