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Mon Feb 27 2006

Calls: General Ling/South Korea;Computational Ling/Italy

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        1.    Sechang Lee, The 2006 ELSOK International Conference
        2.    Andrea Corradini, Workshop on Development and Evaluation of Robust Spoken Dialogue Systems for Real Applications


Message 1: The 2006 ELSOK International Conference
Date: 24-Feb-2006
From: Sechang Lee <sechanglsm.ac.kr>
Subject: The 2006 ELSOK International Conference


Full Title: The 2006 ELSOK International Conference
Short Title: ELSOK

Date: 26-Jun-2006 - 27-Jun-2006
Location: Seoul, Korea, Korea, South
Contact Person: Intaeh Hwang
Meeting Email: intaehcnu.ac.kr
Web Site: http://elsok.org

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Apr-2006

Meeting Description:

The English Linguistics Society of Korea (ELSOK)

CALL FOR PAPERS

The 2006 ELSOK International Conference on English Linguistics

June 26-27, 2006
Korea University, Seoul, Korea

The English Linguistics Society of Korea (ELSOK) is pleased to announce that the
2006 ELSOK International Conference on English Linguistics will be held on June
26-27, 2006, at Korea University, Seoul, Korea.

Theme: English Studies: Globalization vs. Localization

Invited Speakers: Michiko Ogura (Chiba University)
Michael McCarthy (University of Nottingham & Pennsylvania State Univ.)
Susan Guion (University of Oregon)

Workshop:
In addition to invited lectures and general session, a workshop on ''Doing
English Linguistics through Corpora'' will be conducted each afternoon of the
two conference days.

General Session:
Abstracts are invited for 20-minute presentations (plus a 10 minutes discussion)
on topics dealing with any area of English linguistics, including phonetics,
phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, language acquisition,
English education, and historical linguistics.

Abstract Submission:
Abstracts should be sent electronically to the conference e-mail address
(intaehcnu.ac.kr, or pilhwankmu.ac.kr) as attachments in .doc or .pdf format
by April 15, 2006. The abstracts should be one-paged with one-inch margins and
typed in at least 11-point font; one extra page for examples, figures, and
references is allowed. Submissions are limited to one individual and one joint
abstract per author, or two joint abstracts per author.

The following information is also requested in a separate file:

1. paper title
2. name(s) of author(s)
3. affiliation(s) of author(s)
4. e-mail address
5. mailing address for each author
6. contact phone number for each author

Notification of Acceptance:
Abstracts will be reviewed by the Screening Committee. Notifications of
acceptance will be sent in early May, 2006.

Website:

Further information about the conference, as finalized, will be posted on our
website:
http://elsok.org

The Organizing Committee of the 2006 ELSOK International Conference
Department of English Language and Literature
Korea University
Anam-dong Seongbuk-gu, Seoul, 136-701 Korea
Tel: +82-2-3290-1430
Message 2: Workshop on Development and Evaluation of Robust Spoken Dialogue Systems for Real Applications
Date: 22-Feb-2006
From: Andrea Corradini <ws-ecai06ling.uni-potsdam.de>
Subject: Workshop on Development and Evaluation of Robust Spoken Dialogue Systems for Real Applications



Full Title: Workshop on Development and Evaluation of Robust Spoken Dialogue
Systems for Real Applications

Date: 28-Aug-2006 - 28-Aug-2006
Location: Riva del Garda, Italy
Contact Person: Andrea Corradini
Meeting Email: ws-ecai06ling.uni-potsdam.de
Web Site: http://www.ling.uni-potsdam.de/ws-ecai06/

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Computational Linguistics; Discourse
Analysis; Pragmatics; Semantics; Syntax

Call Deadline: 15-Apr-2006

Meeting Description:

The workshop will focus on the development and evaluation of robust spoken
dialogue systems, and in particular on the tension between the demands of
industrial applications on the one hand, and the creativity found in laboratory
research prototypes on the other.

- Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding
- Acoustic Plausibility
- Flexible (e.g. dynamic) grammars
- Dialogue Strategies
- Pragmatic Plausibility
- Error Detection and Recovery
- Strategies for Clarification Requests

TOPICS AND GOALS

The implementation of spoken dialogue systems, i.e. computer applications
capable to sustain a conversation with human users has long been a challenging
goal. Such man-machine interfaces need to apply knowledge from all major fields
of human language technology. The substantial improvements in the area of speech
recognition, dialogue modelling and management, and speech synthesis have led to
the recent development of a range of deployed - and used - dialogue systems. The
applications that have been put forward mainly implement specific tasks ranging
from voice dialing and online plane ticket booking, to accessing information
about the weather and highway conditions, public transportation schedules and
local restaurants. These systems usually implement strictly system-directed
dialogues.

