August 24th - 27th, 2022, Groningen, the Netherlands
We look forward to welcoming you to SMC2022, and we want you to feel comfortable during the live conference. At the registration desk you have the choice between a red, yellow or green sticker to place on your name badge, so you can indicate your contact distance to fellow participants.
Feel free to use other measures that make you feel safe at SMC2022, such as wearing a face mask. Masks and self-tests will also be available at the registration desk.
You may resubmit your abstract with minor revision(s) – possibly based on the reviewer’s comments — as long as the abstract format follows the guidelines. When ready, please submit your camera-ready version before July 25 at https://cmt3.research.microsoft.com/SMC2022/.
Registration is now open! Register here.
Hotels with special rates and conditions can be reserved here.
A poster printing service is available up until Wednesday August 17th. Poster printing information.
The deadline for submitting abstracts was closed at March 25, 2022
The conference dates are set: SMC2022 will take place Wednesday evening August 24th 2022 until Saturday afternoon August 27th 2022!
[By having postponed the conference from 2021 to 2022, we hope and expect to be able to have an in-person conference].
Following a well-established Nijmegen (5 editions) - Groningen (6th & 7th edition) tradition, the eighth edition of the International Conference on Speech Motor Control will be held in 2022 in Groningen, the Netherlands. This conference, like the ones before, will highlight new trends and state-of-the-art approaches in theoretical and applied research in the area of normal and disordered speech motor control. The five years since the previous conference in 2017 have yielded not only further insights in genetic, neural, physiological and developmental aspects of speech production, stuttering and other speech motor conditions, but have also advanced theoretical modelling. Combined with ongoing studies of genetically and neurobiologically increasingly better characterized populations, this quantitative boost of interdisciplinary results is now leading to a qualitative turning point in which large data sets are analyzed with powerful artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms. The implementation of theories into computational models allows for the explicit testing of multifactorial interactions, thereby going beyond the more traditional single-factor experiments. Machine learning and the data sharing required to make this feasible are a special topic of the 2022 conference.
Speech motor control is a dynamic research field. The tremendous, multidisciplinary development made during the past decades is reflected in the Nijmegen - Groningen series of conferences. In the first edition in 1985 focus was on motor control issues in stuttering. The second conference (1990) highlighted the development of more general motor control models and the inclusion of higher order psychomotor and psycholinguistic functions, broadening the scope to other motor speech conditions than stuttering. At the third conference (1996), more emphasis was put on the emerging field of brain imaging. In addition, development of speech motor control became a prominent topic. Since the fourth edition in 2001, we witnessed the introduction of important theoretical neurophysiological and neurobehavioral concepts, and a growing interest in the ‘interface’ between higher order cognitive/psycholinguistic processes and speech production. Thus, the conferences of 2006, 2011, and 2017 have witnessed tremendous progress in integrating genetic, neurobiological, including neuro-motor, biomechanical, cognitive and behavioral levels of research in interdisciplinary collaborations. A special topic of the 2017 conference was the evolution of speech: phylogenetic evolution in homo sapiens; ontogenetic evolution in infants; and evolution of speech conditions and disorders in diverse contexts.
The conference program will be organized around five topics; the invitation of speakers and the review process of submitted papers will be coordinated by the chair and co-chair assigned to the specific topic. The topics are:
In recognition of the importance of including a wide diversity of perspectives and experiences, and following recommendations during and after the previous conference, we have made considerable effort in forming a program committee and invited speaker line-up that is balanced with respect to gender, geographic location, and career stage, as well as theoretical orientation. We hope and trust that this effort will enhance both the scientific and social experience of the conference.
There is close collaboration with the Conference on Motor Speech, Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital (Lincoln, NE, USA), and we thank the organizers of the Conference on Motor Speech for their support.
The conference will be held in the
Academy Building, in the heart of the city-centre of Groningen.
Visiting address: Broerstraat 5, Groningen.
English is used as working language throughout the conference.
November 20, 2021 December 1, 2021: Opening online abstract submission
February 27, 2022 March 25, 2022 (11:59pm Pacific Time): Deadline abstract submission
May 30, 2022: Notification of acceptance
June 1, 2022: Registration opens
August 24-27, 2022: Conference on Speech Motor Control
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24
17:30 - 18.15 Registration & Conference opening
18:15 - 20:00 Plenary presentations; open for broader audience
20:00 - 21:00 Welcome reception
THURSDAY, AUGUST 25
09:00 - 12:00 Plenary presentations
12:00 - 15:00 Poster presentations, incl. lunch
15:00 - 18:00 Plenary presentations
FRIDAY, AUGUST 26
09:00 - 12:00 Plenary presentations
12:00 - 15:00 Poster presentations, incl. lunch
15:00 - 18:30 Plenary presentations
19:30 Conference dinner
SATURDAY, AUGUST 27
09:00 - 10:30 Plenary presentations
10:30 - 13:30 Poster presentations, incl. lunch
13:30 - 14:30 Plenary presentations
14:30 -15:00 Poster Awards & Closing
The conference program will be organized around five major themes, that can be considered basic domains in speech motor control research and the clinical approach in disorders. Listed are the five major themes, the members of the organization committee who will be the chair(s) for this theme, and the list of confirmed invited speakers per theme. Submissions of free plenary and poster presentations will be programmed within these five themes.
