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Message 1: SUMMER SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENT: Summer School on Dialogue Systems

Date: Wed, 21 Feb 1996 08:58:46 +0100
From: Gerrit Bloothooft <Gerrit.Bloothooftlet.ruu.nl>
Subject: SUMMER SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENT: Summer School on Dialogue Systems

 THE FOURTH EUROPEAN SUMMER SCHOOL ON LANGUAGE AND SPEECH COMMUNICATION

 DIALOGUE SYSTEMS
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 BUDAPEST, HUNGARY 8-19 JULY 1996


INTRODUCTION

The fourth European Summer School on Language and Speech Communication
will be organised at the Technical University of Budapest from July
8-19 1996. The topic will be Dialogue Systems. There has been a
growing interest over recent years in the theoretical and practical
issues associated with the design and use of computer systems which
are able to participate in spoken or written language dialogues.

Some of the questions which have occupied the researchers include the
following:

 * what kind of information should be included in a dialogue model?
 * what does it mean to "co-operate" in dialogue?
 * is it necessary to model the beliefs of the other party?
 * how much planning is required in dialogue?
 * how should a dialogue system be specified?
 * is there any benefit in simulating systems before building them?
 * how do people react to dialogue systems?
 * what happens in multimodal dialogues?
 * what is the relationship between human-human and
 human-computer dialogue?
 * what is the effect of task domain on dialogue structure?
 * how can dialogue failures be recognised and repaired?
 * how should dialogue systems be evaluated?
 * what practical applications exist for dialogue technology?

These, and many other questions relating to dialogue systems will be
addressed by leading practitioners in the field.

The courses will be a mixture of short plenary sessions dedicated to
surveys or particularly difficult or controversial topics, and weekly
courses of 5x2 hours or 5x1 hours held in plenary or in
parallel. Several of the courses will set practical exercises, and
there will be ample opportunities for students to present their own
work. As is fitting in a Summer School on dialogue, participants will
be encouraged to play an active part in the learning
process. Background knowledge in a relevant area such as linguistics,
speech processing, artificial intelligence, computer science or
psychology would be useful, but no prior experience in the area of
dialogue systems will be assumed. The Summer School is open to
undergraduate students, PhD students, postdocs, and staff members from
academic and industrial sites.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE

The program committee for this year's Summer School consists of Niels
Ole Bernsen (Roskilde University, Denmark), Norman Fraser (Vocalis,
United Kingdom), Klara Vicsi (Technical University of Budapest,
Hungary), with the help of Louis Boves (KPN Research, The
Netherlands), Steven Krauwer, Gerrit Bloothooft (Utrecht University),
Joaquim Llisterri (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona) as advisers.

LOCAL ORGANISER

Klara Vicsi (Technical University of Budapest)

LOCAL COMMITTEE

Geza Gordos (Technical University of Budapest), Laszlo Kalman (Lorand
Eoetvoes Scientific University), Geza Nemeth (Technical University of
Budapest), Andras Illenyi (Technical University of Budapest), Gabor
Proszeky (MorphoLogy), Gyoergy Takacs (Ericcson), Klara Vicsi
(Technical University of Budapest)

SPONSORS

This year's school is sponsored by the European Network in Language
and Speech (ELSNET), the Copernicus Program: ELSNET goes East, and
supported by the European Speech Communication Association (ESCA) and
the European Chapter of the Association of Computational Linguistics
(EACL). Local support is provided by the Technical University of
Budapest, the National Scientific Research Fund, and SUN Europe.

GENERAL INFORMATION

VENUE

The Summer School will be held at the Technical University of
Budapest. The University was founded in 1782 by King Joseph II. It was
reorganised as the Royal Palatine Joseph Technical University in
1871. Since 1949 it has been called the Technical University of
Budapest and developed into one of the largest institutions of higher
education in Hungary and is one of central Europe's most important
research centres. Today, more than 110 departments and institutes
operate within the structure of seven faculties at the TUB. About
1600 lecturers, 350 researchers, numerous invited lecturers and
practical specialists participate in education and research at the
TUB. Approximately 10% of the 9.000 students are from 40 countries
abroad.

