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  1. Wolfgang Minker, Workshop on Affective Dialogue Systems
  2. Gertrud Faasz, Workshop on XML-based Richly Annotated Corpora

Message 1: Workshop on Affective Dialogue Systems

Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2004 18:43:53 +0100
From: Wolfgang Minker <>
Subject: Workshop on Affective Dialogue Systems

Tutorial and Research Workshop on AFFECTIVE DIALOGUE SYSTEMS (ADS'04)

June 14 through June 16, 2004

Deadline for paper proposal submission: now January 31, 2004


Dear Colleagues,

It is our pleasure to invite you to participate in this Tutorial and
Research Workshop on AFFECTIVE DIALOGUE SYSTEMS (ADS04), which will be
held at the Kloster Irsee in southern Germany from June 14 to June 16,

After two successful ISCA Tutorial and Research Workshops on
Multimodal Dialogue Systems at Kloster Irsee, Germany in 1999 and
2002, a discussion of the latest developments in the area of affective
multimodal dialogue systems now seems timely.

The workshop will focus on the role of affect and emotion in dialogue
including e.g. design issues, applications, evaluation and tools. It
will provide a forum for the presentation of research and applications
and for lively discussions among researchers as well as
industrialists. Prototype and product demonstrations will be very

ADS04 is organised as a collaboration between the Universities of
Augsburg, Ulm and Southern Denmark and DaimlerChrysler Research and
Technology. We welcome you to the workshop.

Elisabeth Andre
Intelligent User Interfaces,
University of Augsburg, Germany

Laila Dybkjer
Natural Interactive Systems Laboratory,
University of Southern Denmark

Wolfgang Minker
Department of Information Technology
University of Ulm, Germany

Paul Heisterkamp
Dialogue Systems,
DaimlerChrysler AG, Germany


Papers may discuss theories, applications, evaluation, limitations,
general tools and techniques. Discussion papers that critically
evaluate approaches or processing strategies and prototype
demonstrations are especially welcome.

* Recognition of emotions from speech, gestures and facial expressions
* Expression of emotions via speech, gestures and facial expressions
* Emotional speech synthesis
* Frustration detection in multimodal dialogue systems
* Virtual agents exploiting affect for better interaction
* Animated agents provoking human empathy
* Modelling emotional agents
* Emotion and cognition
* Affective user modelling
* Emotion-based reasoning capabilities for coordination, conflict
description and problem solving
* Emotional databases and corpora
* Evaluation strategies and paradigms for affective interaction


The format of the workshop will be a non-overlapping mixture of oral
and poster sessions. A number of tutorial lectures will be given by
internationally recognised experts from the area of Affective Dialogue

All poster sessions will be opened by an oral summary by the session
chair. A number of poster sessions will be succeeded by a discussion
session focussing on the subject of the session. It is our belief that
this general format will ensure a lively and valuable workshop.

The organisers would like to encourage researchers and industrialists
to take the opportunity to bring their applications as well as their
demonstrator prototypes and design tools for demonstration to the
workshop. If sufficient interest is shown, a special
demonstrator/poster session will be organised and followed by a
discussion session.

The official language of the workshop is English. At the opening of
the workshop hardcopies of the proceedings, published in the LNCS/LNAI
Series by Springer Verlag, will be available.


We distinguish between the following categories of submissions:

* Long Research Papers are reserved for reports on mature research
results. The expected length of a long paper should be in the range of
6-8 pages.
* Short Research Papers should not exceed 4 pages in total. Authors
may choose this category if they wish to report on smaller case
studies or ongoing but interesting and original research efforts
* Demo Submissions - System Papers: Authors who wish to demonstrate
their system during ADS04 may choose this category and provide a
description of their system, installation, or demo. System papers
should not exceed 4 pages in total.

Final versions of papers will appear in the ADS04 conference


Submission of paper proposal: January 31, 2004
Notification of acceptance: March 15, 2004
Submission of final paper: April 15, 2004


The Scientific Committee consists of the following group of
internationally recognised researchers:

Jan Alexandersson
Niels Ole Bernsen
Cristina Conati
Janet Cahn
Piero Cosi
Ellen Douglas-Cowie
Silke Goronzy
Jim Glass
Bjorn Granstrom
Jon Gratch
Joakim Gustafson
Eli Hagen
Lisa Harper
Kia Hoeoek
David House
Ralf Kompe
Christine Lisetti
Jean-Claude Martin
Dominic Massaro
Giza Nemeth
Elmar Neth
Ana Paiva
Catherine Pelachaud
Helmut Prendinger
Fiorella de Rosis
Alex Rudnicky
Marc Schroeder
Oliviero Stock
David Traum
Wolfgang Wahlster
Wayne Ward


Comments on ADS'04 Workshop to:

Wolfgang Minker
University of Ulm
Department of Information Technology
Albert-Einstein-Allee 43
D-89081 Ulm
Phone: +49 731 502 6254/-6251
Fax: +49 731 502-6259

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Message 2: Workshop on XML-based Richly Annotated Corpora

Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2004 10:36:28 +0100 (MET)
From: Gertrud Faasz <faaszgdIMS.Uni-Stuttgart.DE>
Subject: Workshop on XML-based Richly Annotated Corpora

2nd Call for Papers: Workshop on XML-based Richly Annotated Corpora
29th May 2004, LISBON, PORTUGAL
(LREC 2004 post-conference workshop)