Marina Laganaro: Université de Genève; Psycholinguistique
Temporal dynamics of motor speech planning and programming
Helene Loevenbruck: CNRS, Université Grenoble Alpes; Laboratoire de Psychologie et NeuroCognition
Hierarchical predictive control of inner speech: articulating condensation, dialogality and intentionality
Edward Chang: University of California, San Francisco; Weill Institute for Neurosciences
The cortical encoding of vocal tract movements in speech
Susanne Fuchs: Berlin; Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS)
How breathing adapts to speech and how speech adapts to breathing
Phil Hoole: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Institut für Phonetik und Sprachverarbeitung (IPS)
Speech motor control and fast dynamic MRI
Tiphaine Caudrelier: GIPSA-lab; CNRS & l’Université de Grenoble
State-of-the-art review on altered auditory feedback experiments
Yana Yunusova: University of Toronto; Speech-Language Pathology
Ingrid Aichert: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München; Institut für Phonetik und Sprachverarbeitung (IPS)
Apraxia of speech
Ludo Max: University of Washington; Speech and Hearing Sciences
Aude Noiray: CNRS, Laboratoire Dynamique du Langage, Univ. Lyon 2
Spoken language acquisition: the dynamic interplay between motor and cognitive domains
Aravind Namasivayam: University of Toronto; Oral Dynamics Laboratory
Developmental speech sound disorders, stuttering, sensory-motor integration, and motor skill learning
Katherine Hustad: University of Wisconsin-Madison; Waisman Center
Communication development in children with cerebral palsy (CP)
Adam Vogel: University of Melbourne; Centre for Neuroscience
A multi-national, multi-lingual consortia for speech in neurodegenerative disease
Björn Schuller: Imperial College London & Embedded Intelligence for Health Care and Wellbeing, University of Augsburg
Speech for Health Analysis: On AI and Challenges
Thanasis Tsanas: The University of Edinburgh; Usher Institute, Edinburgh Medical School & School of Mathematics
Developing new speech signal processing algorithms for biomedical and life sciences applications: principles, findings, challenges, and a view to the future
Online registration is now open!
Registration fees include coffee & tea breaks, lunches, and the conference dinner
Regular: € 470
Student / PhD student: € 240
Regular: € 520
Student / PhD student: € 270
To register, please complete the on-line registration form. The registration website can be accessed here: https://cbd.eventsair.com/smc2022/smc
The most common way to flying to The Netherlands is through Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS). From Schiphol Airport, the easiest way to travel Groningen is by train. The train station is located directly beneath the airport, within easy walking distance of luggage claim areas. Main rail lines in The Netherlands are operated by Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS).
Groningen has a small airport: Groningen Airport Eelde (GRQ), which currently has flights to some popular holiday destinations. Further information and a list of all destinations can be found here. Qbuzz 9 runs a 30-minute trip between Groningen Airport Eelde and Groningen Railway Station. Consult the 9292 website to plan your bus journey. The railway station is a 10-minute walk to the city centre.
Groningen can easily be reached by train from Germany, France, Belgium, and the UK.
You will have to purchase a single-use chip card (this is your train ticket) to Groningen at the ticket counter or at the yellow-blue ticket-vending machines that you will find in the Schiphol Airport luggage claim hall and near every entrance to the train terminal. You can purchase tickets from the machines only by using your Credit Card or a Debit Card with the Maestro logo. The vending machines do not take other Credit Cards or American Debit Cards.
If you use a single-use chip card or OV-chipkaart please make sure you check in and check out; hold your OV-chipkaart up against the NS card reader at/near the gates/entrances to the platforms.
You can also buy your ticket online and print it yourself (see NS website). Complete the journey details, pay for the order, download and print your e-ticket. Regular domestic Dutch trains do not use seat-reservations. A ticket is valid on the date printed on the ticket on any train on the route.
