[Elsnet-list] First Call for Papers: The Young Researchers' Roundtable on Spoken Dialog Systems

Teruhisa Misu teruhisa.misu at gmail.com
Wed Apr 14 06:56:10 CEST 2010


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First Call for Papers and Participation

Young Researchers' Roundtable on Spoken Dialogue Systems 2010

22nd-23rd September, at Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan

*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 for 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 could include:
- Links between dialog and cognition
- Role of affect in dialog
- Face-to-face dialog involves the embodiment of messages
- Dialog systems as a testbed for theories of dialog
- Turn-taking versus continuous interaction
- Context and spoken dialog systems
- Models of dialog: Statistical dialog modeling vs. symbolic dialog modeling
(rule-based, plan-based, agent-based)
- Dialog management: Domain/task/strategy switching in multi-purpose
- Combination of chatting/information seeking/task-oriented dialog
management, Self-evolutionary dialog management, Multiparty dialog
- Building truly incremental SDS
- Models for learning and reasoning beyond the confines of a single
interaction
- Objectivity and SDS evaluation, Shared evaluation and data collection
campaigns
- Dialog data collection, Sharing data sets and formats for statistical
models

Previous workshops were held in London (INTERSPEECH 2009), Columbus (ACL
2008),
Antwerp (INTERSPEECH 2007), Pittsburgh (INTERSPEECH 2006)
and Lisbon (INTERSPEECH 2005).

YRRSDS'10 will feature:
- a senior researcher panel (both academia and industry)
- a demo and poster session
- a special session on robots and spoken dialog systems

*Workshop date*

YRRSDS'10 will take place on September 22nd and 23rd, 2010
(before SIGDial 2010, Interspeech and IWSDS 2010).

*Workshop location*

The 2010 YRRSDS will be held at Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan,
one of the Japan's leading research-focused higher education institutions.
Waseda University is founded in 1882, and since then
it has been one of Japan's top private,
co-educational institutions of higher learning.

*Grants*

YRRSDS 2010 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.

*Sponsors*

Microsoft Research, AT&T, Honda Research Institute,
Aldebaran Robotics and Orange Labs

*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*
(subject to change)
- Submissions open: Mid May, 2010
- Submissions deadline: Mid July, 2010
- Final notification: End July, 2010

- Registration begins: TBD
- Registration deadline: TBD

- YRR:  22-23 September, 2010
- SIGDial: 24-25 September, 2010
- Interspeech: 26-31 September 2010
- IWSDS: 1-2 October, 2010

*More information on related websites*

- Young Researchers' Roundtable website: http://www.yrrsds.org/
- SIGDIAL 2010 conference website:
http://www.sigdial.org/workshops/workshop11/
- Interspeech 2010 website: http://www.interspeech2010.org/
- IWSDS 2010 website: http://www.iwsds.org/

*Organising Committee*

- Luciana Benotti, Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Argentina
- Kotaro Funakoshi, Honda Research Institute Japan Co., Ltd., Japan
- Ryuichiro Higashinaka, NTT, Japan
- Catherine Lai, University of Pennsylvania, USA
- Marianne Laurent, Orange Labs, France
- Teruhisa Misu, National Institute of Information and Communications
Technology, Japan
- Sylvie Saget, University of Rennes 1, France

*Local Organisers*

- Shinya Fujie, Waseda University, Japan
- Takehiro Teraoka, Keio University, Japan
- Nao Tatsumi, Keio University, Japan

*Advisory Committee (as of April 14, 2010)*

- Alan Black, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
- Patrick Blackburn, INRIA, France
- Dan Bohus, Microsoft Research, USA
- Philippe Bretier, Orange labs, France
- David Diaz Pardo de Vera, Politechnic University of Madrid, Spain
- Raquel Fernandez, ILLC, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- Sadaoki Furui, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
- Milica Gasic, University of Cambridge, UK
- Gary Geunbae Lee, InSlligent Software Lab., POSTECH, Korea, Korea
- Marc Guyomard, IRISA-ENSSAT, University of Rennes 1, France
- Kristiina Jokinen, University of Helsinki, Finland
- Yasuhiro Katagiri, Future University-Hakodate, Japan
- Lin-shan Lee, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
- Oliver Lemon, Interaction Lab., Heriott Watt University, Edinburgh, UK
- Michael McTear, University of Ulster, UK
- Francois Mairesse, University of Cambridge, UK
- Matthew Marge, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
- Roger Moore, Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield, UK
- Mikio Nakano, Honda Research Institute, Japan
- Tim Paek, Microsoft Research, USA
- Joana Paulo Pardal, L2F iNESC-ID and IST, Technical University of Lisbon,
Portugal
- Ricardo Ribeiro, L2F iNESC-ID and ISCTE-IUL, Lisbon, Portugal
- Alexander Rudnicky, Language Technologies Institute, Carnegie Mellon
University, USA
- David Schlangen, Institute for Linguistics, University of Potsdam, Germany
- Frank Soong, Microsoft Research, China
- Amanda Stent, AT&T Labs, USA
- Isabel Trancoso, L2F, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
- David Traum, USC Institute for Creative Technologies, USA
- Jason Williams, AT&T Labs, USA
- Steve Young, University of Cambridge, UK
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