[Elsnet-list] CFP Reminder: Robust2004: COST278 & ISCA ITRW Workshop

Borge Lindberg bli at kom.auc.dk
Thu Jul 1 15:12:36 CEST 2004

            Robust2004 - COST278 & ISCA ITRW Workshop on

           Robustness Issues in Conversational Interaction
                   30th and 31st August 2004,
                University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK

               Paper submission deadline: July 9, 2004


Theme of workshop
The objective of this two day workshop is to bring together researchers from
both universities and industry to consider different methods of achieving
robustness in conversational interaction systems. The workshop is aimed at
developing robustness against effects which are known to degrade the
performance of the individual components of a conversational interaction

Scientific Areas (not limited to):
A. Robustness against environmental noise
-  Model adaptation
-  Feature extraction
-  Filtering and transformations
-  Enhancement
B. Robustness against unreliable transmission channels
-  Distributed approaches to ASR
-  Channel protection
-  Error concealment - reconstruction or adaptation
C. Robust conversational system design
-  Utterance verification and confidence measures
-  Error handling
-  Dialogue strategies
-  User modelling and adaptation
D. Inclusion of non-speech modalities to improve robustness
-  Multi-modal interaction
-  Modality fusion and synchronisation
-  Non-speech audio
-  Non-acoustic features
E. Robustness to speaker variability
-  Spontaneous speech
-  Dialects and Non-native speakers
-  Speaker adaptation
F. Other
-  Applications and implementations
-  Databases
-  Evaluation

Keynote speakers
In addition to regular technical sessions, the workshop will include invited
plenary talks on topics of related general interest (preliminary titles):

· Richard Rose, McGill University, Canada - Robustness against
  environmental noise
· David Pearce, Motorola, UK - Robustness against unreliable
  transmission channels
· Phil Cohen, OGI, USA - Inclusion of non-speech modalities to
  improve robustness
· Lou Boves, University of Nijmegen, NL - Robust conversational system design

The workshop will be divided into four sessions during the two days and will
conclude with a panel discussion.

Submission and further details
Submission of papers
Papers should be submitted electronically through the workshop website:


Prospective authors should submit four-page papers describing original work
in any of the listed scientific areas.

Further details are available on:

Email enquiries can be sent to:
robust04 at cmp.uea.ac.uk

Participation to the workshop will be restricted to around 50 people.

The workshop will be held at:
The University of East Anglia
United Kingdom

Local organiser:
Ben Milner
E: b.milner at uea.ac.uk
T: +44 1603 593339
F: +44 1603 593345

Important dates
Submission deadline:		9 July 2004
Notification of acceptance:	23 July 2004
Workshop:			30-31 August 2004

Organising Committee
Ben Milner		University of East Anglia, UK
Børge Lindberg		Aalborg University, Denmark
Christian Wellekens	EURECOM, France
Joo P. Neto		INESC ID, Portugal
Georg Niklfeld		FTW, Austria
Stephane Deketelaere	MULTITEL, Belgium
Torbjørn Svendsen	NTNU, Norway

Supporters of the Workshop
COST-TIST - European co-operation in the field of Scientific and Technical
Research - Telecommunications, Information Science and Technology

ISCA - International Speech Communication Association

UEA - University of East Anglia

The main objective of this COST-TIST Action is to create knowledge in several
problem areas of spoken language interaction in telecommunications in order
to achieve communicative interfaces that provide a natural human-computer
interaction through more cognitive, intuitive and robust interfaces, whether
monolingual, multilingual or multimodal.

The scientific programme emphasises speech and dialogue processing in
multimodal communication interfaces, issues related to robustness and
multilinguality, human-computer dialogue theories, and models and systems
and associated tools for the establishment of interactive systems. The
programme also involves the evaluation of telecommunication applications
in which spoken language is the only or one of many types of input or
output modalities.

Activities within COST278 are divided into three working groups with various

	WG-1 Speech input processing
	WG-2 Multi-modal processing
	WG-3 Dialogue processing

The COST278 website is located at:


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