LINGUIST List 11.378

Tue Feb 22 2000

Calls: Dialogue, Software Support/Large Corpora

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  1. Laila Dybkjaer, From Spoken Dialogue to Full Natural Interactive Dialogue / LREC 2000 - extended deadline
  2. Nancy M. Ide, Data Architectures and Software Support for Large Corpora/LREC WORKSHOP

Message 1: From Spoken Dialogue to Full Natural Interactive Dialogue / LREC 2000 - extended deadline

Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2000 15:43:59 +0100
From: Laila Dybkjaer <>
Subject: From Spoken Dialogue to Full Natural Interactive Dialogue / LREC 2000 - extended deadline

 LREC 2000 workshop:

29 May 2000 - immediately before LREC 2000, Athens, Greece


Spoken dialogue systems have been in the marketplace since around 1990.
Whereas the first systems only had single word recognition there has been a
steady development towards increasingly natural spoken dialogue. The most
advanced current systems still work within a limited task domain but some
are capable of understanding and replying to fairly long user utterances,
coping with various kinds of initiative, and taking a variety of contextual
issues into account.

Naturalness, as perceived by the user, is closely connected to properties
such as allowed user utterance length, grammar, vocabulary, style and
initiative. Depending on task and situation, perceived naturalness is also
connected to how the user can interact with the system. In human-human
communication we normally do not restrict ourselves to using speech-only
but also include gesture, facial expression, and bodily posture and we
often draw on other information sources such as diagrams, maps and

Natural interactive dialogue and conversational systems are moving
centre-stage because of increasing interest in adding other modalities to
achieve a larger potential than speech alone can offer. Several recent
conversational prototype systems include one or several natural interaction
modalities in addition to speech. However, there are many open questions
and unsolved or insufficiently explored problems related to extending
spoken dialogue management and dialogue interfaces to enable increased
natural interactivity.

The workshop aims to bring together researchers and developers in the area
of natural interactive dialogue. The goal of the workshop is to highlight
and evaluate empirically based theories and methods for natural multimodal
conversational dialogue management and dialogue interfaces, and their
evaluation. Focus will be on key issues such as dialogue initiative,
reference, communicative acts, feedback, and cooperativity.


Topics of interest should fall within theory, empirical analysis, and
evaluation of key issues in the transition from spoken dialogue to full
natural interactive dialogue. Topics include but are not limited to:

- Cooperative natural interactive dialogue interfaces and usability
- Experience from natural interactive systems development and evaluation
- Integration of natural interactivity modalities
- Empirically based theories in support of natural interactive dialogue
 management and interfaces
- Communicative acts (beyond speech acts)
- Reference in a multimodal context
- Dialogue initiative
- Task management
- Feedback
- Methods for evaluation of natural interactive dialogue management and
 dialogue interfaces


Extended abstracts should be around 4 pages in length. Final papers should
not exceed six pages. Extended abstracts must be submitted electronically
to and must be in postscript or rtf format. Please write
"LREC2000 workshop paper submission" in the subject line.
Final paper style format is available at


Deadline for submission of extended abstracts: 10 March 2000
Notification of acceptance/rejection: 27 March 2000
Deadline for submission of accepted papers: 10 April 2000
Workshop: 29 May 2000


Laila Dybkj�r, Natural Interactive Systems Laboratory, Odense, Denmark (chair)
Niels Ole Bernsen, Natural Interactive Systems Laboratory, Odense, Denmark
Justine Cassell, MIT Media Lab, USA
Ronald Cole, Center for Spoken Language Understanding, University of
Colorado at Boulder, USA
Bj�rn Granstr�m, Dept. of Speech, Music and Hearing, KTH, Sweden
Joseph Mariani, LIMSI-CNRS, France
Dominic W. Massaro, Dept. of Psychology, University of California, USA
David McNeill, Dept. of Psychology, University of Chicago, USA
Sharon Oviatt, Center for Human-Computer Communication, Oregon Graduate
Institute of Science & Technology, USA
Oliviero Stock, IRST, Italy
Jan van Kuppevelt, IMS, Universit�t Stuttgart, Germany

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Dr. Laila Dybkj�r
The Natural Interactive Systems Laboratory
University of Southern Denmark
Main Campus: Odense University
Science Park 10
5230 Odense M

