[Elsnet-list] Young Researchers Roundtable on Spoken Dialogue Systems 2006 CFP

Matthias Denecke matthias at opendialog.org
Fri Jun 16 01:52:04 CEST 2006

YRR-2006: 2nd Call for participation (http://www.yrrsds.org/)

Workshop topic

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)  
solving the
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).

Workshop format
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

- 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.

Submission process
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 
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 
reached, or
until the submission deadline (July 20th, 2006) is  reached.

Important Dates

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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