The Christian Benoit Association was founded on 26 April 1999, in memory of Christian Benoît, a researcher in the field of speech communication. Before his death in April 1998, Christian Benoît had carried out most of his research on speech synthesis and audiovisual speech processing at the ICP in Grenoble. The purpose of the Association is to support projects that help to promote and develop research in the field of speech communication, essentially through the Christian Benoît Prize.