Tel.: ( +45) 65 50 35 53
Fax: (+45) 63 15 72 24

Secretary Merete Bertelsen
Tel. ( +45) 65 50 35 51
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Message 2: Data Architectures and Software Support for Large Corpora/LREC WORKSHOP

Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2000 12:27:26 -0500
From: Nancy M. Ide <>
Subject: Data Architectures and Software Support for Large Corpora/LREC WORKSHOP




 May 30, 2000 



 Several software systems for linguistic annotation, search,
 and retrieval of large corpora have been developed within the
 natural language processing community over the past several
 years, including LT-XML (Edinburgh), GATE (Sheffield), IMS
 Corpus Workbench (Stuttgart), Alembic Workbench (Mitre), MATE
 (Edinburgh/Odense/Stuttgart), Silfide (Loria/CNRS), SARA
 (BNC), and several others. Related to and in support of this
 development, there have also been efforts to develop standards
 for encoding and various kinds of linguistic annotation, as
 well as data architectures (e.g., TIPSTER, TalkBank)
 etc. Still other developments, such as the introduction of XML
 and the powerful XSL transformation language and work on
 semi-structured data (e.g., the work of the Lore group at
 Stanford), have also impacted the ways in which corpora and
 other linguistic resources can be represented, stored, and

 Approaches to the fundamental design of the formats, data, and
 tools are varied among current systems for the annotation and
 exploitation of linguistic corpora. A primary reason for this
 diversity is that most developers are concerned with only one
 aspect of the creation/annotation/exploitation
 process. However, in order to work effectively toward
 commonality, the phases of the process must be considered as a
 whole. This demands bringing together researchers and
 developers from a variety of domains in text, speech, video,
 etc., many of whom have previously had little or no contact.

 This workshop is intended to bring these groups together to
 look broadly at the technical issues that bear on the
 development of software systems for the annotation and
 exploitation of linguistic resources. The goal is to lay the
 groundwork for the definition of a data and system
 architecture to support corpus annotation and exploitation
 that can be widely adopted within the community. Among the
 issues to be addressed are:

 o layered data architectures 
 o system architectures for distributed databases 
 o support for plurality of annotation schemes 
 o impact and use of XML/XSL 
 o support for multimedia, including speech and video 
 o tools for creation, annotation, query and access of corpora 
 o mechanisms for linkage of annotation and primary data 
 o applicability of semi-structured data models, search and query 
 systems, etc. 
 o evaluation/validation of systems and annotations

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Papers should be submitted in electronic form (preferably postscript,
but plain ascii, MS Word RTF, or HTML are acceptable) to by March 7, 2000. Please include the subject line: LREC WORKSHOP
SUBMISSION : <authors' last names> -- for example, "LREC WORKSHOP


 Nancy Ide (contact) 
 Department of Computer Science 
 Vassar College 
 Poughkeepsie, New York 12604-0520 USA 
 Tel : +1 914 437 5988 
 Fax : +1 914 437 7498 

 Henry S. Thompson 
 Human Communication Research Centre 
 2 Buccleuch Place 
 Edinburgh EH8 9LW 
 Tel : +44 (131) 650 4440 
 Fax : +44 (131) 650 4587 

Program Committee 

 Steven Bird, Linguistic Data Consortium 
 Patrice Bonhomme, LORIA/CNRS 
 Roy Byrd, IBM Corporation 
 Jean Carletta, HCRC Edinburgh 
 Ulrich Heid, IMS Stuttgart 
 Hamish Cunningham, Sheffield 
 David Day, Mitre Corporation 
 Robert Gaizauskas, Sheffield 
 Ralph Grishman, New York University 
 Nancy Ide, Vassar College (Chair) 
 Masato Ishizaki, JAIST 
 Dan Jurafsky, University of Colorado at Boulder 
 Tony McEnery, Lancaster 
 David McKelvie, HCRC Edinburgh 
 Laurent Romary, LORIA/CNRS 
 Gary Simons, Summer Institute of Linguistics 
 Henry Thompson, HCRC Edinburgh 
 Yorick Wilks, Sheffield 
 Peter Wittenburg, Max Planck Institute 
 Remi Zajac, New Mexico State University 
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