A few system architectures have been also proposed to sustain a less restricted
form of dialogue in narrow semantic domains. Such applications are used, for
instance, in the context of embodied conversational characters for tutoring,
educational or entertainment applications. Despite the relative success of these
spoken dialogue systems, much research remains to be done on methods to create
robust and feasible mixed-initiative architectures that can also adapt or extend
to new domains.

The workshop will focus on the development and evaluation of robust spoken
dialogue systems, and in particular on the tension between the demands of
industrial applications on the one hand, and the creativity found in laboratory
research prototypes on the other. What can both sides learn from one another?
One of the important issues here is the search for architectures capable to deal
with understanding errors that may occur at any stage of the processing pipeline
between the speech recognizer and the response generator.

The workshop intends to cover theoretical background from linguistics and
artificial intelligence on the nature of dialogue, as well as interdisciplinary
techniques and methodologies that are needed to cope with the uncertainty in
information processing. We aim to bring together researchers and developers from
different areas of natural language processing and generation, leaning either to
the industrial development or to the reseach side, to discuss their experiences
on the theoretical and methodological aspects needed for robust dialogue
interfaces and their evaluation. Thus we solicit work from, but not limited to,
the following areas:

- Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding
- Acoustic Plausibility
- Flexible (e.g. dynamic) grammars
- Dialogue Strategies
- Pragmatic Plausibility
- Error Detection and Recovery
- Strategies for Clarification Requests

Some of the questions we encourage contributors to address:

* What role does or should dialogue modelling and management play in the
design of spoken dialogue systems?
* How can a system detect its own errors?
* What mechanisms should be implemented for recovering once errors have been
detected? What architectures are best appropriate for implementing such mechanisms?
* What are the experiences with respect to robustness and error
handling in deployed applications, and what are the ramifications for
research prototypes?
* Is the appropriateness of the architecture a function of the purpose
of the dialogue system? If so, what associations exist between
dialogue models and dialogue systems?
* What role does or could a spoken dialogue system play within AI
research?
* What learning strategy, if any, can be applied to the components of
a dialogue system to account for errors in other components?
* What kind of strategy should be followed for system prompts and
clarification requests?

The workshop will take up one full day. It will be structured to allow for
maximum time for group discussion and participant interaction.

WORKSHOP WEB PAGE

http://www.ling.uni-potsdam.de/ws-ecai06/

SUBMISSION

We welcome submissions for both oral (up to 8 pages) and poster
presentation (up to 4 pages). Papers must describe original, previously
unpublished research. Papers must be submitted electronically to
ws-ecai06ling.uni-potsdam.de in PDF format.

IMPORTANT DATES

15th April, 2006
Workshop paper submission deadline.

10th May, 2006
Notification of paper acceptance.

18th May, 2006
Early registration deadline.

24th May, 2006
Paper camera-ready copy submission.

Tuesday 29th August, 2006
Workshop date.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Julie Baca, Mississippi State University, USA
Marc Cavazza, Teesside University, UK
Rachel Coulston, Oregon Graduate Institute for Science and Technology, USA
Daniele Falavigna, IRST, Italy
Roberto Gretter, IRST, Italy
Ed Kaiser, Natural Interaction LLC, USA
Sanjeev Kumar, Cisco Systems, USA
Lars Bo Larsen, Aalborg University, Denmark
Alpha Lee, Hong Kong Polytechnical University, Hong Kong
Boerge Lindberg, Aalborg University, Denmark
Carlos Martin-Vide, Rovira i Virgili University, Spain
Manish Mehta, Georgia Tech, USA
Sebastian Moeller, Deutsche Telekom Labs
Patrick Oliver, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Massimo Poesio, University of Essex
Markku Turunen, Tampere University, Finland
David Schlangen, University of Potsdam, Germany
Elena Zudilova, Amsterdam University, the Netherlands
Massimo Zancanaro, IRST, Italy

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Andrea Corradini, University of Potsdam, Germany
Jörn Kreutel, Semantic Edge GmbH, Germany
Manfred Stede, University of Potsdam, Germany

CONTACT INFORMATION

Andrea Corradini (Workshop Chair)
Marie Curie Fellow (Tok-Dev Scheme)
University of Potsdam
Computational Linguistics Department
Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24-25
14476 Golm
Germany
E-mail: ws-ecai06ling.uni-potsdam.de
URL: http://www.ling.uni-potsdam.de/ws-ecai06/



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