Information on traveling by train is available on NS domestic or NS International. The journey from Schiphol Airport takes just over two hours and Groningen is the last stop. Direct or connecting trains offer a service to Groningen every 30 minutes. The trains are quite comfortable and (most trains) feature free wireless internet in all classes and 220V AC outlets in first class. Food and drinks are not sold on the trains – though occasionally a rail catering service may be present in one of the carriages for part of a journey. Please note that trains do not operate at night, consult the travel planner for early or late flight connections. The travel planner also gives updates on railroad maintenance works or other disruptions and gives alternative routes. For scheduled work this is available 10 days before the travel date
Car traffic in the city center is restricted and street parking is very limited. There is major construction work going on as well. Be aware of the numerous cyclists that may not exactly follow traffic regulations. There are multiple parking garages located near the city center. More information on car parking in Groningen, including the street parking regulations, can be found here. Read here about construction work in progress and key traffic projects.
Taxi Groningen: +31 (0)50 – 549 7676, https://www.taxicentralegroningen.nl/
Taxi Noord: +31 (0)50 – 549 4940, https://www.taxinoord.nl/
Schiphol Taxi Groningen: +31 (0)50 – 850 7519, https://www.schipholtaxigroningen.nl/en/
The 9292 journey planner combines all available public transport – trains, buses, trams, metro, and boats – to provide an optimal route. It also informs you real-time about the current delays and disruptions in public transport.
Preferred Hotel Reservations is the official housing agent for this event. They negotiated special rates and conditions at the selected hotels for SMC2022 participants. After making a reservation, you will receive login details that you might need to change or cancel your booking. Make sure to reserve your hotel in time (by mid-June is advisable), even if your travel is not yet confirmed. Reservations up until 9 rooms may be cancelled free of charge until 48 hours prior to arrival at most hotels. Consult https://www.preferredreservations.nl/smc-2022 for hotel reservations.
To make your visit to the conference easier and more comfortable, we have a poster printing service. We offer to have your poster printed in Groningen, so you do not have to take it along with you when traveling here.
The poster size should be A0 landscape format (height 841mm and width 1189mm). The poster boards cannot accommodate larger posters, or posters in portrait format. We kindly ask you not to laminate your poster with plastic. Laminated posters tend to curl and are difficult to affix to the boards.
Abstracts are invited for a poster (A0 landscape) or a plenary presentation (20 min; grouped in themes). Abstracts can be submitted in the five subject areas as detailed above; selection of a secondary subject area is allowed.
Abstract format: Title, authors, affiliations and body of abstract complete on 1 page, maximum of 500 words. An optional second page may be used for references and one figure.
All abstracts should be written in English.
Additional abstract guidelines:
Abstract submission has closed. Submitted abstracts may be accessed at: https://cmt3.research.microsoft.com/SMC2022/
On June 24 2020, after a brief but devastating illness, Herman Peters passed away. Herman started his career as a clinical psychologist, and he specialized in the diagnosis of speech and language disorders. Specifically, he had a passion for understanding the underlying causes of stuttering and providing the most effective treatment for people suffering from this speech disorder. In the early 1980s, he introduced the Precision Fluency Shaping Program (the “Webster therapy”) in the Netherlands. In addition, he invited many renowned therapists and researchers from all over the world in order to implement new developments on speech and language disorders in the Netherlands.
He was one of the early advocates and implementers of scientific research in the realm of speech motor control processes in people who stutter. In 1985 he was the main founder of the series of International Conferences on Speech Motor Control. His dissertation (1987) also dealt with this topic. In 1989 he was one of the founding members of the International Fluency Association (IFA) and served this organization in various roles, including treasurer. His inspiration and organizational talents have also served the Dutch language community: Herman not only started the Dutch Society (Nederlandse Vereniging voor Stem- Spraak- Taalpathologie), but in 1992 he also started a journal (Tijdschrift Stem-, Spraak-, en Taalpathologie) and from 1997 – 2007 he edited a handbook (Handboek Stem-, Spraak-, en Taalpathologie) in the field of voice, speech and language disorders. A generation of research colleagues and clinical professionals will miss Herman’s inspiring enthusiasm, expertise, organizational talents, and always cheerful spirit.
In his career as a clinician Herman was head of the department Voice and Speech disorders, belonging to the ENT of the Universal Medical Center St. Radboud in Nijmegen. With power and charm he managed this multidisciplinary team, resulting in a kind of “working family”, with specializations on voice, cleft palate and stuttering.
Apart from his research and clinical work in the area of stuttering, Herman had a broad range of interests, in particular modern art and architecture. He truly was a man who had a zest for life and enjoyed travelling, meeting with people and enjoying all the wonderful things live had to offer. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him and our thoughts are with his wife Hanneke, his children and grand-children.
Pascal van Lieshout