[Elsnet-list] CFP: Young Researchers' Rountable on Spoken Dialog Systems

Antoine Raux antoine at cs.cmu.edu
Tue Feb 8 15:16:08 CET 2005


             C A L L    F O R   P A R T I C I P A T I O N




                           an ISCA event

                        in conjunction with

                    INTERSPEECH/EUROSPEECH 2005

   9th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

                          Lisbon, Portugal

                   Thursday, September 1st, 2005


Website: www.cs.cmu.edu/~dod/roundtable

Contact: yrr-organizers at cs.cmu.edu


Workshop Overview:



The Young Researchers' Roundtable on Spoken Dialog Systems will bring
together students, post docs, and junior researchers from different
countries, different research institutions, and different disciplines who
share an interest in applied dialog systems research. It will provide a
setting in which participants can discuss their own research and work and
obtain feedback from others who are at a similar level and who are working
on similar problems. It will also provide a forum for discussing recent
papers and talks with an eye toward (1) solving the problems participants
currently face in their work and (2) identifying issues that are likely to
be important in the coming years. Perhaps most importantly, the event will
help to create a more permanent international network of young researchers
working in spoken dialog systems.


This workshop will be a full-day event consisting of multiple small-group
discussions of topics that will be chosen based on suggestions submitted by
the participants themselves. Potential roundtable discussion topics could

- What are best practices for conducting and evaluating user studies of
spoken dialog systems?

- How can users be made aware of the capabilities and limitations of spoken
dialog systems?

- Spoken dialog systems and robots: what are the issues and challenges?

- What skills must a dialog agent have to be able to engage in a
multi-participant conversation?

- Where can spoken dialog systems have a significant impact in the world?

- What are best practices for rapidly deploying dialog systems in the real

- Should human-computer communication mimic human-human communication?

- How can a dialog system learn from its own experience automatically?


After the small-group discussions, each of the groups will present a summary
to the rest of the participants. We hope that the discussion format will
foster creative thinking about current issues in spoken dialog systems
research, setting the stage for the colocated conferences SIGdial and


We invite participation from students, post docs, and junior researchers who
are currently working in applied spoken dialog systems research. We also
invite participation from those who are working in related fields such as
human factors, speech recognition, artificial intelligence, or speech
synthesis, as applied to spoken dialog systems. Potential participants
should submit a 2-page paper following the template provided at
www.cs.cmu.edu/~dod/roundtable/cfp.html. The paper will include a statement
of research interests, an overview of past, current and future work, a
discussion of what you consider to be the most compelling issues in spoken
dialog systems, and a short biographical sketch. Accepted papers will be
collated and distributed to participants in CD-ROM and/or paper format. We
also plan to publish the position papers and presentations from the workshop
on the web, subject to sponsor or publisher constraints.


Fees (EURO): 


Students:                  40.00 EUR

Postdocs and junior researchers:   60.00 EUR

Lunch and light refreshments are included in the registration fee.


Important Dates: 


Participation will be limited to 45 people.

Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis beginning March 1st, 2005
Submissions will no longer be accepted after July 1st, 2005 Workshop date
(full day): September 1st, 2005


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