Prestigious International Conference Comes to USF

For the first time since 1995 and for just the second time in its history, the International Association for Forensic Phonetics and Acoustics (IAFPA) will be hosting its annual conference in the USA. The University of South Florida will have the distinct honor of hosting the 22nd annual conference from Sunday July 21st until Wednesday July 24, 2013. Previous sites hosting this conference have included Vienna, Helsinki, Moscow, Paris & Rome.

The IAFPA fosters research and provides a forum for the interchange of ideas and information regarding practice, development and research in forensic phonetics and acoustics. The group also sets and enforces standards of professional conduct and procedures for those involved in forensic phonetic and acoustic casework.

IAFPA members participate in a wide array of cases including speaker identification/elimination, speaker profiling, voice line-ups, transcription, authentication, signal enhancement, and sound propagation at crime scenes. In 2007, the IAFPA established standards and procedures applied to cases involving the analysis of language and speech in the determination of national identity. As a result, members are routinely called upon by local, federal and international policing agencies to analyze evidence and testify in trials.

The conference will be held at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay and will include a pre-conference session for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists available for Continuing Education credits from ASHA (American Speech Language Hearing Association). Call for Papers and early registration is currently underway and can be accessed from the conference website.