The capital of Hungary, Budapest has a special geographical
location. It is situated along a 28 km stretch along the Danube which
divides the city into two parts: the hills of Buda and the plain of
Pest. Budapest is often called the "Pearl of the Danube".

TRAVEL

Budapest can easily be reached by air or train from all major European
cities. An Airport Minibus service is available from the airports to
each hotel. The cost for one fare is approximately 800 HUF (8 DM or
5,5 USD, much less than the taxi price). Railway Stations are
connected with Public Transportation. One ticket for tram, bus or
metro costs 50 HUF (0,5 DM or 0,3 USD) and must be purchased in
advance at metro stations or in kiosks.

REGISTRATION

The emphasis of the Summer School is on small-group work and on
interaction between participants and staff. The number of participants
will therefore be limited to 60. Because it is expected that the
Summer School will be oversubscribed, pre-registration is strongly
recommended.

Deadline for pre-registration: May 1, 1996

To ensure that participants have the opportunity to attend the school
from a wide range of countries and disciplines, notices of acceptance
will not be sent before the pre-registration deadline.

Deposits will then become due for those who have been offered a place.
Applicants who cannot be offered a place at that time will be put on a
waiting list and be given a final decision as soon as possible, but by
June 1 at the latest.


PARTICIPATION FEES

full time students 130 USD or 190 DM academic staff members 260 USD or
380 DM employees of industry 520 USD or 760 DM

Deadline for payment: June 1 1996

Late payment after 1 June:

full time students 143 USD or 210 DM
academic staff members 286 USD or 418 DM
employees of industry 572 USD or 836 DM


ACCOMMODATION COSTS

Youth Hostel located in the University Campus (very moderate quality)
 2 persons/room and common showers at each floor
 USD 15/person/night (breakfast included)
 [total 195 USD for 13 nights]

Middle category hotel (two stars), 15 minutes from the University by tram
 Double rooms with shower in each room
 for a single person USD 68/night
 [total 884 USD for 13 nights]
 for two persons USD 38/night/person
 [total 494 USD for 13 nights]
 (breakfast included)

The ACCOMMODATION COSTS and the PARTICIPATION FEE should be
paid together at the same time.

DEADLINE FOR FULL PAYMENT: June 1 1996


Payment can be made only by bank transfer or bank check.
Unfortunately we are not able to accept credit cards.

Bank account: MNB 10032000-01425279
Bank holder: Technical University of Budapest
Bank name and address: Hungarian National Bank
 1054 Budapest, Szabadsag ter 6-8, Hungary

Reference: ELSNET 14899-509

Postal address: Technical University of Budapest
 Conference Office
 Muegyetem rkp. 3., Building K, 1st Floor 64.

CANCELLATION

If an accepted applicant has to withdraw from the summer school, fees
paid will be returned (-20 USD handling charge). The withdrawal should
be received before 1st of June. In the event of withdrawal after 1st
of June, the applicant will forfeit 50 % of the paid fees.

GRANTS

Some limited grants will be made available for students from Central
or Eastern Europe. To be eligible for this grant, one should write a
well-argumented letter to the local organiser Dr. Klara Vicsi (address
at the end of the booklet). In this letter one should write something
about his/her background in the Language and Speech Technology, and
make it clear why he/she would like to attend the Summer School. A
letter of recommendation, written by his/her professor will certainly
be advantageous. The application will be transfered for evalution to
ELSNET goes East.

CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE

Students who attend lectures regularly will be given a Certificate of
Attendance. With the agreement of the student's home university, the
courses taken as part of the summer school may be recognised as
credits for the student's course of study.

SOCIAL EVENTS

The summer school fee will include welcome and farewell parties. An
optional programme of outings and visits will be organised, which will
enable participating students to get to know each other better, and to
be introduced to the culture and history of Hungary.

