8th International Conference on Speech Motor Control

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.

Brief history of previous conferences

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:

  1. Neural Anatomy & Physiology of Speech Production (Chair: Marina Laganaro)
  2. Speech Production Modeling & Action-Perception (Chairs: Susanne Fuchs & Phil Hoole)
  3. Conditions Affecting Speech Motor Control (Chair: Anja Lowit)
  4. (A)typical Speech Motor & Speech Sound Development in Children (Chairs: Aude Noiray & Aravind Namasivayam)
  5. Machine Learning (Chair: Angela Morgan) & Data Sharing (Chair: Adam Vogel)


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.

The Program Committee consists of the topic chairs

  • Marina Laganaro (Psychologie et Sciences de l’Education, University of Geneva, Switzerland)
  • Susanne Fuchs (Laboratory Phonology, Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS), Berlin, Germany)
  • Phil Hoole (Institut für Phonetik und Sprachverarbeitung, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, München, Germany)
  • Anja Lowit (Division of Speech and Language Therapy, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK)
  • Aude Noiray (CNRS, Laboratoire Dynamique du Langage, Univ. Lyon 2)
  • Angela Morgan (Murdoch Children’s Research Institute & University of Melbourne, Australia)
  • Adam Vogel (Division of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne, Australia)
  • Aravind Namasivayam (Department of Speech-Language Pathology, University of Toronto, Canada)

The program committee is supported by the local (Dutch-speaking) organizing committee:

  • Ben Maassen, chair (Center for Language and Cognition Groningen & BCN, University of Groningen)
  • Maria Valbuena, chair organization (Groningen Congres Bureau)
  • Hayo Terband, co-chair (Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA)
  • Pascal van Lieshout (Oral Dynamics Lab, Department of Speech-Language Pathology, University of Toronto, Canada)
  • Edwin Maas (Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Temple University, Philadelphia, USA)
  • Teja Rebernik (Faculty of Arts, University of Groningen, the Netherlands)
  • Frits van Brenk (Department of Languages, Literature and Communication, Utrecht University, the Netherlands)

The conference is hosted by:

  • Center for Language and Cognition Groningen (CLCG), Faculty of Arts, University of Groningen
  • School of Behavioral and Cognitive Neurosciences (BCN), University Medical Centre Groningen

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.

Secretariat of the Conference

Groningen Congres Bureau
Att. Ms. Maria Valbuena
Griffeweg 5
9724 GE Groningen
+31 (0)50 316 88 77
E-mail: info@gcb.nl
Conference website: www.slp-nijmegen.nl/smc2022/

Key Dates

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

Preliminary Program

Preliminary program


17:30 - 18.15 Registration & Conference opening

18:15 - 20:00 Plenary presentations; open for broader audience

20:00 - 21:00 Welcome reception


09:00 - 12:00 Plenary presentations

12:00 - 15:00 Poster presentations, incl. lunch

15:00 - 18:00 Plenary presentations


09:00 - 12:00 Plenary presentations

12:00 - 15:00 Poster presentations, incl. lunch

15:00 - 18:30 Plenary presentations

19:30 Conference dinner


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

List of confirmed invited speakers

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.

1. Neural Anatomy & Physiology of Speech Production (Chair: Marina Laganaro)

Invited speakers

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

2. Speech Production Modeling & Action-Perception (Chairs: Susanne Fuchs, Phil Hoole)

Invited speakers

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

3. Conditions Affecting Speech Motor Control (Chair: Anja Lowit)

Invited speakers

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

4. (A)typical Speech Motor and Speech Sound Development in Children (Chairs: Aude Noiray; Aravind Namasivayam)

Invited speakers

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)

5. Machine Learning (Chair: Angela Morgan) & Data Sharing (Chair: Adam Vogel)

Invited speakers

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

Early fees: 3 June - 24 July

Regular: € 470

Student / PhD student: € 240

Late fees: 25 July onwards

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

Travel and Accommodation


Travel by air

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.

Travel by train

Groningen can easily be reached by train from Germany, France, Belgium, and the UK.

Domestic train tickets

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.

Train schedules

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

Travel by car

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.

Taxis in Groningen

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/

Planning your journey in the Netherlands

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.

Hotel reservations

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.

Poster Printing

Poster Printing Service

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.

  • If you want to make use of this service, make sure to email your poster as a PDF file to info@gcb.nl by Wednesday 17 August 2022.
  • Please mention your full name and SMC2022 in the email.
  • Price/Poster without tube: € 35,00.
  • Please send an email to info@gcb.nl so we can provide an invoice.
  • The poster will be available during the conference at the registration desk.

Poster format

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.

Abstract Guidelines

Abstract submission

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:

  • Format abstract in Times 12 and margins 2 cm.
  • As supplementary material one file containing references and one figure or table may be added.
  • Include 2 or more references as a source of more background information for the interested reader.
  • The first author should be the presenting author.
  • There is a maximum of two first-author submissions per person.
  • March 25, 2022 (11:59pm Pacific Time): Deadline abstract submission

Abstract submission

Abstract submission has closed. Submitted abstracts may be accessed at: https://cmt3.research.microsoft.com/SMC2022/

In Memoriam

In Memoriam Herman F.M. Peters, Ph.D.

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.

Ben Maassen
Mariëtte Embrechts
Marie-Christine Franken
Pascal van Lieshout