LINGUIST List 12.1272

Tue May 8 2001

Calls: Cybernetics/AI, Discourse/Dialogue

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  1. Sylvia Fischer, Cybernetics and Systems Research (EMCSR 2002)
  2. Jan van Kuppevelt, SIGdial Workshop on Discourse and Dialogue: EXTENSION OF DEADLINE

Message 1: Cybernetics and Systems Research (EMCSR 2002)

Date: Tue, 8 May 2001 16:46:14 +0200 (MET DST)
From: Sylvia Fischer <>
Subject: Cybernetics and Systems Research (EMCSR 2002)

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 April 2 - 5, 2002


 organized by the Austrian Society for Cybernetic Studies
 in cooperation with
 Dept.of Medical Cybernetics and Artificial Intelligence, Univ.of Vienna
 International Federation for Systems Research

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An electronic version of this CfP (and further information whenever it
becomes available) can be found at

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The international support of the European Meetings on Cybernetics and
Systems Research held in Austria in 1972, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1982,
1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998 and 2000 (when 500 scientists
from more than 40 countries from all continents, except the
Antarctica, met to present, hear and discuss 134 papers) encouraged the Council
of the Austrian Society for Cybernetic Studies (VSGK) to organize a similar
meeting in 2002 to keep pace with continued rapid developments in related


A Systems Science 
 G.J.Klir, USA, and P.Vysoky, Czech Republic 
B Mathematical Methods in Cybernetics and Systems Theory 
 Y.Rav, France 
C System, the Quantum, and Complexity 
 M.Carvallo, Netherlands 
D Systemic Aspects of Component-Based System Development 
 G.Chroust, Austria, and F.Stallinger, Austria 
E Foundations of Information Science (FIS) 
 G.Ossimitz, Austria, and B.A.Banathy, USA 
F Designing and Systems 
 W.Gasparski, Poland 
G Biocybernetics and Mathematical Biology 
 L.M.Ricciardi, Italy 
H Systems Science in Medicine 
 F.Tretter, Germany, and G.Porenta, Austria 
I Simulation of Social Behaviour and Artificial Economy 
 K.Hornik, Austria, and A.Taudes, Austria 
J Cultural Systems 
 P.Ballonoff, USA, I.Ezhkova, Belgium, M.Fischer, UK, P.Jorion,
 France, and D.Read, USA 
K Management and Organizational Change 
 S.A.Umpleby, USA 
L Soft Computing and Knowledge-Based Systems 
 C.Carlsson, Finland, and K.-P.Adla_nig, Austria 
M Artificial Neural Networks and Adaptive Systems 
 S.Kollias, Greece, and G.Dorffner, Austria 
N AT2AI-3: From Agent Theory to Agent Implementation 
 J.P.M|ller, Germany, and P.Petta, Austria 
O ACE 2002: Agent Construction and Emotions 
 C.Pinto-Ferreira, Portugal, R.Ventura, Portugal, and P.Petta,
P Bayesian Techniques for Mining Data and Texts, and the Discovery of
 Surprising Knowledge 
 Y.Kodratoff, France 
Q Theory and Applications of Artificial Intelligence 
 V.Marik, Czech Republic, and E.Buchberger, Austria 
R Communication and Computers 
 A M.Tjoa, Austria 
S History of Cybernetics and Information Technology 
 F.Pichler, Austria 

Submission Guidelines

Acceptance of contributions will be determined on the basis of Draft
Final Papers. Each paper must explain clearly 

 - what problem it is trying to address, 
 - what has been tried before and why it isn't good enough, 
 - some proof that your method is sound (or reference to it), 
 - how it will help others/apply to other problems, 
 - some results/proof it works. 

Draft Final Papers must not exceed 10 single-spaced A4 pages (maximum
43 lines, max. line length 160 mm, 12 point), in English. They have to
contain the final text to be submitted, including graphs and pictures.
However, these need not be of reproducible quality. 

