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LINGUIST List 22.1554

Tue Apr 05 2011

Calls: Computational Linguistics/USA

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        1.     Lina Rojas , Young Researchers Roundtable on Spoken Dialogue Systems

Message 1: Young Researchers Roundtable on Spoken Dialogue Systems
Date: 05-Apr-2011
From: Lina Rojas <yrrsds2011gmail.com>
Subject: Young Researchers Roundtable on Spoken Dialogue Systems
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Full Title: Young Researchers Roundtable on Spoken Dialogue Systems
Short Title: YRRSDS

Date: 15-Jun-2011 - 16-Jun-2011
Location: Portland, Oregon, USA
Contact Person: Lina Rojas
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.yrrsds.org/

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 22-Apr-2011

Meeting Description:

7th Young Researchers' Roundtable on Spoken Dialogue Systems (YRRSDS 2011)

The Young Researchers' Roundtable on Spoken Dialogue Systems (YRRSDS) is an
annual workshop designed for graduate students, post-docs and junior
researchers working in research related to spoken dialogue systems in both
academia and industry. The YRRSDS provides an open forum where participants
can discuss their research interests, current work and future plans.
Previous workshops have been co-located with SIGdial or InterSpeech, and
YRRSDS’10 was recently held in Japan. YRRSDS’11 will be hosted by the
Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR, USA, and will be
directly before SIGdial and ACL 2011.

The workshop has three main goals:

1) To offer an interdisciplinary forum for creative thinking about current
issues in spoken dialogue systems research
2) To provide young researchers with career advice from senior researchers
and professionals from both academic and industrial backgrounds
3) To develop a stronger international network of young researchers working
in the field

YRRSDS'11 will feature:

A senior researcher panel (both academia and industry)
A demo and poster session (Best Poster Award!)
A special session on Embodied Conversational Agents
Two Roundtable discussion and presentation sessions

Organizing Committee:

William Y. Wang, Columbia University, USA
Khan Md. Anwarus Salam, The University of Electro-Communications, Japan
Sungjin Lee, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Korea
Lina Maria Rojas Barahona, LORIA, France
Hamid R. Chinaei, Laval University, Canada
Ethan Selfridge, Oregon Health & Science University, USA

ISCA Travel Grants: More information provided at http://www.yrrsds.org

Call for Papers:

We invite any researcher who is at a relatively early stage of their career
(e.g. students, post-docs, or junior researchers in industry) to submit a
2-page position paper. This should include their past, present and future
work, a short bio and topic suggestions for the workshop. Acceptance is on
a first-come, first-served basis and the number of participants is
generally capped at 50. Poster presentation by all participants is
expected. However, posters need only present current work and are not
necessarily from a published paper. Further format and outline information
are provided at http://www.yrrsds.org under Submissions.

Please submit via the EasyChair system:
If you experience any problems with submission please contact the
organizers at: yrrsds2011gmail.com

Some Topics of Interest:

- Models of dialogue: Statistical, Symbolic and Hybrid dialogue modeling
- The Spoken Dialogue Challenge: SDS evaluation
- Psycholinguistic influences of dialogue system design
- Dialogue system development beyond 'toy' research domains
- The importance of establishing social relations with the user in
automated dialogues
- Interacting with virtual and robotic agents
- Semantics and Pragmatics of dialogue systems
- Context and spoken dialogue systems
- Building truly incremental spoken dialogue systems
- Dialogue data collection, sharing data sets and formats for statistical
- Understanding industry development cycles, requirements, and future
application domains for dialogue systems

Important Dates:

Submissions deadline: April 22, 2011
Author notification: May 9, 2011
Camera ready deadline: May 20, 2011

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