These events are all within easy walking distance of the conference
hotel, but transport will be provided for those with mobility issues.
Researchers in academia and industry in the Pittsburgh area will
demonstrate their latest speech and language technology in the
Westmoreland Room on Sunday evening, September 17 from 17:30 to 19:30.
Refreshments will be provided under the sponsorship of Carnegie Mellon's
Language Technologies Institute.
The welcome reception will be held in the Pittsburgh Symphony's
Hall on Monday evening, September 18, starting at 19:00 pm. Heinz
Hall is a short walk from the Westin Hotel, on the corner of Penn Avenue
and Sixth Street. Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts, dedicated in
1971, and renovated in 1995, is the cornerstone of the Cultural District
of Pittsburgh (see the "About Pittsburgh" page).
Its 2,661-seat hall is home to the
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. We are grateful to Google, Inc. for
sponsoring this event.
Be prepared for a night of jazz. The Interspeech 2006 student reception
will be held at Dowe's on 9th, an
eclectic, international Jazz bar in
downtown Pittsburgh. This year the student reception will provide a full
banquet meal, and the evening will include music by local jazz trumpeter
extraordinaire Sean Jones and his
band Mission Statement. If you enjoy
jazz, this is an event not to be missed. The reception will begin at
20:00 on Tuesday, September 19, after the ISCA General Assembly. Dowe's
on 9th is a short walk from the Westin Hotel, on the corner of Ninth and
French Streets. We are grateful to IBM and Microsoft for sponsoring this
The Interspeech 2006 banquet will be held in the Senator John
Pittsburgh Regional History Center, starting at 19:00 on
Wednesday, September 20. The Regional History Center is also a short
walk from the Westin Hotel, on Smallman Street between Twelfth Street
and Thirteenth Streets. The Heinz History Center is a museum that
relates and interprets 250 years of history in the Western Pennsylvania
area. See the exhibits depicting the early struggles between the French
and English, Pittsburgh's role as the Steel Center of the World, and of
course those ubiquitous 57 Varieties for which Heinz is so well known.