They must carry the title, author(s) name(s), and affiliation (incl.
e-mail address, if possible) in this order, and must include an

Please specify the symposium in which you would like to present your
paper. Each scientist shall submit only one paper. Please send four
hard copies of the Draft Final Paper to the Conference Secretariat (not to 
symposia chairpersons!) Electronic or fax submissions cannot be

Deadline for submission

 October 19, 2001

Submissions received after the deadline cannot be considered. 

Notification of Acceptance/Rejection

Authors will be notified about acceptance or rejection no later than
December 7, 2001. Successful authors will be provided by the
conference secretariat at the same time with the instructions for the
preparation of the final paper, which will also be available via ftp and
World-Wide Web. 

Final Papers

The final paper will be limited to a maximum of 6 pages (10-point,
double column). Camera-ready copies of the final paper will
be due at the conference secretariat by January 18, 2002. Acceptance
of the final paper will be based on compliance with the reviewers'


It is understood that each accepted paper is presented personally at
the Meeting by one of its authors. 

Conference Fee

 ATS 2900 (Euro 210.75) if received before January 31, 2002 
 Euro 255 if received later 
 Euro 305 if paid at the conference desk. 

The Conference Fee includes participation in the Sixteenth European
Meeting, attendance at official receptions, coffee during breaks, and 
the volumes of the proceedings available at the Meeting. Please send
or transfer the amount free of charges for beneficiary to the 
account no. 0026-34400/00 of the Austrian Society for Cybernetic
Studies at Creditanstalt-Bankverein Vienna (bank routing number: 11000, SWIFT
code: CABVATWW). Please state your name clearly. 

Hotel Accommodation

will be handled by 

Friedrichstra_e 7
A-1010 Vienna
phone +43-1-58800-514
fax +43-1-58800-520. 
Reservation forms will be sent to all those registering for the


The International Federation for Systems Research is willing to
provide a limited number of scholarships covering the registration fee for the
conference for colleagues from weak currency countries. Applications should
be sent to the Conference Secretariat before October 20, 2001. 


The conference organizers can accept no liability for personal
injuries, or for loss or damage to property belonging to conference
participants, either during or as a result of the conference. 
Please check the validity of your personal insurance. 

Chairman of the Meeting

Robert Trappl, President
Austrian Society for Cybernetic Studies 


S. Fischer and I. Ghobrial-Willmann
Austrian Society for Cybernetic Studies
A-1010 Vienna 1, Schottengasse 3 (Austria)
Phone: +43-1-5336112-60
Fax: +43-1-4277-9631

Programme Committee

 K.-P. Adla_nig (Austria) V. Marik (Czech Republic)
 P. Ballonoff (USA) J.P. M|ller (Germany)
 B. A.Banathy (USA) G. Ossimitz (Austria)
 E. Buchberger (Austria) P. Petta (Austria)
 C. Carlsson (Finland) F. Pichler (Austria)
 M. Carvallo (Netherlands) C. Pinto-Ferreira (Portugal)
 G. Chroust (Austria) G. Porenta (Austria)
 G. Dorffner (Austria) Y. Rav (France)
 I. Ezhkova (Belgium) D. Read (USA)
 M. Fischer (UK) L. M. Ricciardi (Italy)
 W. Gasparski (Poland) N. Rozsenich (Austria)
 G. Grvssing (Austria) F. Stallinger (Austria)
 W. Horn (Austria) A. Taudes (Austria)
 K. Hornik (Austria) A M. Tjoa (Austria)
 P. Jorion (France) R. Trappl (Austria)
 G. J. Klir (USA) F. Tretter (Germany)
 S. Kollias (Greece) H. Trost (Austria)
 Y. Kodratoff (France) S. A. Umpleby (USA)
 O. Ladanyi (Austria) R. Ventura (Portugal)
 P. Vysoky (Czech Republic)

Organizing Committee

 E. Buchberger W. Horn
 G. Chroust J. Matiasek
 S. Fischer P. Petta
 I. Ghobrial-Willmann R. Trappl
 C. Holzbaur H. Trost


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Message 2: SIGdial Workshop on Discourse and Dialogue: EXTENSION OF DEADLINE

