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LINGUIST List 21.1830

Thu Apr 15 2010

Calls: Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics, Semantics/Japan

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        1.    Teruhisa Misu, Young Researchers' Roundtable on Spoken Dialogue System

Message 1: Young Researchers' Roundtable on Spoken Dialogue System
Date: 14-Apr-2010
From: Teruhisa Misu <teruhisa.misunict.go.jp>
Subject: Young Researchers' Roundtable on Spoken Dialogue System
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Full Title: Young Researchers' Roundtable on Spoken Dialogue System

Date: 22-Sep-2010 - 23-Sep-2010
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Contact Person: Teruhisa Misu
Meeting Email: yrr10-organizersgooglegroups.com
Web Site: http://www.yrrsds.org/

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Semantics

Call Deadline: 15-Jul-2010

Meeting Description:

Young Researchers' Roundtable on Spoken Dialogue Systems 2010
22nd-23rd September, at Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan

The Young Researchers' Roundtable on Spoken Dialogue Systems (YRRSDS) is an
annual workshop designed for post-graduate students, post-docs and junior
researchers working in research related to spoken dialogue systems in both
academia and industry. The roundtable provides an open forum where participants
can discuss their research interests, current work and future plans.

The workshop has three main goals:
- to offer an interdisciplinary forum for creative thinking about current
issues in spoken dialogue systems research
- to provide young researchers with career advice from senior researchers and
professionals from both academic and industrial backgrounds
- to develop a stronger international network of young researchers working in
the field.

(Important note: There is no age restriction for participating in the workshop;
the word 'young' is meant to indicate that it is targeted towards researchers
who are at a relatively early stage in their career.)

First Call for Papers

Topics and Sessions

Potential Roundtable discussion topics could include:
- Links between dialog and cognition
- Role of affect in dialog
- Face-to-face dialog involves the embodiment of messages
- Dialog systems as a testbed for theories of dialog
- Turn-taking versus continuous interaction
- Context and spoken dialog systems
- Models of dialog: Statistical dialog modeling vs. symbolic dialog modeling
(rule-based, plan-based, agent-based)
- Dialog management: Domain/task/strategy switching in multi-purpose
- Combination of chatting/information seeking/task-oriented dialog management,
Self-evolutionary dialog management, Multiparty dialog
- Building truly incremental SDS
- Models for learning and reasoning beyond the confines of a single interaction
- Objectivity and SDS evaluation, Shared evaluation and data collection
- Dialog data collection, Sharing data sets and formats for statistical models

Previous workshops were held in London (INTERSPEECH 2009), Columbus (ACL 2008),
Antwerp (INTERSPEECH 2007), Pittsburgh (INTERSPEECH 2006) and Lisbon

YRRSDS'10 will feature:
- a senior researcher panel (both academia and industry)
- a demo and poster session
- a special session on robots and spoken dialog systems

Workshop Date
YRRSDS'10 will take place on September 22nd and 23rd, 2010
(before SIGDial 2010, Interspeech and IWSDS 2010).

Workshop Location
The 2010 YRRSDS will be held at Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan,
one of the Japan's leading research-focused higher education institutions.
Waseda University is founded in 1882, and since then it has been one of Japan's
top private, co-educational institutions of higher learning.

Microsoft Research, AT&T, Honda Research Institute,
Aldebaran Robotics and Orange Labs

Submission Process
Participants will be asked to submit a 2-page position paper based on a template
provided by the organising committee. In their papers, authors will include a
short biographical sketch, a brief statement of research interests, a
description of their research work, and a short discussion of what they believe
to be the most significant and interesting issues in spoken dialogue systems
today and in the near future. Participants will also provide three suggestions
for discussion topics.

Workshop attendance will be limited to 50 participants. Submissions will be
accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. Submissions will be collated and
made available to participants. We also plan to publish the position papers and
presentations from the workshop on the web, subject to any sponsor or publisher

Important Dates
(subject to change)
- Submissions open: Mid May, 2010
- Submissions deadline: Mid July, 2010
- Final notification: End July, 2010

- Registration begins: TBD
- Registration deadline: TBD

- YRR: 22-23 September, 2010
- SIGDial: 24-25 September, 2010
- Interspeech: 26-31 September 2010
- IWSDS: 1-2 October, 2010

More information on related websites
- Young Researchers' Roundtable website: http://www.yrrsds.org/
- SIGDIAL 2010 conference website: http://www.sigdial.org/workshops/workshop11/
- Interspeech 2010 website: http://www.interspeech2010.org/
- IWSDS 2010 website: http://www.iwsds.org/

Organising Committee
- Luciana Benotti, Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Argentina
- Kotaro Funakoshi, Honda Research Institute Japan Co., Ltd., Japan
- Ryuichiro Higashinaka, NTT, Japan
- Catherine Lai, University of Pennsylvania, USA
- Marianne Laurent, Orange Labs, France
- Teruhisa Misu, National Institute of Information and Communications
Technology, Japan
- Sylvie Saget, University of Rennes 1, France

Local Organisers
- Shinya Fujie, Waseda University, Japan
- Takehiro Teraoka, Keio University, Japan
- Nao Tatsumi, Keio University, Japan

Advisory Committee (as of April 14, 2010)
- Alan Black, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
- Patrick Blackburn, INRIA, France
- Dan Bohus, Microsoft Research, USA
- Philippe Bretier, Orange labs, France
- David Diaz Pardo de Vera, Politechnic University of Madrid, Spain
- Raquel Fernandez, ILLC, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- Sadaoki Furui, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
- Milica Gasic, University of Cambridge, UK
- Gary Geunbae Lee, InSlligent Software Lab., POSTECH, Korea, Korea
- Marc Guyomard, IRISA-ENSSAT, University of Rennes 1, France
- Kristiina Jokinen, University of Helsinki, Finland
- Yasuhiro Katagiri, Future University-Hakodate, Japan
- Lin-shan Lee, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
- Oliver Lemon, Interaction Lab., Heriott Watt University, Edinburgh, UK
- Michael McTear, University of Ulster, UK
- Francois Mairesse, University of Cambridge, UK
- Matthew Marge, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
- Roger Moore, Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield, UK
- Mikio Nakano, Honda Research Institute, Japan
- Tim Paek, Microsoft Research, USA
- Joana Paulo Pardal, L2F iNESC-ID and IST, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
- Ricardo Ribeiro, L2F iNESC-ID and ISCTE-IUL, Lisbon, Portugal
- Alexander Rudnicky, Language Technologies Institute, Carnegie Mellon
University, USA
- David Schlangen, Institute for Linguistics, University of Potsdam, Germany
- Frank Soong, Microsoft Research, China
- Amanda Stent, AT&T Labs, USA
- Isabel Trancoso, L2F, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
- David Traum, USC Institute for Creative Technologies, USA
- Jason Williams, AT&T Labs, USA
- Steve Young, University of Cambridge, UK
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