[Elsnet-list] Call for Papers/Participation - YRRSDS 2009

David Díaz Pardo de Vera daviddpdv at gmail.com
Wed May 13 17:40:15 CEST 2009


Call for Papers and Participation

Young Researchers' Roundtable on Spoken Dialogue Systems 2009

13th-14th September, at Queen Mary University of London


*Overview and goals*

The Young Researchers' Roundtable on Spoken Dialogue Systems (YRRSDS) is an
annual workshop designed for post-graduate students, post-docs and junior
researchers working in research related to spoken dialogue systems in both
academia and industry. The roundtable provides an open forum where
participants can discuss their research interests, current work and future
plans. The workshop has three main goals:
- to offer an interdisciplinary forum for creative thinking about current
issues in spoken dialogue systems research
- to provide young researchers with career advice from senior researchers
and professionals from both academic and industrial backgrounds
- to develop a stronger international network of young researchers working
in the field.

(Important note: There is no age restriction to participating in the
workshop; the word 'young' is meant to indicate that it is targeted towards
researchers who are at a relatively early stage in their career.)

*Topics and sessions*

 Potential roundtable discussion topics include: best practices for
conducting and evaluating user studies of spoken dialogue systems, the
prosody of conversation, methods of analysis for dialogue systems,
conversational agents and virtual characters, cultural adaptation of
dialogue strategies, and user modelling.


YRRSDS’09 will feature:
- a senior researcher panel (both academia and industry)
- a demo and poster session
- a special session on frameworks and grand challenges for dialogue system
evaluation
- a special session on EU projects related to spoken dialogue systems.

Previous workshops were held in Columbus (ACL 2008), Antwerp (INTERSPEECH
2007), Pittsburgh (INTERSPEECH 2006) and Lisbon (INTERSPEECH 2005).

*Workshop date*
YRRSDS'09 will take place on September 13th and 14th, 2009 (immediately
after Interspeech and SIGDial 2009).

*Workshop location*
The 2009 YRRSDS will be held at Queen Mary University of London, one of the
UK's leading research-focused higher education institutions. Queen Mary’s
Mile End campus began life in 1887 as the People's Palace, a philanthropic
endeavour to provide east Londoners with education and social activities,
and is located in the heart of London's vibrant East End.

 *Grants*
YRRSDS 2009 will be supported this year by ISCA, the International Speech
Communication Association. ISCA will consider applications for a limited
number of travel grants. Applications should be send directly to
grants at isca-speech.org, details of the application process and forms are
available from http://www.isca-speech.org/grants.html.We are also
negotiating with other supporters the possibility of offering a limited
number of travel grants to students.

*Endorsements*
SIGDial, ISCA, Dialogs on Dialogs

*Sponsors*
Orange, Microsoft Research, AT&T

*Submission process*
Participants will be asked to submit a 2-page position paper based on a
template provided by the organising committee. In their papers, authors will
include a short biographical sketch, a brief statement of research
interests, a description of their research work, and a short discussion of
what they believe to be the most significant and interesting issues in
spoken dialogue systems today and in the near future. Participants will also
provide three suggestions for discussion topics.
Workshop attendance will be limited to 50 participants. Submissions will be
accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. Submissions will be collated
and made available to participants. We also plan to publish the position
papers and presentations from the workshop on the web, subject to any
sponsor or publisher constraints.

*Important Dates*
- Submissions open: May 15, 2009
- Submissions deadline: June 30, 2009
- Final notification: July 31, 2009

 - Registration begins: TBD
- Registration deadline: TBD

 - Interspeech: 6-10 September 2009
 - SIGDial: 11-12 September, 2009
- YRR:  13-14 September, 2009

*More information on related websites*
- Young Researchers' Roundtable website: http://www.yrrsds.org/
- SIGDIAL 2009 conference website:
http://www.sigdial.org/workshops/workshop10/
- Interspeech 2009 website: http://www.interspeech2009.org/

*Organising Committee*
- David Díaz Pardo de Vera, Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain
- Milica Gašić, Cambridge University, UK
- François Mairesse, Cambridge University, UK
- Matthew Marge, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
- Joana Paulo Pardal, Technical University Lisbon, Portugal
- Ricardo Ribeiro, ISCTE, Lisbon, Portugal

*Local Organisers*
- Arash Eshghi, Queen Mary University of London, UK
- Christine Howes, Queen Mary University of London, UK
- Gregory Mills, Queen Mary University of London, UK

*Scientific Advisory Committee*
- Hua Ai, University of Pittsburgh, USA
- James Allen, University of Rochester, USA
- Alan Black, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
- Dan Bohus, Microsoft Research, USA
 - Philippe Bretier, Orange Labs, France
- Robert Dale, Macquarie University, Australia
- Maxine Eskenazi, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
- Sadaoki Furui, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
- Luis Hernández Gómez, Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain
- Carlos Gómez Gallo, University of Rochester, USA
- Kristiina Jokinen, University of Helsinki, Finland
- Nuno Mamede, Spoken Language Systems Lab, INESC-ID, Portugal
- David Martins de Matos, Spoken Language Systems Lab, INESC-ID, Portugal
- João Paulo Neto, Voice Interaction, Portugal
- Tim Paek, Microsoft Research
- Antoine Raux, Honda Research, USA
- Robert J. Ross, Universitat Bremen, Germany
- Alexander Rudnicky, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
- Mary Swift, University of Rochester, USA
- Isabel Trancoso, Spoken Language Systems Lab, INESC-ID, Portugal
- Tim Weale, The Ohio State University, USA
- Jason Williams, AT&T, USA
- Sabrina Wilske, Lang Tech and Cognitive Sys at Saarland University,
Germany
- Andi Winterboer, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Craig Wootton, University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland
- Steve Young, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
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