SLaTE 2015

Workshop on Speech and Language Technology in Education

Satellite Event of INTERSPEECH 2015, Leipzig, Germany, September 4–5, 2015



Leipzig is a city in the federal state Saxony with about 540,000 inhabitants. It is located about 190 kilometers (120 miles) south-west of Berlin and about 120 kilometers (75 miles) north-west of Dresden. Leipzig is a German city with a long history. It was first documented in 1015 and has been an important trade city since at least the time of the Holy Roman Empire. Leipzig is the city of many famous German musicians and composers – it is known as the city of Bach, Mendelssohn, and Wagner.

In October 1989, after prayers for peace at St. Nicholas Church, established in 1983 as part of the peace movement, the Monday demonstrations started as the most prominent mass protest against the East German regime. Since the reunification of Germany, Leipzig has undergone significant change with the restoration of some historical buildings, the demolition of others, and the development of a modern transport infrastructure. Nowadays, Leipzig is an economic center in eastern Germany.

In December 2013, according to a study by Marktforschungsinstitut GfK, Leipzig was ranked as the most livable city in Germany and is one of the three European cities with the highest quality of living (after Groningen and Kraków). In 2010, Leipzig was included in the top 10 cities to visit by the New York Times.


The workshop will take place at Hochschule für Telekommunikation Leipzig (HfTL), a private university of applied sciences funded by Deutsche Telekom. The university has a small and beautiful campus for about 1,000 students with nicely renovated buildings. It is located in the middle of the popular student district in the south of Leipzig, just 12 minutes away by tram from the old town of Leipzig.

Hochschule für Telekommunikation Leipzig (HfTL)
University of Applied Sciences

Gustav-Freytag-Str. 43-45
04277 Leipzig
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By airplane

Leipzig/Halle Airport (LEJ) is located between Halle and Leipzig. It is about 20 kilometers (12 miles) away from the town center of Leipzig. With respect to the number of passangers, the airport is on rank 14 in Germany. However, it is the second largest German airport for freight traffic.

There are direct flights from and to Frankfurt a.M. (FRA), Munich (MUC), Amsterdam (AMS), Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG), Zurich (ZRH), London-Stansted (STN), and many more.

The tram S5(X) takes you to the central train station of Leipzig in 13 minutes every half an hour.

By train

The central train station is located in the center of Leipzig and was nicely renovated and modernized after the German reunification. With respect to floor area, the central station is the world's largest railway station handling 120,000 passengers per day on average. It has 24 platforms housed in six iron train sheds, a multi-level concourse with towering stone arches, and a 293 meter-long facade. It is not just a railway station – it is also a huge shopping mall open even on Sundays.

There are fast inter-city express (ICE) connections to many German cities, e. g., Dresden and Berlin.

Public Transportation

The workshop can be reached easily by tram from the city center of Leipzig. If you are at the central train station in the city center, get on

In both cases, get off at station Connewitz, Kreuz. It is just 8 stations away from the central train station and takes only about 15 minutes. For more information, please visit the website of the Leipzig Public Transportation Services (LVB). Ticket machines are available at the platform and accept money in cash (EUR 2,40 for a single ticket).

You can download a network map here.

The venue, Hochschule für Telekommunikation Leipzig (HfTL), is just a few blocks (5 minutes to walk, 500m) away from Connewitz, Kreuz. Walk back along Karl-Liebknecht-Straße, at the third intersection, turn right into Gustav-Freytag-Straße. After a short distance, the venue is on the left. The flags of Deutsche Telekom show the main entrance.

Attending INTERSPEECH 2015

If you want to attend INTERSPEECH 2015, take the train to Dresden on Saturday night or on Sunday: there is a fast and convenient direct inter-city express (ICE) connection, which takes you to Dresden in about 70 minutes.

For booking train tickets, go to Deutsche Bahn and look for connections from Leipzig Hbf to Dresden Hbf.

Station/Stop Date Time Duration Chg. Products
Leipzig Hbf Sa, 05.09.15 dep 17:26 1:11 0 IC
Dresden Hbf Sa, 05.09.15 arr 18:37
Leipzig Hbf Sa, 05.09.15 dep 18:03 1:31 0 RE
Dresden Hbf Sa, 05.09.15 arr 19:34
Leipzig Hbf Sa, 05.09.15 dep 18:42 1:04 0 IC
Dresden Hbf Sa, 05.09.15 arr 19:46
Leipzig Hbf Sa, 05.09.15 dep 19:03 1:35 0 RE
Dresden Hbf Sa, 05.09.15 arr 20:38
Leipzig Hbf Sa, 05.09.15 dep 20:03 1:31 0 RE
Dresden Hbf Sa, 05.09.15 arr 21:34
Leipzig Hbf Sa, 05.09.15 dep 20:26 1:12 0 ICE
Dresden Hbf Sa, 05.09.15 arr 21:38

You could also take an intercity bus to Dresden. There are only a few connections each day and it takes a little bit longer (about 90 minutes), but it is cheaper than the train. Fore more details, please see

Travel documents for non-EU nationals

If you are a non-EU national wishing to visit or travel within the EU, you will need a passport:

and possibly a visa.

Please see:

No responsibility is taken for the correctness of this information.

If you need a letter of invitation for your visa application, please contact the workshop chair.

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