[Elsnet-list] TSD 2009 Conference - Call for Papers

Vaclav Matousek matousek at kiv.zcu.cz
Mon Mar 16 09:15:37 CET 2009


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       		         TSD 2009 - CALL FOR PAPERS
            An International Conference on TEXT, SPEECH and DIALOGUE

            Primavera Hotel & Congress centre, Plzen, Czech Republic

            September 13-18, 2009 (after Interspeech-Eurospeech 2009)
                         http://www.tsdconference.org/

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The conference is organized by the Faculty of Applied Sciences, University
of West Bohemia, Pilsen, and the Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University,
Brno.  TSD 2009 will be supported by International Speech Communication
Association (ISCA) and Czech Society for Cybernetics and Informatics 
(CSKI).


TSD SERIES

TSD series evolved as a prime forum for interaction between researchers
in both spoken and written language processing from the former East Block
countries and their Western colleagues. Proceedings of TSD form a book
published by Springer-Verlag in their Lecture Notes in Artificial
Intelligence (LNAI) series.


TOPICS

Topics of the international conference will include
(but are not limited to):
 	text corpora and tagging
 	transcription problems in spoken corpora
 	sense disambiguation
 	links between text and speech oriented systems
 	parsing issues
 	parsing problems in spoken texts
 	multi-lingual issues
 	multi-lingual dialogue systems
 	information retrieval and information extraction
 	text/topic summarization
 	machine translation
 	semantic networks and ontologies
 	semantic web
 	speech modeling
 	speech segmentation
 	speech recognition
 	search in speech for IR and IE
 	text-to-speech synthesis
 	dialogue systems
 	development of dialogue strategies
 	prosody in dialogues
 	emotions and personality modeling
 	user modeling
 	knowledge representation in relation to dialogue systems
 	assistive technologies based on speech and dialogue
 	applied systems and software
 	facial animation
 	visual speech synthesis

The keynote topic of TSD 2009 conference is Modern approaches in semantic
analysis.


OFFICIAL LANGUAGE

The official language of the event will be English, but papers on processing
in languages other than English are strongly encouraged.


PROGRAM COMMITTEE

     Frederick Jelinek, USA (general chair)
     Hynek Hermansky, Switzerland (executive chair)
     Eneko Agirre, Spain
     Genevieve Baudoin, France
     Jan Cernocky, Czech Republic
     Attila Ferencz, Romania
     Alexander Gelbukh, Mexico
     Louise Guthrie, GB
     Jan Hajic,  Czech Republic
     Eva Hajicova, Czech Republic
     Patrick Hanks, Czech Republic
     Ludwig Hitzenberger, Germany
     Jaroslava Hlavacova, Czech Republic
     Ales Horak, Czech Republic
     Eduard Hovy, USA
     Ivan Kopecek, Czech Republic
     Steven Krauwer, The Netherlands
     Siegfried Kunzmann, Germany
     Natalija Loukachevitch, Russia
     Vaclav Matousek, Czech Republic
     Hermann Ney, Germany
     Elmar Noeth, Germany
     Karel Oliva, Austria, Czech Republic
     Karel Pala, Czech Republic
     Nikola Pavesic, Slovenia
     Vladimir Petkevic, Czech Republic
     Fabio Pianesi, Italy
     Adam Przepiorkowski, Poland
     Josef Psutka, Czech Republic
     James Pustejovsky, USA
     Leon J.M. Rothkrantz, The Netherlands
     Ernst G. Schukat-Talamazzini, Germany
     Pavel Skrelin, Russia
     Pavel Smrz, Czech Republic
     Petr Sojka, Czech Republic
     Marko Tadic, Croatia
     Tamas Varadi, Hungary
     Zygmunt Vetulani, Poland
     Taras Vintsiuk, Ukraine
     Yorick Wilks, GB
     Victor Zacharov, Russia


FORMAT OF THE CONFERENCE

The conference program will include presentation of invited papers, oral
presentations, and poster/demonstration sessions. Papers will be presented
in plenary or topic oriented sessions. A preliminary conference program
will be published at the conference www pages. One day of the conference 
will be dedicated for tutorials and workshops.

Social events including a trip in the vicinity of Plzen will allow for
additional informal interactions.


SUBMISSION OF PAPERS

Authors are invited to submit a full paper not exceeding 8 pages formatted
in the LNCS style (see below). Those accepted will be presented either
orally or as posters. The decision about the presentation format will be
based on the recommendation of three reviewers. The authors are asked to
submit their papers using the on-line form accessible from the conference
website.

Papers submitted to TSD 2009 must not be under review by any other
conference or publication during the TSD review cycle, and must not be
previously published or accepted for publication elsewhere.

As reviewing will be blind, the paper should not include the authors'
names and affiliations. Furthermore, self-references that reveal the
author's identity, e.g., "We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...", should 
be avoided. Instead, use citations such as "Smith previously showed 
(Smith, 1991) ...".  Papers that do not conform to the requirements above 
are subject to be rejected without review.

