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LINGUIST List 16.1508

Thu May 12 2005

Calls: Discourse Analysis/Germany; Comp Ling/Portugal

Editor for this issue: Amy Wronkowicz <amylinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Thora Tenbrink, Workshop on Spatial Language and Dialogue (5th Workshop on Language and Space)
        2.    Ellen Campana, Young Researchers' Roundtable in Spoken Dialog Systems

Message 1: Workshop on Spatial Language and Dialogue (5th Workshop on Language and Space)
Date: 10-May-2005
From: Thora Tenbrink <tenbrinksfbtr8.uni-bremen.de>
Subject: Workshop on Spatial Language and Dialogue (5th Workshop on Language and Space)

Full Title: Workshop on Spatial Language and Dialogue (5th Workshop on Language
and Space)
Short Title: WoSLaD

Date: 23-Oct-2005 - 25-Oct-2005
Location: Delmenhorst, Germany
Contact Person: Thora Tenbrink
Meeting Email: tenbrinksfbtr8.uni-bremen.de
Web Site: http://www.sfbtr8.uni-bremen.de/WoSLaD/

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Discourse Analysis

Call Deadline: 15-Jun-2005

Meeting Description:

Research on spatial language comprehension and production has been a hive of
activity over the last few years. For example, a number of recent published
books (both edited and authored) have been dedicated to the topic (e.g., Carlson
& van der Zee, 2005; Coventry & Garrod, 2004; Levinson 2003; van der Zee & Slack
2003). However, in spite of the attention paid to understanding spatial language
understanding, most of the work has focused on monologue in often restricted
situations. Yet there is growing interest in theories of dialogue (e.g., Clark,
1996; Pickering & Garrod, 2004), but thus far not much work has been conducted
using dialogue in the spatial language domain. The purpose of this workshop is
to bring researchers together working on spatial language and dialogue in order
to share what is known about spatial language and dialogue and to facilitate
moving the literature in this direction. We encourage submissions from those
working on spatial language and dialogue, human-human dialogue, human-robot
dialogue and robot-robot dialogue. Each submission should be targeted to issues
of spatial language and dialogue, but a focus on spatial language or dialogue
with pointers towards dialogue/spatial language will also be considered.

Selected papers from the workshop will be published in an edited volume (working
title Spatial Language in Dialogue) in the Oxford University Press Language and
Space series.

Carlson, L. A. & van der Zee, E. (Eds.) (2005). Functional features in language
and space. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Clark, H. H. (1996). Using language. Cambridge Cambridge University Press.
Coventry, K. R. & Garrod, S.C, (2004). Saying, seeing and acting. The
psychological semantics of spatial prepositions. Psychology Press. Hove and New
Pickering, M. & Garrod, S. (2004). Toward a mechanistic psychology of dialogue.
Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 27, 169-226.
van der Zee, E. & Slack, J. (Eds.), (2003). Representing Direction in Language
and Space. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Kenny Coventry, University of Plymouth, UK
John Bateman, University of Bremen, Germany
Thora Tenbrink, University of Bremen, Germany

Invited speakers:
Martin Pickering, University of Edinburgh, UK
Luc Steels, Free University of Brussels, Belgium
Ipke Wachsmuth, University of Bielefeld, Germany

Organising committee:
Nicholas Asher, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Johan Bos, University of Edinburgh, UK
Laura Carlson, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA
Herb Clark, Stanford University, California, USA (tbc)
Michel Denis, Université de Paris-Sud, Orsay, France (tbc)
Christian Freksa, University of Bremen, Germany
Simon Garrod, University of Glasgow, UK
Christopher Habel, University of Hamburg, Germany
Deb Roy, MIT, USA
Michael Schober, New School for Social Research, New York, USA
Barbara Tversky, Columbia University, USA
Emile van der Zee, University of Lincoln, UK

2nd Call for Papers
Submissions deadline: 15th June, 2005 for 6-8 page submissions. For submission
requirements and more information about the workshop, please go to

Notification of acceptance by 15th of July (oral paper presentation, poster or

Full papers (drafts of book chapters) due by 9th October.