Excursions at the weekend:

1. Szentendre Sightseeing in the small medieval town at 20 km from
Budapest, well known for its picturesque old streets, 18th century
houses and churches. Visit to the Open Air Museum.

2. Kecskemet the Hungarian "puszta" Sightseeing in the city, where
you can find beautiful examples of the Hungarian art nouveau
architecture. Visit a horse-show at Lajosmizse puszta.


STRUCTURE AND CONTENT OF THE COURSE

WEEK 1.

MORNING PLENARY SESSIONS

 9.00 - 10.45 PLENARY

 Monday-Tuesday :

 HISTORICAL OVERVIEW OF THE
 DIALOGUE SYSTEMS FIELD
 Lecturer: Louis Boves
 KPN Research, Leidschendam, The Netherlands

 Wednesday-Thursday:
 DIALOGUE TYPES
 Lecturer: Francoise Neel
 LIMSI-CNRS Orsay, France

 Friday:
 PROSODY IN SPOKEN DIALOGUE
 Lecturer: Julia Hirschberg
 AT&T Bell laboratories, Murray Hill, USA

10.45 - 11.15 coffee break

11.15 - 12.00 PLENARY

 Monday-Friday:
 STUDENT PRESENTATION SESSION

12.15 - 13.00 PLENARY

 Monday-Friday:
 MULTIMODAL SYSTEMS
 Lecturer: Niels Ole Bernsen
 Centre for Cognitive Science,
 Roskilde University, Roskilde, Denmark


13.00 - 15.00 lunch

15.00 - 16.45 PARALLEL 1

 Monday-Friday:
 SPEECH INPUT AND OUTPUT
 Lecturers: Rolf Carlson, Kjell Elenius and
 Bjorn Granstrom
 Department of Speech Communication and
 Music Acoustics, Royal Institute of
 Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

 PARALLEL 2

 Monday-Friday:
 EMPIRICAL FOUNDATIONS OF DIALOGUE DESIGN
 (with practicals)
 Lecturers: Hans Dybkjaer and Laila Dybkjaer
 Centre for Cognitive Science,
 Roskilde University Roskilde, Denmark


WEEK 2.


 9.00 - 10.45 PLENARY

 Monday:
 PROSODY IN SPOKEN DIALOGUE
 Lecturer: Julia Hirschberg
 AT&T Bell Laboratories USA

 Tuesday-Wednesday:
 EVALUATION OF DIALOGUE SYSTEMS
 Lecturer: Paolo Baggia
 Centro Studi e Laboratory Telecommunicazioni,
 Torino, Italy

 Thursday:
 COMMERCIAL REALITIES
 Lecturer: Nick Ostler
 Linguacubun Ltd., Batheaston Villa, UK

 Friday:
 PANEL DISCUSSION
 topic: Advantages and drawbacks of dialogue technology
 Gyoergy Takacs, Ericsson Ltd. Budapest, Hungary
 and all lecturers

10.45 - 11.15 coffee break

11.15 - 13.00 PARALLEL 1

 Monday-Friday:
 NATURAL LANGUAGE PROCESSING INPUT OUTPUT
 Lecturer: Paul Heisterkamp,
 Daimler-Benz AG,Institute for Information
 Technology, Germany

11.15 - 13.00 PARALLEL 2

 Monday-Friday:
 DIALOGUE MODELLING (with practicals)
 Lecturer: Harald Aust
 Philips Forschungslaboratorien,
 Aachen, Germany

13.00 - 15.00 lunch

15.00 - 16.45 PARALLEL 1

 Monday-Friday
 HUMAN FACTORS
 Lecturer: Sharon Oviatt
 Center for Human-Computer Communication,
 Department of Computer Science,
 Oregon Graduate Institute of Science &
 Technology, Oregon, USA

	 PARALLEL 2

 Monday-Friday
 SYSTEM ISSUES (with practicals)
 lecturer: Norman Fraser
 Vocalis Limited, Cambridge, UK


STUDENT PRESENTATIONS

One hour during the first week has been reserved for student
presentations, and students are encouraged to use this opportunity to
help everyone improve their knowledge of each other's
interests. Participants who want to take advantage of this opportunity
are requested to indicate this on the application form. Each speaker
will be given 15 minutes.