XML has become a de facto standard for the representation of corpus
resources. It is being used for representing speech and text corpora,
multimodal and multimedial corpora, as well as, in particular,
integrated corpora which combine different modalities. XML-based
representations make it easier to work with richly annotated corpora,
which include annotations from different levels of linguistic
description or from different modalities. A number of tools have also
become available, over the last few years, for creating, managing,
annotating, querying such corpora and for their statistical

Although XML is a useful representation language, its use alone does
not solve all the problems and choices with respect to the
representation style (e.g. stand-off annotations vs. embedded
annotations); these are in turn closely linked with questions of the
architecture of richly annotated corpora, such as the following:
should information from different levels of linguistic description be
represented in separate "layers" of the annotation? Should a given
information type serve as a grounding for all or some of the others?
How to account for interdependencies and interaction between phenomena
from different levels of description? How to account for concurrent
annotation (one phenomenon, different analyses or

Such questions and the pertaining corpus-architectural considerations
interact with at least two more problem areas: on the one hand with
the kinds of research questions and of phenomena to be analysed in
linguistic and natural interaction research (which may call for
certain architectural solutions), and on the other hand with tools for
the creation, annotation, manipulation and exploration of XML-based

The workshop will attempt to address the interplay between the
following research areas: 

1. XML techniques for corpus representation, i.e.: 
* Standoff annotation vs. embedded annotation; 
* Use of XML linking standards for language data (XLink, XPointer,
XPath); other ways of ensuring relationships between levels,
e.g. through naming conventions;
* Concepts of layering in corpora annotated at several levels of
linguistic description; types of information grouped together
vs. distributed over different "packages"
* Hierarchical vs. flat annotation; 
* the grounding of annotations (e.g. in XML elements vs. in
characters?) and its implications;
* techniques for the manipulation of XML-based representations for
massively annotated corpora; usefulness and relevance of XQuery.

2. Levels of linguistic description and their interaction, i.e.: 
* Examples of richly annotated corpora: reasons for the choice of the
annotated levels; linguistic and natural interactivity research
questions which can (only) be solved with richly annotated data;
* Interaction between levels: new research questions in linguistics
and natural interactivity research which can only be addressed because
of observation across levels, across modalities, etc. An example is
the use of clustering techniques across different levels:
e.g. relevant cooccurrences of phenomena from different levels
identified via clustering;
* Use and usefulness of concurrent annotations in XML-based corpora;
an example is concurrent flat and deep syntactic analysis.
3. Tools for handling richly annotated corpora: Software solutions
 for, e.g.,
* corpus creation, transformation, exchange, and validation 
* interactive annotation; 
* exploration: query and retrieval, statistical analysis; 
* corpus management (e.g. wrt. meta-data). 

Tools presented should be positioned with respect to the questions of
corpus architecture and with respect to the research directions
discussed above under (1) and (2).

The workshop aims at bringing together XML experts, both theorists and
practitioners, as well as linguists and natural interactivity
researchers working on the definition of corpus architectures,
annotation and resource exchange schemes and on tools for the use of
multilevel and/or multi-layer annotated corpora. It will provide a
forum for the definition of requirements for corpus representations
and pertaining tools, discussing at the same time case studies from
linguistics and natural interactivity research.


* Andreas Witt, Bielefeld University
* Ulrich Heid, University of Stuttgart
* Henry S. Thompson, University of Edinburgh 
* Jean Carletta, University of Edinburgh 
* Peter Wittenburg, MPI for Psycholinguistics Nijmegen 

Program committee
* Jean Carletta, University of Edinburgh, UK 
* Ulrich Heid, University of Stuttgart, Germany 
* Nancy Ide, Vassar College & Loria, USA & France 
* Henning Lobin, Justus-Liebig-Universitat Gieben, Germany 
* Dieter Metzing, Bielefeld University, Germany 
* Joakim Nivre, Sweden 
* Vito Pirrelli, Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale del CNR, Pisa,
* Laurent Romary, Loria, France 
* Gary Simons, SIL International, Taxas, USA 
* C. M. Sperberg-McQueen, W3C (MIT), USA 
* Henry S. Thompson, University of Edinburgh, UK 
* Jun'ichi Tsujii, University of Tokyo, Japan 
* Andreas Witt, Bielefeld University, Germany 
* Peter Wittenburg, MPI for Psycholinguistics Nijmegen, Netherlands 

Authors are invited to submit papers for oral presentation in any of
the areas listed above. Only full papers will be accepted, and the
length of the paper should not exceed 8 pages.

Guidelines (Requirements) for Paper Submission:
* Submissions must be full papers, not extended abstracts. 
* It is highly recommended that authors submit papers in the
LREC-conference proceedings format (maximum of 8 pages).
* Submission in other formats will be accepted (font sizes of 11 or 12
point), however they can be no longer than eight (8) pages including
figures, tables, and references, formatted for A4-paper with
reasonable margins .
* Electronic submission of manuscripts (details in the submission
site) is required unless impossible (PDF strongly preferred,
Postscript, and ASCII accepted).
* An additional title page should include the title, author(s),
affiliation(s), contact email address, postal address, telephone, fax
and URL as well as five keywords.

Important Dates
29th February 2004: Deadline for submission of full papers
29th March 2004: Notification of acceptance
29th May 2004: Workshop
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