LINGUIST List 13.839

Tue Mar 26 2002

Calls: Multimodal Dialogue, Data Mining

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  1. Jan van Kuppevelt, CLASS Workshop on Multimodal Dialogue Systems: 3rd CFP
  2. icdm02, Call for Tutorials (IEEE Data Mining 2002)

Message 1: CLASS Workshop on Multimodal Dialogue Systems: 3rd CFP

Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2002 18:37:25 +0100 (MET)
From: Jan van Kuppevelt <kuppevelIMS.Uni-Stuttgart.DE>
Subject: CLASS Workshop on Multimodal Dialogue Systems: 3rd CFP

	 		 3rd 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:

Tim Bickmore and Justine Cassell (MIT Media Lab), Phil Cohen (Oregon
Graduate Institute), Ronald Cole (University of Colorado at Boulder),
Bjoern Granstroem (KTH, Stockholm), Dominic Massaro (UCSC), 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


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 that will be published by Kluwer Academic
Publishers (TLTB book series). 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 information:

- 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 (nearly all confirmed)

* Elisabeth Andre (University of Augsburg)
* Tim Bickmore (MIT Media Lab)
* Louis Boves (Nijmegen University)
* Justine Cassell (MIT Media Lab)
* Phil Cohen (Oregon Graduate Institute)
* Ronald Cole (University of Colorado at Boulder)
* John Dowding (RIACS)
* Laila Dybkjaer (NISLab, Odense University)
* Bjoern Granstroem (KTH, Stockholm),
* Jean-Claude Martin (LIMSI-CNRS)
* Dominic Massaro (UCSC)
* 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: Call for Tutorials (IEEE Data Mining 2002)

Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2002 03:47:05 +0900
From: icdm02 <>
Subject: Call for Tutorials (IEEE Data Mining 2002)

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 ICDM '02: The 2002 IEEE International Conference on Data Mining
 Sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society
- --------------------------------------------------------------------
 Maebashi TERRSA, Maebashi City, Japan
 December, 9 - 12, 2002 
 Home Page:
 Mirror Page:

 IEEE ICDM 2002: Call for Tutorials

The 2002 IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM '02) will
include tutorials providing in-depth background on specific subjects
in data mining. The recency of the data mining field, and the variety
of disciplines that are represented, lead to many possibilities for
good tutorials:

 * End-to-end descriptions of the practical application of data
 mining technology (i.e., applications that may be "typical" for a
 paper, but provide an example of issues faced in a data mining
 project that would generalize to problems faced by the conference
 attendees) in emerging data mining application areas such as
 bioinformatics, medical applications, electronic commerce, Web
 Intelligence and Business Intelligence.
 * Surveys of new and developing research areas in data
 mining (e.g., areas of structured, textual, temporal, spatial,
 multimedia, Web, distributed, scientific data mining, data pre-
 processing, data reduction, data sampling, feature selection,
 feature transformation, man-machine interaction in data mining
 and visual data mining).
 * Short courses on areas of machine learning, databases, or
 statistics that may be "old hat" to specialists in that
 discipline, but are new to a majority of the conference
 attendees. (e.g., an introduction to Hidden Markov Models).
 * An in-depth coverage of a past research breakthrough that is now
 becoming a mature technology.

The topics of interest fall within those described in the conference
Call for Papers (Home Page:
 Mirror Page:

Submission Details

The tutorial proposal should include the following:

 1. Title and abstract of the tutorial;
 2. Intended audience. Include prerequisite knowledge required of the
 attendees, and the expected areas of interest (e.g., a tutorial 
 on statistics for people applying data mining tools vs. a tutorial 
 on statistics for people building data mining tools);
 3. Length of time needed (e.g., half day or full day); and
 4. Short biographies of the presenters.

Tutorial materials such as handouts and slides should be included if
available, but are not required for submission. However, providing
such materials will show depth and maturity of the tutorial, and will
be a strong factor in the selection process.

Please send a soft copy (preferred) of your proposal to, or a hard copy to:

 Prof. Takashi Washio (Tutorials Chair)
 I.S.I.R., Osaka University
 8-1, Mihogaoka, Ibaraki City,
 Osaka, 567-0047,

Important Dates

 June 30, 2002: Tutorial submissions.
 July 31, 2002: Acceptance notices.
 August 31, 2002: Camera-ready copy of tutorial handouts.
 December 9, 2002: ICDM '02 tutorials.

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