The other possibility for students is the poster presentation. Poster
board will be available during the time of the Summer School. Size of
the poster board: 80cm x 150cm.

A one-page abstract of the student presentation is expected by 1st
June 1996.

ELECTRONIC INFORMATION

The information included in this booklet can also be found on the
following World Wide Web sites:

http://www.ttt.bme.hu
http://www.cogsci.ed.ac.uk/elsnet/summerschool96.html

During the school the participants will have access to Email
facilities.

NOTE

Although all the information in this booklet is correct at the time of
printing, we reserve the right to make alterations to course titles
and to the list of lecturers if necessary.


PRE-REGISTRATION FORM

European Summer School on Language and Speech Communication
July 8 - 19, 1996

Please complete this form and return it by May 1, 1996 Further
information will be sent only to those who return this form.


Title:

First name:

Last name:

Street/No:

Postal code/City:

Country:

Phone:						Fax:

Email:

University degrees or other qualifications with dates:

Current occupation:

Name of university or company:


COURSE REGISTRATION

I wish to apply for admission under the following category:

O	Full time student (include proof of status)
O	Academic staff member
O	Employee of industry


ACCOMMODATION

If admitted to the course, I wish to reserve
accommodation from 7 July to 19 (13 nights)

O	- Youth Hostel located in the University Campus
O	- Middle category hotel (two stars) at 15 minutes
 from the University (by tram)
O - I do not need hotel reservation

Please indicate whether you would like to present your own work to the
participants in the Summer School:

O	Yes, I would like to present my own work during the school.
			O	Oral presentation
			O	Poster presentation

O 	No, I will not be involved in the student presentations.

Please give a brief account of previous work done in the area of
dialogue systems.


I have an interest in the following optional courses:

WEEK 1. 15.00 - 16.45

O PARALLEL 1 SPEECH INPUT AND OUTPUT
 Lecturers: Rolf Carlson, Kjell Elenius and
 Bjorn Granstrom

O PARALLEL 2 EMPIRICAL FOUNDATIONS OF DIALOGUE DESIGN
 (with practicals)
 Lecturers: Hans Dybkjaer and Laila Dybkjaer


WEEK 2. 11.15 - 13.00

O PARALLEL 1 NATURAL LANGUAGE PROCESSING INPUT OUTPUT
 Lecturer: Paul Heisterkamp


O PARALLEL 2 DIALOGUE MODELLING (with practicals)
 Lecturer: Harald Aust

WEEK 2. 15.00 - 16.45

O PARALLEL 1 HUMAN FACTORS
 Lecturer: Sharon Oviatt

O	PARALLEL 2 SYSTEM ISSUES (with practicals)
 		 Lecturer: Norman Fraser



Signature:	____________________________

Date: ____________________________


The local organiser Klara Vicsi and the local committee can be
reached by the Conference Office of TUB.
All correspondence should be addressed to:

Technical University of Budapest
Conference Office
Muegyetem rakpart 3.-9.
Building K. 1st floor. room 64.
H-1521, Budapest, Hungary
Phone: 36-1-463-2666
Phone-fax: 36-1 463-3542
E-mail: schoolkhmk.bme.hu


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Gerrit Bloothooft . . . .
Research Institute for Language and Speech (OTS) .* * ***.*** *****
Trans 10, 3512 JK Utrecht, The Netherlands .* ** **. ** .
Phone: +31.30.2536042 . . * ** ** . **** .
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Email: Gerrit.Bloothooftlet.ruu.nl . *** ** *.***
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