It is a continuation of the Johns Hopkins University CLSP summer workshop series from 1995-2016. It consists of a two-week summer school, followed by a six-week workshop. Notable researchers and students come together to collaborate on selected research topics. The Workshop is named after the late Fred Jelinek, its former director and head of the Center for Speech and Language Processing.
The summer school is meant to be an introduction to the state-of-the-art research in the speech and language technology area for graduate and undergraduate students. It also contains an introduction to this year's workshop research topics.