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LINGUIST List 17.1079

Mon Apr 10 2006

Calls: Austronesian Ling/UK;Computational Ling/USA

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        1.    Bill Palmer, 2nd Conference on Austronesian Languages and Linguistics
        2.    Matthias Denecke, Young Researchers Roundtable on Spoken Dialogue Systems


Message 1: 2nd Conference on Austronesian Languages and Linguistics
Date: 06-Apr-2006
From: Bill Palmer <bill.palmersurrey.ac.uk>
Subject: 2nd Conference on Austronesian Languages and Linguistics



Full Title: 2nd Conference on Austronesian Languages and Linguistics
Short Title: ALL2

Date: 02-Jun-2006 - 03-Jun-2006
Location: St Catherine's College, Oxford, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Bill Palmer
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.surrey.ac.uk/lcts/bill.palmer/UKARG_site/2006_conf/call.htm

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Language Family(ies): Austronesian

Call Deadline: 28-Apr-2006

Meeting Description:

ALL2 is a two day conference on all aspects of language and linguistics in the Austronesian speaking world, organized by the UK Austronesian Research Group (UKARG).

2nd CIRCULAR & CALL FOR PAPERS

CALL FOR PAPERS

*Note slightly later deadline for abstracts: Friday 28 April*

Following the success of our 2005 meeting on Austronesian Languages and Linguistics, UKARG is pleased to announce the 2nd Conference on Austronesian Languages and Linguistics (ALL2), to be held on Friday 2 June and Saturday 3 June at St Catherine's College, Oxford. Last year's conference was attended by researchers from the UK, Europe, and Australia. We are now pleased to invite all researchers working on Austronesian languages to participate in this year's conference.

Researchers working in any area of Austronesian linguistics are invited to present their research. We welcome contributions relating to any aspect of Austronesian from any perspective, including:

- formal theoretical issues;
- typology;
- descriptive linguistics;
- documentary linguistics and language endangerment;
- historical linguistics;
- lexicology;
- discourse.

Papers will be thirty minutes in length plus ten minutes for discussion. Submissions should be made by email (subject: ALL2 abstract) to bill.palmersurrey.ac.uk, and should include:

- title of the paper;
- name, affiliation, email address, & snail address of the author(s);
- a short abstract (max. 400 words)

REGISTRATION

Registration for ALL2 is free of charge. Pre-registration is not essential but is requested to assist with planning. Please register by emailing bill.palmersurrey.ac.uk (subject: ALL2 registration) by Friday 19 May.

CONFERENCE VENUE

ALL2 will be held at St Catherine's College, Oxford. St Catz is located in Manor Road, Oxford, OX1 3UJ, United Kingdom. The College website www.stcatz.ox.ac.uk provides details of its location, and of how to get to Oxford and to the College itself.

Please note that ALL2 is not a residential conference, and participants will need to arrange accommodation elsewhere in Oxford. General information about Oxford, including listings of accommodation, can be found at Oxford's official visitor website: www.oxfordcity.co.uk.

INQUIRIES

Inquiries may be directed to the conference organiser Bill Palmer at bill.palmersurrey.ac.uk, or directed to:

Dr Bill Palmer
Research Fellow
Surrey Morphology Group
CMC, University of Surrey
Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH, UK
+44 (0)1483 68 2845
bill.palmersurrey.ac.uk



Message 2: Young Researchers Roundtable on Spoken Dialogue Systems
Date: 05-Apr-2006
From: Matthias Denecke <matthiasopendialog.org>
Subject: Young Researchers Roundtable on Spoken Dialogue Systems



Full Title: Young Researchers Roundtable on Spoken Dialogue Systems
Short Title: YRRSDS

Date: 16-Sep-2006 - 16-Sep-2006
Location: Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Contact Person: Matthias Denecke
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.yrrsds.org

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 20-Jul-2006

Meeting Description:

The Young Researchers' Roundtable on Spoken Dialog Systems is an annual workshop designed for students, post docs, and junior researchers working in applied spoken dialog systems research. The roundtable provides an open forum where participants can discuss their research interests, current work and future plans. The workshop is meant to 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 year, the workshop will be held on September 16th, 2006, in Pittsburgh, PA, USA, as a satellite workshop to Interspeech 2006 .

YRR-2006: Call for participation (http://www.yrrsds.org/)

Workshop topic

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. The discussions will have 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. And, perhaps most importantly, (3) the event will help to create a more permanent international network of young researchers working in spoken dialog systems. We hope to continue the success of last year's Young Researchers' Roundtable on Spoken Dialog Systems (http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dod/YRR/index.html).

Workshop format

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:

- Use and usefulness of user simulation: What are the best practices for building and evaluating user simulations?
- Dialogue and question answering: How can dialogue research help with interactive question answering?
- Multimodality: Today spoken dialog systems are common in call centers, mobile phone, and cars, but multi-modal systems are much less widely deployed. Why is this so? Can multimodal dialogue systems play a useful/fun role in gaming/virtual reality?
- Para-linguistic and non-linguistic phenomena: How should dialogue systems account for and respond to affect (e.g., user frustration)?
- Bridging the gap: How can research on spoken dialogue systems benfit from other fields? What techniques from other fields (such as operations research, ergonomics, data mining, or others) might be borrowed and extended to advance spoken dialog systems? What can linguistic theories and psycho-lingusitic research tell us?
- ...

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 co-located INTERSPEECH-2006.

Submission process

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 position paper following the template provided on the webpage. The paper will include a statement of research interests with a short overview of past, current and future work. Furthermore a discussion on the following questions:

* What is the next killer application for spoken dialog systems?
* What sort of impact could that application have?
* What questions need to be answered before we can realize that application?

This discussion should be followed by an enumeration of three possible discussion topics for the event itself. Finally the authors are asked to provide 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.

Further information concerning the submission format is provided on the web-page.

Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis starting March 30th, 2006, until the maximum number of participants for the workshop (45) is reached, or until the submission deadline (July 20th, 2006) is reached.

Important Dates

Open for submissions: March 30th, 2006
Submissions deadline: July 20th, 2006
Registrations begin: August 1st, 2006
Registration deadline: TBD
Workshop: September 16th, 2006

The YRR '06 Organizing Committee
yrr-organizers06lists.csail.mit.edu

** Matthias Denecke
** Alex Gruenstein, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence
Laboratory, MIT, USA
** Verena Rieser, International Post-Graduate College for Language
Technology and Cognitive Systems, Saarland University, Germany
** Mihai Rotaru, Computer Science Department, University of
Pittsburgh, USA
** Matt Stuttle, Department of Engineering, Cambridge University, UK




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