LINGUIST List 13.974

Mon Apr 8 2002

Calls: Multi-Modal Dialogue, Treebanks

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  1.>, Call for Participation - Multi-Modal Dialogue in Mobile Environments (ISCA-ITRW: IDS'02)
  2. Kiril Simov, Reminder: CFP: Treebanks and Linguistic Theories 2002

Message 1: Call for Participation - Multi-Modal Dialogue in Mobile Environments (ISCA-ITRW: IDS'02)

Date: Mon, 8 Apr 2002 09:26:12 +0200
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Subject: Call for Participation - Multi-Modal Dialogue in Mobile Environments (ISCA-ITRW: IDS'02)

 Call for Participation

 ISCA Tutorial and Research Workshop (ITRW)




 June 17 through June 19, 2002


Dear Colleagues,

It is our pleasure to invite you to participate in this ISCA Tutorial
ENVIRONMENTS, which will be held at the Kloster Irsee in southern
Germany from June 17 through June 19, 2002.

The workshop will cover all aspects of spoken, but also multi-modal
interaction in mobile environments and will emphasise design issues
and applications. Moreover, the workshop will focus on research and
results, give information on tools and run prototype demonstrators of
the expected future application.

After the successful ETRW on Interactive Dialogue in Multi-Modal
Systems at Kloster Irsee, Germany in June 1999, it is our belief that
it is now the time to arrange a workshop, where the latest
developments within the area of multi-modal dialogue in mobile
environments will be discussed among researchers and industrialists
active in the area.

The workshop is organised as a collaboration between the University of
Southern Denmark, DaimlerChrysler AG and the University of Augsburg.

We welcome you to the workshop.

Laila Dybkjaer
Natural Interactive Systems Laboratory
University of Southern Denmark
Paul Heisterkamp, Wolfgang Minker
Speech Understanding Systems
DaimlerChrysler AG
Elisabeth Andre
University of Augsburg


The workshop focuses on research issues, applications and tools
concerned with the following interdisciplinary topics which are all
part of general research and development of the main areas of
multi-modal dialogue in mobile environments.

Papers will discuss theories, applications, evaluation, limitations,
general tools and techniques. Discussion papers that critically
evaluate approaches or processing strategies and prototype
demonstrations are especially welcome.

The scope of interest includes but is not limited to:

1.) Speech Recognition for Multi-Modal Dialogue in Mobile Environments
 * robust algorithms for automatic speech recognition and
 * spontaneous, conversational and disfluent speech
 * speech and language modelling
 * microphone and processing devices
 * spoken dialogue processing

2.) Advanced Multi-Modal Systems
 * role of multi-modality in mobile environments
 * dialog centric vs. visual centric approaches
 * transition from monomodal dialogue systems towards
 fully multi-modal systems
 * gesture and gaze tracking/recognition
 * integration of different in- and output-modes (alternative,
 complementary, redundant)
 * adapted use of modalities in the systems response
 * context- and location dependency of modalities
 * multimodality and safety considerations

3.) Design Issues for Mobile Environments
 * dialogue control
 * context handling
 * situation awareness
 * pro-activeness
 * geo-position awareness * spatial reference (input and output)
 * attention raising

4.) User Interface Issues
 * ergonomics and usability of multi-modal applications
 * cognitive aspects of multi-modal human-machine communication
 * user adaptation and profiling
 * role of usability tests
 * role of industry

5.) Applications for Mobile Environments
 * types of applications
 * coordination of multiple applications
 * conflict description and solving
 * industrial applications and commercialized products

6.) Systems Architecture
 * technical integration management
 * integration of local and server-based dialogue
 * distributed/embedded/network architecture
 * use of markup languages to design and develop
 * multi-modal applications
 * standards: voiceXML and HTML
 * reusability of individual system components

7.) Evaluation of Multi-Modal Dialogue Strategies and Systems
 * strategies and paradigms for evaluating multi-modal
 dialogues systems in mobile environments
 * field trials
 * role of corpora


The format of the workshop will be a non-overlapping mixture of oral
and poster sessions. A number of keynote lectures will be given by
internationally recognised experts from the area of multi-modal
dialogue systems.

All poster sessions will be opened by an oral summary by the session
chair. A number of poster sessions will be succeeded by a discussion
session focussing on the subject of the session. It is our belief that
this general format will ensure a lively and valuable workshop.

The organisers would like to encourage researchers and industrialists
to take the opportunity to bring their applications as well as their
demonstrator prototypes and design tools for demonstration to the

The official language of the workshop is English. At the opening of
the workshop hardcopies of the abstracts and proceedings on CD-ROM
will be available. A book edition collecting the full-paper versions
presented at the workshop is planned.


