[Elsnet-list] Call for Participation: Workshop on Conversational Applications - 18-19 June

Kazuyuki Ashimura ashimura at w3.org
Tue Mar 23 12:04:27 CET 2010

W3C is holding the Workshop on Conversational Applications.  The
Workshop will be held in Somerset, NJ, US, hosted by Openstream.

The Call for Participation is available at:

Important dates and deadlines for this Workshop are:
* Workshop dates: 18 and 19 June 2010
* Position papers due: 16 April 2010 (paper due extended!)
* Final agenda: 1 May 2010
* Registration closes: 4 June 2010

Registration details and information about expected audience are in
the Call for Participation.

Please note:
* To ensure maximum diversity, the number of participants per
  organization will be limited.
* W3C membership is not required to participate in this workshop.
* Workshop sessions and documents will be in English.
* Attendees are required to submit a position paper.

The Workshop will be organized by the workshop organizing committee
including James A. Larson, Deborah Dahl, Daniel C. Burnett and
Kazuyuki Ashimura.

Workshop Goals

The goal of the workshop is to understand the limitations of the
current W3C language model in order to develop a more comprehensive
model. We plan to collect and analyze use cases and prioritize
requirements that ultimately will be used to identify improvements to
the W3C language model. Just as W3C developed SSML 1.1 to broaden the
languages for which SSML is useful, this effort will result in
improved support for language capabilities that are unsupported today.

The main outcome of the workshop will be the publication of a document
that will serve as a guide for improving the W3C language model.

Scope of the Workshop

Submissions must describe (1) requirements and use cases for improving
W3C standards for conversational interaction and (2) how the use cases
justify one or more of these topics:

* Formal notations for representing grammar in: Syntax, Morphology,
  Phonology, Prosodics

* Engine standards for improvement in processing: Syntax, Morphology,
  Phonology, Lexicography

* Lexicography standards for: parts-of-speech, grammatical features
  and polysemy

* Formal semantic representation of human language including: verbal
  tense, aspect, valency, plurality, pronouns, adverbs, etc.

* Efficient data structures for binary representation and passing of:
  parse trees, alternate lexical/morphologic analysis, alternate
  phonologic analysis

* Other suggested areas or improvements for standards based
  conversational systems development

Contact Information

The W3C contact is Kazuyuki Ashimura.
email: ashimura at w3.org
voice: +81.466.49.1170
fax: +81.466.49.1171

Kazuyuki Ashimura / W3C Multimodal & Voice Activity Lead
mailto: ashimura at w3.org
voice: +81.466.49.1170 / fax: +81.466.49.1171

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