[Elsnet-list] Young Researchers Roundtable on Spoken Dialogue
Systems 2006 CFP
matthias at opendialog.org
Fri Jun 16 01:52:04 CEST 2006
YRR-2006: 2nd Call for participation (http://www.yrrsds.org/)
The Young Researchers' Roundtable on Spoken Dialog Systems is a satellite
workshop to the INTERSPEECH 2006 - ICSLP in Pittsburgh. This workshop 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
on similar problems. The discussions will have an eye toward (1)
problems participants currently face in their work and (2) identifying
that are likely to be important in the coming years. And, perhaps most
importantly, (3) the event will help to create a more permanent
network of young researchers working in spoken dialog systems. We hope to
continue the success of last year's Young Researchers' Roundtable on
Dialog Systems (http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dod/YRR/index.html).
This workshop will be a full-day event consisting of multiple small- group
discussions of topics that will be chosen based on suggestions
the participants themselves. Potential roundtable discussion topics could
- Use and usefulness of user simulation: What are the best practices for
building and evaluating user simulations?
- Dialogue and question answering: How can dialogue research help with
interactive question answering?
- Multimodality: Today spoken dialog systems are common in call centers,
mobile phone, and cars, but multi-modal systems are much less widely
deployed. Why is this so? Can multimodal dialogue systems play a
role in gaming/virtual reality?
- Para-linguistic and non-linguistic phenomena: How should dialogue
account for and respond to affect (e.g., user frustration)?
- Bridging the gap: How can research on spoken dialogue systems benfit
other fields? What techniques from other fields (such as operations
research, ergonomics, data mining, or others) might be borrowed and
to advance spoken dialog systems? What can linguistic theories and
lingusitic research tell us?
After the small-group discussions, each of the groups will present a
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 co-located INTERSPEECH-2006.
We invite participation from students, post docs, and junior
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
submit a 2-page position paper following the template provided on the
The paper will include a statement of research interests with a short
of past, current and future work. Furthermore a discussion on the
* What is the next killer application for spoken dialog systems?
* What sort of impact could that application have?
* What questions need to be answered before we can realize that
This discussion should be followed by an enumeration of three possible
discussion topics for the event itself. Finally the authors are asked to
provide 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
subject to sponsor or publisher constraints.
Further information concerning the submission format is provided on the
Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis starting March 27th, 2006,
until the maximum number of participants for the workshop (45) is
until the submission deadline (July 20th, 2006) is reached.
Open for submissions: March 30th, 2006
Submissions deadline: July 20th, 2006
Registrations begin: August 1st, 2006
Registration deadline: TBD
Workshop: September 16th, 2006
The YRR '06 Organizing Committee
yrr-organizers06 at lists.csail.mit.edu
** Matthias Denecke
** Alex Gruenstein, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence
** Verena Rieser, International Post-Graduate College for Language
and Cognitive Systems, Saarland University, Germany
** Mihai Rotaru, Computer Science Department, University of Pittsburgh, USA
** Matt Stuttle, Department of Engineering, Cambridge University, UK
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