Date: Tue, 8 May 2001 18:43:12 +0200 (MET DST)
From: Jan van Kuppevelt <>
Subject: SIGdial Workshop on Discourse and Dialogue: EXTENSION OF DEADLINE

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In order to get a better distribution of short and long
papers over the three themes of the workshop, we especially invite
submissions on theme 3, the semantics and pragmatics of discourse and
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 2nd ACL SIGdial Workshop on Discourse and Dialogue
 Aalborg, Denmark, September 1-2
 (Just before Eurospeech 2001-Scandinavia)

 More up to date information on submission schedule,
 formats, registration and program committee may be
 found at the workshop website


Following up on the successful 1st Workshop in Hong Kong in October 2000,
this will be the next in a series of workshops spanning the ACL SIGdial
interest area of discourse and dialogue. While there has been a lot of
activity in this area, and fairly frequent "specialty" workshops on
various sub-topics, until this series there has not been a regular place
for such research to be presented in a forum to receive attention from the
larger SIGdial community and researchers outside this community.

INVITED SPEAKERS: to be announced.*


We welcome formal, corpus-based, implementational and analytical work on
discourse and dialogue, with a focus on the following three themes:

(i) Dialogue Systems
 Spoken, multi-modal, and text/web based dialogue systems
 including topics such as:
 * dialogue management models
 (specific subproblems or general modeling, in particular
 models for mixed initiative and user-adaptive dialogue);
 * speech, text, and graphics integration (for
 understanding or generation);
 * context-based interpretation and/or response planning,in
 particular how this contributes to natural interaction;
 * strategies for handling or preventing miscommuncation
 (repair and correction types, clarification and
 underspecificity, grounding and feedback strategies);
 * utilizing prosodic information for various types of
 * task-driven versus conversational dialogue;
 * evaluation of dialogue systems including task complexity

(ii) Corpora and Corpus Tools
 Corpus-based work on discourse and spoken, text-based
 and multi-modal dialogue including its support, in
 * issues and problems in discourse and dialogue
 * techniques (including machine learning), tools, coding
 schemes and data resources for discourse and dialogue
 * XML-based tools for dialogue access to internet

(iii) Pragmatic and/or Semantic Modeling
 The pragmatics and/or semantics of discourse and
 dialogue (i.e., beyond a single sentence) including
 the following issues:
 * the semantics/pragmatics of dialogue acts (including
 those which are less studied in the semantics/pragmatics
 * incremental (plan-based,topic-based, etc.) models of
 discourse/dialogue structure integrating referential and
 relational structure;
 * modeling genre-specific aspects of discourse and
 dialogue structure, including the specific structural
 aspects of (interactive) digital media;
 * prosody in discourse and dialogue;
 * modeling politeness and non-recursive parts of discourse
 and dialogue;
 * models of presupposition and accommodation;
 * operational models of conversational implicature.


The program committee welcomes the submission of papers for full plenary
presentation. The papers must be no longer than 10 pages, including title
page, examples, references, etc. In addition to this, two additional pages
are allowed as an appendix which may include extended example discourses
or dialogues, algorithms, graphical representations, etc.

Besides papers for full plenary presentation, we encourage the submission
of short 4-page papers (inclusive title page, examples, references, etc.)
to be combined with a short presentation in the plenary session and a
poster presentation.

Full papers and short papers should be sent electronically to the e-mail
address and must be received no later
than May 21 (extended deadline).

The format to use for papers and abstracts is the same (ACL final paper
format). Stylefiles are available at the workshop webpage: Papers must be submitted in pdf
(preferred) or postscript format.

The title page (no separate title page is needed) should include the
following information:

 - Title;
 - Authors' names, affiliations, and email addresses;
 - Abstract (short summary up to 15 lines).


Submission of full papers and short papers May 21
Notification June 27
Final submissions August 1
Workshop September 1-2


Like full papers, short papers will be published in the workshop
proceedings. Authors of a selected number of full papers accepted for the
workshop proceedings will be asked to send in a version of their paper for
the publication in a book on current directions and developments in
discourse and dialogue, to be published by Kluwer Academic Publishers.


