[Elsnet-list] AISV - MaMChOC - First CfP

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Multimodality and Multilinguism: new Challenges for the study of Oral
Communication (MaMChOC)
8th AISV National Conference

January 21st-23rd 2013, Ca’ Foscari University – Venezia

Call for Papers
We are glad to announce that the 7th National Conference of AISV (Italian
Association for Speech Sciences – ISCA Special Interest Group) will be
held in Venice from 21st to 23rd January 2013, hosted by Ca’ Foscari
University of Venice.
Conference Theme
Applications on mobile devices in the field of oral communication pose
challenges which have become more and more compelling in the linguistic
field. Speech-To-Speech Translation (STST) has pushed the boundaries of
linguistic research in the computational field higher, in yet to be
discovered areas which are deeply rooted in the linguistic and
paralinguistic domain. In addition, there is a strongly felt need for the
creation of brand new mathematical models that are capable to face
challenges posed by spoken dialogues. The possibility to combine Machine
Translation (MT) to obtain multilingual dialogues, which may be enriched
by the analysis of facial expressions - nowadays almost a reality, will in
the near future endow Speech Synthesis with the possibility to associate
more adequate intonation and tone of voice to linguistic forms generated
in the target language. It goes without saying that the same type of
multilingual spoken information processing will be possible in absence of
human interlocutors, with intelligent responders, and in the last resort,
with robots collaborating with humans.
Main theme of this conference is Dialogue, and the role played by
differences at multilingual level, including the role of facial
expressions in the communication process. This theme is intended both as
analysis of oral production in spontaneous dialogues, but also and
foremost as generation by means of automatic tools for MT. In particular,
MT will play a central role, in so far as it is finalized for dialogue, a
field which still suffers the lack of parallel corpora of adequate size:
this situation being not easy to mend, given the nature of the data to be
collected and the requirements imposed by statistical modeling. For this
reason, more adequate technologies call for the union of mathematical
model for sparse datasets with annotations that encode semantic and
pragmatic information. In all these contexts formal descriptions of spoken
dialogues at semantic and pragmatic level are needed, that accompany data
produced by ASR and improved by experimental phonetics.
An interesting role in this context can also be played by research carried
out in the field of sign language.
Abstract Submission
Participants interested in presenting their work should submit an abstract
of at least 5000 characters (including spaces) and not more than 7500
characters (including spaces). The abstracts will be evaluated anonymously
by the scientific committee.
Abstracts may be submitted online in *.doc
and *.pdf formats by accessing the conference website. The official
language of the conference is Italian, but abstracts and presentations in
English are also welcome.
•	Abstract submission: October 10, 2012
•	Notification of acceptance: November 30, 2012
•	Early-bird registration: December 20, 2012
•	Conference days: January 21-23, 2013
•	Submission of full paper: May 15, 2013
For registration and further information, please check the website:

Organizing Committees
General Organization and Program
Rodolfo Delmonte, Ca’ Foscari
Giuliana Giusti, Ca’ Foscari
Chiara Branchini, Ca’ Foscari
Marcello Pelillo, Ca’ Foscari
Massimiliano Bampi, Ca’ Foscari
Piero Cosi, ICST
Giuseppe Riccardi, Univ. Trento
Marcello Federico, FBK
Emanuele Pianta, FBK
Sara Tonelli, FBK

Local Organization
Michele Brunelli,
Antonella Bristot,
Rocco Tripodi,
Univ. Ca’ Foscari

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