ADAPT – Host Research Centre

ADAPT is the world-leading SFI Research Centre for Digital Media Technology hosted by Trinity College Dublin. ADAPT’s partner institutions include Dublin City University, University College Dublin, Technological University Dublin, Maynooth University, Athlone Institute of Technology and Cork Institute of Technology.

ADAPT focuses on how to get the most from digital content through extracting meaning from global content streams, personalising content delivery and improving user interaction with the data. ADAPT’s research encompasses text, speech and video processing. It is empowering collaborators in academia and industry to lead on ground-breaking innovations and access vital tools, standards, and expertise across the whole life cycle of digital content

Prof Naomi Harte, Prof Julie Carson-Berndsen and Prof Gareth Jones are key principal investigators in ADAPT, driving the research agenda around speech and language. Inclusion is a core underpinning theme in the Centre’s research focus, working towards a Balanced Digital Society. We are interested as a Centre in research that is sustainable, that builds user trust and is accountable and acceptable to society. Speech and language technology must be designed to increase rather than constrain individual autonomy, and strengthen rather than diminish social cohesion.

ADAPT is funded by Science Foundation Ireland and co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).


ISCA is a non-profit organization. Its original statutes (statutes in French or their translation in English) were deposited on February 23rd at the Prefecture of Grenoble in France by René CARRÉ and registered on March 27th, 1988.

The association started as ESCA (European Speech Communication Association) and, since its foundation, has been steadily expanding and consolidating its activities. It has offered an increasing range of services and benefits to its members and also it has put its financial and administrative functions on a firm professional footing. Indeed, over the ten years of its existence, ESCA has evolved from a small EEC-supported European organization to a fully-independent and self-supporting international association.

At the General Assembly that took place during the Eurospeech conference in Budapest (September 1999), ESCA became a truly international association in the global field of speech science and technology, changing its name to ISCA (International Speech Communication Association) and modifying its statutes accordingly.

The purpose of the association is to promote, in an international world-wide context, activities and exchanges in all fields related to speech communication science and technology. The association is aimed at all persons and institutions interested in fundamental research and technological development that aims at describing, explaining and reproducing the various aspects of human communication by speech, that is, without assuming this enumeration to be exhaustive, phonetics, linguistics, computer speech recognition and synthesis, speech compression, speaker recognition, aids to medical diagnosis of voice pathologies.

For more information about ISCA, click here to visit their website.