In addition to regular paper and abstract submisions, the program
committee of the 2nd ACL SIGdial Workshop on Discourse and Dialogue
organizes the following two panel sessions for which they invite
proposals. Deadline for submissions is June 4, 2001.

Panel Session I

Spoken Dialogue Systems: Theory that is Ready for Practice

For this panel session, we invite submissions that focus on ideas whose
theory, being of syntactic, semantic, pragmatic, corpus-linguistic,
statistic and/or prosodic nature, has been studied in great detail and
that is ready or at least has a clear potential to be included in the next
advance of spoken dialogue systems. Submission format should follow the
same guidelines as plenary papers and should contain the following

- - a synopsis of the idea with appropriate references;
- - a description of problem domains where an implemented system could
 make good use of the idea;
- - a description of how the idea's utility could be evaluated;
- - (optional) a description of necessary technologies.

Questions may be directed to Ronnie Smith/Jan van Kuppevelt

Panel Session II

Discourse Structure and Conversational Implicatures

For this panel session, we invite submissions on operational models of
conversational implicatures which focus on their discourse-structural
status. Possible topics of interest for this panel discussion are: the
nature of conversational implicatures and their relation to
presuppositional inferences, discourse-structural (rhetorical,
referential, etc.) constraints on the generation and interpretation of
conversational implicatures, question-focus and (particularized vs.
generalized) conversational implicatures, conversational implicatures and
prosody, conversational implicatures and (underspecified vs. optimal)
linguistic form, e.g. the form of referring expressions, and
conversational implicatures in the context of dynamic, topic- or
goal-related discourse processing. Submission format should follow the
same guidelines as plenary papers and should contain the following

- - a synopsis of the operational model with appropriate
- - a description of main topics for the panel discussion;
- - a set of topic-related position statements.

Questions may be directed to Jan van Kuppevelt/Ronnie Smith


The workshop will host exhibitions of books and journals related to the
themes of the workshop. Details will be announced later at the workshop
website. Interested parties should contact the local workshop organization
for registration (see below).


Co-Chairs: Jan van Kuppevelt (University of Stuttgart) and Ronnie Smith
(East Carolina University)

Besides SIGdial organization members (Jennifer Chu-Carroll, IBM TJ Watson
Research Center; Morena Danieli, Loquendo; Laila Dybkjaer, University of
Odense; Diana Litman, AT&T Labs Research; Akira Shimazu, JAIST; Michael
Strube, European Media Laboratory; David Traum, University of Southern
California) the program committee consists of the following external

James Allen (Univ. of Rochester) Masahito Kawamori (NTT
Alan Biermann (Duke University) Communication Science Labs)
Steven Bird (Univ. of Pennsylvania) Christine Nakatani (Nuance Comm.)
Sandra Carberry (Univ. of Delaware) Massimo Poesio (Univ. of Edinburgh)
Rolf Carlson (KTH, Stockholm) Alex Rudnicky (Carnegie Mellon
Phil Cohen (Oregon Graduate Inst.) University)
Robin Cooper (Gothenburg Univ.)** David Sadek (France Telecom R&D)
John Dowding (RIACS) Candy Sidner (MERL, Cambridge, MA)
James Glass (MIT)** Mark Steedman (Univ. of Edinburgh)
Carlos Gussenhoven (Nijmegen Univ.) Martin Stokhof (Univ. of Amsterdam)
Peter Heeman (Oregon Graduate Inst.) Oliviero Stock (IRST)
Julia Hirschberg (AT&T Labs Research) Nigel Ward (Univ. of Tokyo)
Lynette Hirschman (MITRE) Annie Zaenen (Xerox Research Centre
Hans Kamp (Univ. of Stuttgart) Europe)


Laila Dybkjaer (local chair), David Traum, Julia Hirschberg, Ronnie Smith,
Jan van Kuppevelt.


Questions about submission: Ronnie Smith/Jan van Kuppevelt
Questions about local issues: Laila Dybkjaer <>
Miscellaneous: David Traum <>

* Financially supported by ELSNET
** Not yet confirmed

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