[Elsnet-list] Final call for participation PQS Workshop

Raake, Alexander Alexander.Raake at telekom.de
Fri Aug 25 15:11:48 CEST 2006


******** Final Call for Participation ********

Dear colleagues,

With this email we wish to kindly invite you to join our

Second ISCA/DEGA Tutorial & Research Workshop on PERCEPTUAL QUALITY OF SYSTEMS

Berlin, Germany, 4-6 September 2006

We are looking forward to seeing you in Berlin!
Ute Jekosch, Sebastian Moeller, and Alexander Raake 


WORKSHOP WEBSITE: www.quality-workshop.de

The quality of systems which address human perception is difficult to describe. Since quality is not an inherent property of a system, users have to decide on what is good or bad in a specific situation. An engineering approach to quality includes the consideration of how a system is perceived by its users, and how the needs and expectations of the users develop. Thus, quality assessment and prediction have to take the relevant human perception and judgement factors into account. Although significant progress has been made in several areas affecting quality within the last two decades, there is still no consensus on the definition of quality and its contributing components, as well as on assessment, evaluation and prediction methods.

Perceptual quality is attributed to all systems and services which involve human perception. Telecommunication services directly provoke such perceptions: Speech communication services (telephone, Voice over IP), speech technology (synthesis, spoken dialogue systems), as well as multimodal services and interfaces (teleconference, multimedia on demand, mobile phones, PDAs). However, the situation is similar for the perception of other products, like machines, domestic devices, or cars. An integrated view on system quality makes use of knowledge gained in different disciplines and may therefore help to find general underlying principles. This will assist the increase of usability and perceived quality of systems and services, and finally yield better acceptance.

The workshop is intended to provide an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas between both academic and industrial researchers working on different aspects of perceptual quality of systems. Papers are invited which refer to methodological aspects of quality and usability assessment and evaluation, the underlying perception and judgment processes, as well as to particular technologies, systems or services. Perception-based as well as instrumental approaches will complement each other in giving a broader picture of perceptual quality. It is expected that this will help technology providers to develop successful, high-quality systems and services.

The following non-exhaustive list gives examples of topics which are relevant for the workshop, and for which papers are invited:

- Methodologies and Methods of Quality Assessment and Evaluation
- Metrology: Test Design and Scaling
- Quality of Speech and Music
- Quality of Multimodal Perception
- Perceptual Quality vs. Usability
- Semio-Acoustics and -Perception
- Quality and Usability of
- Speech Technology Devices
- Telecommunication Systems and Services
- Multi-Modal User Interfaces
- Virtual Reality
- Product-Sound Quality

The workshop will take place in the "Harnack-Haus", a villa-like conference center located in the quiet western part of Berlin, near the Free University. As long as space permits, all participants will be accommodated in this center. Accommodation and meals are included in the workshop fees. The center is run by the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft and can easily be reached from all three airports of Berlin (Tegel/TXL, Schönefeld/SXF and Tempelhof/THF). Details on the venue, accommodation and transportation will be announced soon.

CD workshop proceedings will be available upon registration at the conference venue and subsequently on the workshop web site.

The official language of the workshop will be English.

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Akustik e.V. (DEGA)
Ute Jekosch, IAS, Dresden University of Technology, Germany 
Sebastian Möller, Deutsche Telekom Laboratories, Berlin University of Technology, Germany 
Alexander Raake, Deutsche Telekom Laboratories, Berlin University of Technology, Germany

Altinsoy, Ercan, HEAD acoustics GmbH, Germany
Beerends, John, TNO Telecom, The Netherlands
Bernsen, Niels Ole, NIS, University of Southern Denmark
Blauert, Jens, IKA, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
Braasch, Jonas, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Burnham, Denis, MARCS, University of Western Sydney, Australia
D'Alessandro, Christophe, LIMSI-CNRS, Orsay, France
Eisert, Peter, Heinrich-Hertz-Institut, Berlin, Germany
Ellermeier, Wolfgang, Aalborg University, Denmark
Furui, Sadaoki, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Gierlich, Hans-Wilhelm, HEAD acoustics GmbH, Germany
Gros, Laetitia, France Télécom R&D, Lannion, France
Heute, Ulrich, LNS, Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel, Germany
Hoffmann, Rüdiger, IAS, Dresden Univ. of Technology, Germany
Kohlrausch, Armin, Philips Research Labs, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Lindberg, Børge, Aalborg University, Denmark
McAdams, Steven, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Schmidt, Albrecht, Embedded Interaction, LMU Munich, Germany
Sharpley, Alan, Dynastat, Austin, Texas, USA
Svensson, Peter, Q2S, Norwegian Univ. of Science and Technology
Zacharov, Nick, Nokia Corporation, Tampere, Finland

Deutsche Telekom Laboratories, Berlin University of Technology
Dresden University of Technology
International Speech Communication Association (ISCA)
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Akustik e.V. (DEGA)
Information Technology Society (ITG)

Sebastian Moeller/Alexander Raake
Deutsche Telekom, Laboratories
Ernst-Reuter-Platz 7
D-10587 Berlin, Germany
Tel: +49 30 8353 58465/62
Fax: +49 30 8353 58409
sebastian.moeller at telekom.de
alexander.raake at telekom.de
Web: http://www.quality-workshop.de

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