Venue: Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg (Hanse Institute for Advanced Study),
Delmenhorst, Lower Saxony and Bremen, Germany
Message 2: Young Researchers' Roundtable in Spoken Dialog Systems
Date: 10-May-2005
From: Ellen Campana <ecampanabcs.rochester.edu>
Subject: Young Researchers' Roundtable in Spoken Dialog Systems

Full Title: Young Researchers' Roundtable in Spoken Dialog Systems
Short Title: YRR-SDS

Date: 01-Sep-2005 - 01-Sep-2005
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Contact Person: Ellen Campana
Meeting Email: ecampanabcs.rochester.edu
Web Site: http://www-2.cs.cmu.edu/~dod/YRR/index.html

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Jul-2005

Meeting Description:

The Young Researchers' Roundtable on Spoken Dialog Systems is a workshop
designed for students, post docs, and junior researchers working in applied
spoken dialog systems research. The roundtable will provide an open forum where
participants can discuss their research interests, current work and future
plans. We hope the workshop format (see below) will foster creative thinking
about current issues in spoken dialog systems research, and help create a
stronger international network of young researchers working in the field.

This workshop is an ISCA event held on September the 1st, 2005, in Lisbon,
Portugal in conjunction with INTERSPEECH-2005 and SIGdial.



an ISCA event
in conjunction with
9th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology
Lisbon, Portugal
Thursday, September 1st, 2005

Website: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dod/roundtable
Contact: yrr-organizerscs.cmu.edu

Workshop Overview:

The Young Researchers' Roundtable on Spoken Dialog Systems will bring together
students, post docs, and junior researchers from different countries, different
research institutions, and different disciplines who share an interest in
applied dialog systems research. It will provide a setting in which participants
can discuss their own research and work and obtain feedback from others who are
at a similar level and who are working on similar problems. It will also provide
a forum for discussing recent papers and talks with an eye toward (1) solving
the problems participants currently face in their work and (2) identifying
issues that are likely to be important in the coming years. Perhaps most
importantly, the event will help to create a more permanent international
network of young researchers working in spoken dialog systems.

This workshop will be a full-day event consisting of multiple small-group
discussions of topics that will be chosen based on suggestions submitted by the
participants themselves. Potential roundtable discussion topics could include:
- What are best practices for conducting and evaluating user studies of spoken
dialog systems?
- How can users be made aware of the capabilities and limitations of spoken
dialog systems?
- Spoken dialog systems and robots: what are the issues and challenges?
- What skills must a dialog agent have to be able to engage in a
multi-participant conversation?
- Where can spoken dialog systems have a significant impact in the world?
- What are best practices for rapidly deploying dialog systems in the real world?
- Should human-computer communication mimic human-human communication?
- How can a dialog system learn from its own experience automatically?

After the small-group discussions, each of the groups will present a summary to
the rest of the participants. We hope that the discussion format will foster
creative thinking about current issues in spoken dialog systems research,
setting the stage for the colocated conferences SIGdial and INTERSPEECH.

We invite participation from students, post docs, and junior researchers who are
currently working in applied spoken dialog systems research. We also invite
participation from those who are working in related fields such as human
factors, speech recognition, artificial intelligence, or speech synthesis, as
applied to spoken dialog systems. Potential participants should submit a 2-page
paper following the template provided at
http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dod/roundtable/cfp.html. The paper will include a
statement of research interests, an overview of past, current and future work, a
discussion of what you consider to be the most compelling issues in spoken
dialog systems, and a short biographical sketch. Accepted papers will be
collated and distributed to participants in CD-ROM and/or paper format. We also
plan to publish the position papers and presentations from the workshop on the
web, subject to sponsor or publisher constraints.

Fees (EURO):
Students: 40.00 EUR
Postdocs and junior researchers: 60.00 EUR
Lunch and light refreshments are included in the registration fee.

Important Dates:
The target size for the workshop is 45 participants.
Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis beginning March 1st, 2005
Submissions will no longer be accepted after July 1st, 2005
Workshop date (full day): September 1st, 2005

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