LINGUIST List 13.285

Mon Feb 4 2002

Calls: Computational Ling,Multimodal Dialogue Systems

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  1. Jan van Kuppevelt, International CLASS Workshop: CFP
  2. Brigitte Krenn, cfp: Computational Approaches to Collocations

Message 1: International CLASS Workshop: CFP

Date: Sun, 3 Feb 2002 22:19:41 +0100 (MET)
From: Jan van Kuppevelt <kuppevelIMS.Uni-Stuttgart.DE>
Subject: International CLASS Workshop: CFP

 1st Announcement

 *** International CLASS Workshop ***


 Natural, Intelligent and Effective Interaction in
 Multimodal Dialogue Systems

 Copenhagen, Denmark
 28-29 June 2002

 Detailed and more up to date information
 may be found at the workshop webpage:

Invited Speakers/Contributors (not yet all confirmed):

James Allen (University of Rochester), Justine Cassell (MIT Media Lab),
Phil Cohen (Oregon Graduate Institute), Bjoern Granstroem (KTH,
Stockholm), Dominic Massaro (UCSC), Roger Moore (20/20 Speech Ltd., UK),
Candy Sidner (MERL, Cambridge, MA), Oliviero Stock (ITC-IRST), Wolfgang
Wahlster (DFKI), Yorick Wilks (University of Sheffield)


Following up on the CLASS workshop in Verona (Italy, 14-15 December 2001),
this workshop will concentrate on innovative and challenging approaches on
natural, intelligent and effective interaction in multimodal dialogue
systems. The aim of the workshop is to bring together theoretically and
practically oriented researchers from both academia and industry with the
purpose of having a thorough, fruitful and representative discussion of
the topic area in an international setting.


The workshop is sponsored by the European CLASS project
( which was initiated on the request of the
European Commission with the purpose of supporting and stimulating
collaboration within and among Human Language Technology (HLT) projects,
as well as between HLT projects and relevant projects outside Europe.
Currently, CLASS comprises 42 projects and 220 registered members.


We welcome papers describing theoretical or practical research on
multimodal dialogue systems. The focus of the workshop is on natural,
intelligent and effective multimodal interaction. Topics of interest

* Multimodal Signal Processing
 Models for multimodal signal recognition and synthesis,
 including combinations of speech (emotional speech and
 meaningful intonation for speech), text, graphics, music,
 gesture, face and facial expression, and (embodied)
 animated or anthropomorphic conversational agents.

* Multimodal Communication Management
 Dialogue management models for mixed initiative
 conversational and user-adaptive natural and multimodal
 interaction, including models for collaboration and multi-
 party conversation.

* Multimodal Miscommunication Management
 Multimodal strategies for handling or preventing
 miscommunication, in particular multimodal repair and
 correction strategies, clarification strategies for
 ambiguous or conflicting multimodal information, and
 multimodal grounding and feedback strategies.

* Multimodal Interpretation and Response Planning
 Interpretation and response planning on the basis of
 multimodal dialogue context, including (context-semantic)
 models for the common representation of multimodal
 content, as well as innovative concepts/technologies on
 the relation between multimodal interpretation and

* Reasoning in Intelligent Multimodal Dialogue Systems
 Non-monotonic reasoning techniques required for
 intelligent interaction in various types of multimodal
 dialogue systems, including techniques needed for
 multimodal input interpretation, for reasoning about the
 user(s), and for the coordination and integration of
 multimodal input and output.

* Choice and Coordination of Media and Modalities
 Diagnostic tools and technologies for choosing the
 appropriate media and input and output modalities for the
 application and task under consideration, as well as
 theories and technologies for natural and effective
 multimodal response presentation.

* Multimodal Corpora, Tools and Schemes
 Training corpora, testsuites and benchmarks for multimodal
 dialogue systems, including corpus tools and schemes
 for multilevel and multimodal coding and annotation.

* Architectures for Multimodal Dialogue Systems
 New architectures for multimodal interpretation and
 response planning, including issues of reusability and
 portability, as well as architectures for the next
 generation of multi-party conversational interfaces to
 distributed information.

* Evaluation of Multimodal Dialogue Systems
 Current practice and problematic issues in the
 standardization of subjective and objective multimodal
 evaluation metrics, including evaluation models allowing
 for adequate task fulfilment measurements, comparative
 judgements across different domain tasks, as well as
 models showing how evaluation translates into targeted,
 component-wise improvements of systems and aspects.


Although the workshop has an open character implying that plenty of room
is available for the presentation of papers from researchers from all over
the world, the workshop will contain invited contributions from a group of
10 specially qualified researchers with a balanced composition of
workshop-relevant expertise. Part of the group is selected from the broad
CLASS community; part of them are internationally leading researchers from
outside CLASS. Invited contributors will also participate in the panel
session organized by the co-chairs of the workshop program committee.


In addition to papers for full plenary presentation, we encourage the
submission of short papers in combination with a very short presentation
in the plenary session followed by a poster presentation. Full papers must
be no longer than 10 pages, including references, examples, algorithms,
graphical representations, etc. Short papers should be 4 pages maximally.

Full and short papers should be sent electronically to the e-mail address and must be received no later than
31 March 2002.

Stylefiles are available at the workshop webpage:
Papers should be submitted in pdf or postscript format.