The authors are strongly encouraged to write their papers in TeX or LaTeX
formats. These formats are necessary for the final versions of the papers
that will be published in the Springer Lecture Notes. Authors using a WORD
compatible software for the final version must use the LNCS template for
WORD and within the submit process ask the Proceedings Editors to convert
the paper to LaTeX format.  For this service a service-and-license fee of
CZK 1500 will be levied automatically.

The paper format for review has to be either PDF or PostScript file with 
all required fonts included. Upon notification of acceptance, presenters 
will receive further information on submitting their camera-ready and 
electronic sources (for detailed instructions on the final paper format 
see http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html#Proceedings.)

Authors are also invited to present actual projects, developed software or
interesting material relevant to the topics of the conference.  The
presenters of the demonstration should provide the abstract not exceeding
one page. The demonstration abstracts will not appear in the conference
proceedings.


LOCATION

Plzen (Pilsen) is located in Western Bohemia on the confluence of four
rivers. With 170 thousand inhabitants it is the fourth largest city in the
Czech Republic and an important industrial, commercial, cultural, and
administrative center.

Plzen is well known for its brewing tradition. The trademark Pilsner-Urquell
penetrated all over the world thanks to the traditional recipe, high quality
hops and good wells. Beer lovers will also appreciate a visit to the brewery
museum or the Brewery itself.

Apart from its famous beer, Plzen has a lot of hidden treasures in its core.
Plzen can pride itself on the second largest synagogue in Europe. The old
city center is dominated by a 13th-century Gothic church which features the
highest tower in Bohemia (102.34 m). It is possible to go up the stairs and
admire the panorama. Not far from the church is a splendid Renaissance Town
Hall from 1558 and plenty of pleasant cafes and pubs.

Plzen has also a beautiful historical underground - under the city center
there are 25 km of tunnels. Visitors can pass through the most beautiful
part of this labyrinth.

It is also recommended to visit the Zoo having the second largest space for
bears in Europe and keeping the Komodo dragons - large lizards existing in
only a few Zoos in the world..

In the neighborhood of the city there are castle Radyně and hunting-seat
Kozel. St. Peter's Rotunda in Starý Plzenec was built in the 10th century.

The University of West Bohemia in Plzen provides a variety of courses for
both Czech and international students. It is the only institution of 
higher education in this part of the country which prepares students for 
careers in engineering (electrical and mechanical), science (computer 
science, applied mathematics, physics, and mechanics), education (both 
primary and secondary), economics, philosophy, politology, archaeology, 
anthropology, foreign languages, law and public administration, art and 
design.


GETTING THERE

The city has an access from the D5 highway connecting Prague (Praha) with
Germany. Plzen has a very good bus and train connections with the capital
Prague (takes about 1 - 1.5 hour). From the international airport Prague -
Ruzyne you can reach Plzen by frequent public transport in 1.5 - 2 hours.


IMPORTANT DATES

March 22, 2009		Submission of full papers
May 15, 2009 		Notification of acceptance
May 31, 2009		Final papers (camera-ready) submission and
                         registration
Sept. 13-18, 2009	TSD 2009 Conference

The contributions to the conference will be published in proceedings that
will be made available to participants at the time of the conference.


CONFERENCE FEES

The conference fee depends on the date of payment and on your status. It
includes meals at the main conference time (Sept. 14-16), one copy of the
proceedings, refreshments, social events and organizing costs. The fee 
does
not include accommodation.

Full participant:
     Early payment (by May 31):      CZK  9000
     Late payment (by August 15):    CZK 11000
     On-site payment:                CZK 13000

Student:
     Early payment (by May 31):      CZK  7500
     Late payment (by August 15):    CZK  9500
     On-site payment:                CZK 11500

The payment may be refunded up until August 15, at the cost of CZK 1500.
No refund is possible after this date.

All costs are in Czech Crowns (Czech Koruna, CZK), see e.g.
http://www.xe.com/ucc/ for the current exchange rate.

At least one of the authors has to register and pay the registration fee 
by May 31, 2009 for their paper to be included in the conference 
proceedings. Only one paper of up to 8 pages is included in the regular 
registration fee. The additional paper and page charge is CZK 1000 per 
page. An author with more than one paper pays the additional paper(s) 
rates unless a co-author has also registered and paid the full 
registration fee.

The organizing committee will provide discounts and grants for participants
from East European countries (Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, ...). To apply for
a grant, send an email to tsd2009 at tsdconference.org with subject 'Grant
Application', in which you briefly describe the reasons for your
application.  Each applicant must send a separate e-mail.


ACCOMMODATION

The organizing committee has arranged accommodation at reasonable prices 
in the Primavera hotel and student dormitories. The current prices of the
accommodation will be available at the conference website.


ADDRESS

All correspondence regarding the conference should be addressed to:

Mrs. Helena Ptackova
University of West Bohemia in Pilsen
Faculty of Applied Sciences
Department of Computer Science
Univerzitni 8
CZ - 306 14  PLZEN
Czech Republic

Tel:    +420 377 632 401         Fax:   +420 377 632 402
E-mail: tsd at kiv.zcu.cz

TSD 2009 conference web site: http://www.tsdconference.org/

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