The Scientific Committee consists of the following group of
internationally recognised researchers:

Jan Alexandersson DFKI, Germany
Niels Ole Bernsen University of Southern
 Denmark, Denmark
Peter Boda Nokia, Finland
Louis Boves University of Nijmengen,
 The Netherlands
Rolf Carlson KTH, Sweden
Lin Chase SpeechWorks
 International, UK		
Paul Dalsgaard Center for
Morena Danieli Loquendo, Italy
Sadaoki Furui Tokyo Institiute of
 Technology, Japan
Ludwig Hitzenberger University of 
			Regensburg, Germany
Andreas Kellner Philips, Germany
Chin-Hui Lee National University of
 Singapore, Singapore
Lin-Shan Lee National Taiwan
 University, Taiwan
Helmut Mangold DaimlerChrysler, Germany
Joseph Mariani Ministry of Research, France
Renato de Mori University of Avignon, France
Satoshi Nakamura ATR, Japan
Sharon Oviatt Oregon Health &
 Science University,
Patrick Paroubek LIMSI-CNRS, France
Roberto Pieraccini SpeechWorks
 International, USA
David Sadek CNET, France
Gary Strong National Science
 Foundation, USA
Michael Wagner University of Canberra, Australia


The fee for the workshop, including booklet of Abstracts, Proceedings
on CD-Rom, full board from Monday lunch, June 17 to Wednesday lunch,
June 19, is as follows

Non-ISCA Member 725 Euro
ISCA or GI Member 680 Euro
Non-ISCA Member - Students 525 Euro
ISCA or GI Member - Students 480 Euro
Late registration supplement
(after May 1, 2002) 50 Euro

Registrations after May 1 cannot be guaranteed. Attendees who are
willing to share a double room can deduct 55 Euro from the above fees.


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Message 2: Reminder: CFP: Treebanks and Linguistic Theories 2002

Date: Mon, 8 Apr 2002 14:14:46 +0300
From: Kiril Simov <>
Subject: Reminder: CFP: Treebanks and Linguistic Theories 2002

 Treebanks and Linguistic Theories 2002
 20th and 21st September 2002, Sozopol, Bulgaria

Workshop motivation and aims

Treebanks are a language resource that provides annotations of natural
languages at various levels of structure: at the word level, the
phrase level, the sentence level, and sometimes also at the level of
function-argument structure. Treebanks have become crucially
important for the development of data-driven approaches to natural
language processing, human language technologies, grammar extraction
and linguistic research in general. There are a number of on-going
projects on compilation of representative treebanks for languages that
still lack them (Spanish, Bulgarian, Portugese,Turkish) and a number
of on-going projects on compilation of treebanks for specific purposes
for languages that already have them (English).

The practices of building syntactically processed corpora have proved
that aiming at more detailed description of the data becomes more and
more theory-dependent (Prague Dependency Treebank and other
dependency-based treebanks as the Italian treebank (TUT) or the
Turkish treebank (METU); Verbmobil HPSG Treebanks, Polish HPSG
Treebank, Bulgarian HPSG-based Treebank etc.). Therefore the
development of treebanks and formal linguistic theories need to be
more tightly connected in order to ensure the necessary information
flow between them.

The workshop aims at being a forum for researchers and advanced
students working in one or both of these areas. It will be held in
conjunction with the summer school "Empirical Linguistics and Natural
Language Processing", Flagman hotel, Sozopol, Bulgaria.

Topics of interest

Papers should address the following topics:

- design principles and annotation schemes for treebanks;
- applications of treebanks in acquiring linguistic knowledge and NLP;
- the role of the linguistic theories in a treebank development;
- treebanks as a base for linguistic research;
- evaluation of treebanks;
- tools for creation and management of treebanks;
- standards for treebanks.

Two round-table discussions will be organized on the following topics: 

- the relationship between the syntactic properties of a given
language and the choice of linguistic theory for annotation purposes

- the utility of treebanks for linguistic theorizing

Important dates

Deadline for workshop abstract submission
12th April 2002

Notification of acceptance
20th May 2002

Final version of paper for workshop proceedings
24th June 2002


Papers should describe existing research connected to the topics of
the workshop. The presentation at the workshop will be 25 minutes long
(20 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for questions and
discussion). Each submission should include: title; author(s);
affiliation(s); and contact author's e-mail address, postal address,
telephone and fax numbers. Extended abstracts (maximum 1500 words,
plain-text format or Postscript) should be sent to:

Name: Kiril Simov

Those who wish to attend without offering a paper are asked to briefly
motivate their interest.

The final version of the accepted papers should not be longer than
4,000 words or 10 A4 pages. Instructions for formatting and
presentation of the final version will be sent to authors upon
notification of acceptance.

Program Committee

Erhard Hinrichs, Germany (co-chair)
Tilman Berger , Germany
Marek Swidzinski, Poland
Adam Przepi'orkowski, Poland
Kiril Simov, Bulgaria (co-chair)
Vladimir Petkevic, Czech Republic
Anatolij N. Baranov, Russia
Sandra Kuebler, Germany
Kemal Oflazer, Turkey
Michael Barlow, USA
Tomaz Erjavec, Slovenia
Robert Engels, Norway
Andreas Wagner, Germany
Frank Richter, Germany
Manfred Sailer, Germany
Walter Daelemans, Belgium
Karel Oliva, Austria
Laurent Romary, France

Invited Speakers

Frantisek Cermak, Charles University Prague, Czech Republic Hans
Uszkoreit, DFKI, Saarbruecken, Germany

Workshop registration

The registration fee for the workshop is:

150 Euro

The fees cover the following services: a copy of the proceedings of
the attended workshop, coffee-breaks and refreshments.

Participation in the workshop is limited by the venue. Requests for
participation will be processed on first come first served basis.

Local organisation

Kiril Simov (
Petya Osenova (
Milena Slavcheva (

BulTreeBank Project
Linguistic Modelling Laboratory, CLPP,
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Acad. G.Bonchev St. 25A
1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
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