[Elsnet-list] YRR-2007: Call for participation

Hamerich, Stefan SHamerich at harmanbecker.com
Tue Apr 10 11:03:18 CEST 2007

Young Researchers' Roundtable on Spoken Dialog Systems
September 1, 2007, Antwerp, Belgium

First Call for Participation

The Young Researchers' Roundtable on Spoken Dialog Systems is an annual workshop designed for students, post docs, and junior researchers working in research related to spoken dialogue systems. The roundtable provides an open forum where participants can discuss their research interests, current work and future plans. The workshop is meant to provide an interdisciplinary forum for creative thinking about current issues in spoken dialogue systems research, and help create a stronger international network of young researchers working in the field.  The 
workshop is co-located with Interspeech 2007 and will occur the day before the 8th SIGdial workshop.

Workshop Format

During the workshop we will form small groups to discuss research problems the participants currently face, and identify issues that are likely to be important in the coming years. The results of each discussion group will then presented and discussed in plenary sessions. The topics for discussion are still open and will be determined by participant submissions and finalized online before the workshop. Potential participants should submit a short paper, as described below in the submission process to get accepted to the workshop.

Submission Process

We invite participation from students, post docs, and junior researchers who are currently working in spoken dialog systems research. We also invite participation from those who are working in related fields such as linguistics, psychology, or speech processing, as applied to spoken dialogue systems.  Please note that by 'young researchers' the workshop's organizers mean to target students and researchers in the field who are at a relatively early stage of their careers, and in no way mean to imply that participants must meet certain age restrictions.

Potential participants should submit a 2-page position paper and suggest topics for discussion. A template and specific submission instructions will be available on http://www.yrrsds.org/ on March 30.  Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis from that day until the maximum number of participants for the workshop (50) is reached, or until the submission deadline (July 14th, 2007) is reached.  Proceedings from previous years' workshops are also available on our web site. Specific questions can be directed to the organizing committee at 
yrr-organizers07 at ira dot uka dot de.

Important Dates

Open for submissions:  March 30th, 2007
Submissions deadline:  July 14th, 2007
Registration begins:  July 2nd, 2007
Registration deadline:  July 27th, 2007
Workshop:  Sept. 1st, 2007

Organizing Committee

Sudeep Gandhe, University of Southern California, USA
Stefan Hamerich, Harman/Becker Automotive Systems, Germany
Hartwig Holzapfel, Universität Karlsruhe, Germany
Antonio Roque, University of Southern California, USA
Wieneke Wesseling, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Netherlands

Local Organization

Walter Daelemans, University of Antwerp, Belgium

Advisory Committee

Nick Campbell, Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International, Japan
Robert Dale, Macquarie University, Australia
Matthias Denecke, Agilingua, Japan
Sadaoki Furui, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Walther von Hahn, University of Hamburg, Germany
Peter Heeman, Oregon Graduate Institute, USA
Ian Lane, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Gary Geunbae Lee, Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea
Michael McTear, University of Ulster, UK
Wolfgang Minker, University of Ulm, Germany
Mikio Nakano, Honda Research Institute, Japan
David Novick, University of Texas at El Paso, USA
Tim Paek, Microsoft Research, USA
Roberto Pieraccini, SpeechCycle, USA
Verena Rieser, Saarland University, Germany
Mihai Rotaru, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Amanda Stent, Stony Brook University, USA
Matt Stuttle, Cambridge University, UK
David Traum, University of Southern California, USA
Steve Young, Cambridge University, UK 
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