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

- Title
- Authors' names, affiliations, and email addresses
- Abstract (up to 15 lines)
- List of relevant keywords


Submission of full and short papers: 31 March 2002
Notification of acceptance: 30 April 2002
Final submissions: 31 May 2002
Workshop: 28-29 June 2002


Full papers and short papers will be published in the workshop

In addition to the group of invited contributors, authors of a selected
number of papers accepted for the workshop proceedings will be asked to
send in an extended and updated version of their paper for publication in
a book to be published by an international leading publisher (details will
be given in the next Call for Papers). In order to guarantee full
coherence of the book, we might invite some workshop-external researchers
to contribute a chapter to the book as well.


In addition to the presentation of full and short papers in the plenary
session, we will organize the following panel discussion on the main theme
of the workshop:

 Natural Multimodal Interaction: Current Practice and
 Future Research

Members of this panel session will be invited contributors. Panellists
will be asked to send in a short position abstract before the workshop.
After the workshop, a written summary of this panel session will be
available at the CLASS sub-website on Natural and Multimodal Interactivity
( We intend to make available a video or
audio recording as well.

Further, we strongly encourage proposals for a second panel session
related to the main topic of the workshop or some special subtopic. The
deadline for panel session proposals is 30 April 2002. Proposals can also
be sent to the workshop e-mail address
( and should contain the following

- title of the proposed panel session
- a brief description of the suggested topic of the panel
 session, including an explanation of why this topic is
 relevant for the field
- a list of suggested panellists

Questions on panel session proposals may be directed to
the chairs of the workshop program committee at



Niels Ole Bernsen (NISLab, Odense University)
Jan van Kuppevelt (University of Stuttgart)

Reviewers (not yet all confirmed)

* James Allen (University of Rochester)
* Elisabeth Andre (University of Augsburg)
* Louis Boves (Nijmegen University)
* Justine Cassell (MIT Media Lab)
* Phil Cohen (Oregon Graduate Institute)
* John Dowding (RIACS)
* Laila Dybkjaer (NISLab, Odense University)
* Bjoern Granstroem (KTH, Stockholm)
* Dominic Massaro (UCSC)
* Roger Moore (20/20 Speech Ltd., UK)
* Catherine Pelachaud (University of Rome "La Sapienza")
* Thomas Rist (DFKI)
* Alex Rudnicky (Carnegie Mellon University)
* Candy Sidner (MERL, Cambridge, MA)
* Mark Steedman (University of Edinburgh)
* William Swartout (ICT, USC)
* Oliviero Stock (ITC-IRST)
* Wolfgang Wahlster (DFKI)
* Alex Waibel (Carnegie Mellon University)
* Yorick Wilks (University of Sheffield)


Niels Ole Bernsen, Laila Dybkjaer, Jan van Kuppevelt.


Questions about submission
and review process: Jan van Kuppevelt

Questions about local issues: Laila Dybkjaer

Miscellaneous: Niels Ole Bernsen

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Message 2: cfp: Computational Approaches to Collocations

Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2002 18:41:37 +0100
From: Brigitte Krenn <>
Subject: cfp: Computational Approaches to Collocations

** 2nd Call for Papers**

			International Workshop on 
		"Computational Approaches to Collocations"

			 22., 23. July 2002
			 Vienna, Austria

 Brigitte Krenn (�FAI, Vienna)
Organising Committee:
 Brigitte Krenn (�FAI, Vienna),
 Geoffrey Willians (Universit� de Bretagne Sud, France),
 Ulrich Heid (IMS Stuttgart, Germany)

Workshop description:

"Computational Approaches to Collocations" will be a two day workshop
with paper presentations and special topic sessions. The scope of the
workshop will cover computational models and strategies for
collocation identification and their use in computational linguistic
applications. For more information see

The workshop is intended to complement the EURALEX Workshop on
"Lexicographic applications of computational approaches to
collocations: Restricted collocations in dictionaries" chaired by
Geoffrey Williams and Ulrich Heid (see

Papers are invited on all computational aspects of identifying and
processing lexical collocations, including, but not limited to:
statistics-based and hybrid methods on collocation identification, the
development and testing of association measures, the discussion of
significance versus relevance of identification results, the
application of collocations in information extraction, in machine
translation, in the development of lexical resources, in the
evaluation of smoothing methods, etc. 

Format of submissions:
 (*) Maximum length is 8 pages including figures and references.
 (*) Use 12pt, two column style, set margins so that the text lies 
 within a rectangle of approx. 16.5 x 23cm (6.5 x 9 inches).
 (*) Electronic submissions are strongly preferred.
 (*) Electronic format: documents should be sent in PDF format 
 (*) Hardcopy submission (if electronic submission is not possible):
 send four (4) copies to the contact addresse indicated below.
 (*) Submissions should be send to

Important Dates:

 (*) 25th February, 2002: Deadline for submitted papers. 
 (*) 8th April, 2002: Notification of acceptance.
 (*) 6th May, 2002: Camera ready copy.
 (*) 22nd, 23rd July, 2002: Workshop.

Brigitte Krenn
Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (�FAI)
Schottengasse 3
1010 Vienna, Austria

Programme Committee:
Beatrice Daille (France)
Gregor Erbach (Germany)
Stefan Evert (Germany)
Thierry Fontenelle (USA)
Patrick Hanks (UK)
Ulrich Heid (Germany)
Adam Kilgarriff (UK)
Brigitte Krenn (Austria)
Anke L�deling (Germany)
Christopher Manning (USA)
Ted Pedersen (USA)
Patrick Schone (USA)
Dan Tufis (Romania)
Eric Wehrli (Suisse)
Geoffrey Willians (France)

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