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Date received: 18 Dec 2012
Deadline: 31 Mar 2013
Start date: 01 Sep 2013






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		   TSD 2013 - PRELIMINARY ANNOUNCEMENT
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Sixteenth International Conference on TEXT, SPEECH and DIALOGUE (TSD 2013)
	    Plzen (Pilsen), Czech Republic, 1-5 September 2013
		       http://www.tsdconference.org


TSD NEWS

The TSD conference fee was significantly reduced. It is organized in
parallel with SPECOM. 

ABOUT CONFERENCE

The conference is organized by the Faculty of Applied Sciences, University
of West Bohemia, Pilsen, and the Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk
University, Brno. This year the conference is organized in parallel with
the 15th International Conference on Speech and Computer (SPECOM). The
conference is supported by International Speech Communication Association
(ISCA). 

Venue: Plzen (Pilsen), angelo Hotel (city center), Czech Republic

TSD SERIES

TSD series have evolved as a prime forum for interaction between
researchers in both spoken and written language processing from all over
the world. Proceedings of TSD form a book published by Springer-Verlag in
their Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI) series. The TSD
proceedings are regularly indexed by Thomson Reuters Conference
Proceedings Citation Index. LNAI series are listed in all major citation
databases such as DBLP, SCOPUS, EI, INSPEC, or COMPENDEX.


TOPICS

Topics of the conference will include (but are not limited to):

    Corpora and Language Resources (monolingual, multilingual,
    text and spoken corpora, large web corpora, disambiguation,
    specialized lexicons, dictionaries)

    Speech Recognition (multilingual, continuous, emotional
    speech, handicapped speaker, out-of-vocabulary words,
    alternative way of feature extraction, new models for
    acoustic and language modelling)

    Tagging, Classification and Parsing of Text and Speech
    (multilingual processing, sentiment analysis, credibility
    analysis, automatic text labeling, summarization, authorship
    attribution)

    Speech and Spoken Language Generation (multilingual, high
    fidelity speech synthesis, computer singing)

    Semantic Processing of Text and Speech (information
    extraction, information retrieval, data mining, semantic web, 
    knowledge representation, inference, ontologies, sense
    disambiguation, plagiarism detection)

    Integrating Applications of Text and Speech Processing
    (machine translation, natural language understanding,
    question-answering strategies, assistive technologies)

    Automatic Dialogue Systems (self-learning, multilingual,
    question-answering systems, dialogue strategies, prosody in
    dialogues)

    Multimodal Techniques and Modelling (video processing, facial
    animation, visual speech synthesis, user modelling, emotions
    and personality modelling)


OFFICIAL LANGUAGE

The official language of the event will be English. However, papers on
processing of languages other than English are strongly encouraged.


PROGRAM COMMITTEE

        Hynek Hermansky, USA (general chair)
        Eneko Agirre, Spain
        Genevieve Baudoin, France
	Jan Cernocky, Czech Republic
	Darja Fiser, Slovenia
	Radovan Garabik, Slovakia
	Alexander Gelbukh, Mexico
	Louise Guthrie, GB
	Jan Hajic, Czech Republic
	Eva Hajicova, Czech Republic
	Ludwig Hitzenberger, Germany
	Jaroslava Hlavacova, Czech Republic
	Ales Horak, Czech Republic
	Eduard Hovy, USA
	Ivan Kopecek, Czech Republic
	Steven Krauwer, The Netherlands
	Siegfried Kunzmann, Germany
	Natalija Loukachevitch, Russia
	Vaclav Matousek, Czech Republic
	Diana McCarthy, UK
	Hermann Ney, Germany
        Elmar Noeth, Germany
	Karel Oliva, Czech Republic
	Karel Pala, Czech Republic
	Nikola Pavesic, Slovenia
	Fabio Pianesi, Italy
	Maciej Piasecki, Poland
	Jan Pomikalek, Czech Republic
	Adam Przepiorkowski, Poland
	Josef Psutka, Czech Republic
	James Pustejovsky, USA
	Leon Rothkrantz, The Netherlands
	Milan Rusko, Slovakia
	Stefan Steidl, Germany
	Pavel Skrelin, Russia
	Pavel Smrz, Czech Republic
	Petr Sojka, Czech Republic
	Georg Stemmer, Germany
	Marko Tadic, Croatia
	Tamas Varadi, Hungary
	Zygmunt Vetulani, Poland
	Taras Vintsiuk, Ukraine
	Pascal Wiggers, The Netherlands
	Yorick Wilks, GB
	Victor Zakharov, Russia


FORMAT OF THE CONFERENCE

The conference program will include presentation of invited papers, oral
presentations, and poster/demonstration sessions. Papers will be
presented in plenary or topic oriented sessions.One day of the  conference
will be dedicated to tutorials and workshops.  

Social events including a trip in the vicinity of Pilsen will allow
additional informal interactions. Details about the social event will be
available on the web page.


SUBMISSION OF PAPERS

Authors are invited to submit a full paper not exceeding 8 pages formatted
in the LNCS style (see below). Those accepted will be presented either
orally or as posters. The decision on the presentation format will be
based upon the recommendation of three independent reviewers. The authors
are asked to submit their papers using the on-line submission form
accessible from the conference web site.

Papers submitted to TSD 2013 must not be under review by any other
conference or publication during the TSD review cycle, and must not be
previously published or accepted for publication elsewhere.

As the reviewing is blind, the paper should not include authors'
name and affiliations. Furthermore, self-references that
reveal the author's identity, e.g., "We previously showed (Smith, 1991)
...", should be avoided. Instead, use citations, such as "Smith previously
showed (Smith, 1991) ...". Papers that do not conform to the requirements
above are determined to be rejected without review.

The authors are strongly encouraged to write their papers in TeX (plain)
or LaTeX formats. These formats are necessary for the final versions of
the papers that will be published in the Springer Lecture Notes. Authors
using a MS Word-compatible software for the final version must use the
LNCS template for MS Word and within the submit process ask the
Proceedings Editors to convert the paper to the LaTeX format. For this
service a service-and-license fee of CZK 1500 will be levied
automatically.

The paper format for the review has to be either the PDF or PostScript
file with all required fonts included. Upon notification of acceptance,
speakers will receive further information on submitting their camera-ready
and electronic sources (for detailed instructions on the final paper
format see http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-0).

Authors are also invited to present actual projects, a developed software
or interesting materials relevant to the topics of the conference.
Speakers who have prepared a demonstration should provide an abstract not
exceeding one page. The demonstration abstracts will not appear in the
conference proceedings.

IMPORTANT DATES

March 31, 2013 ............ Submission of full papers
May 12, 2013 .............. Notification of acceptance
June 9, 2013 .............. Final papers (camera ready) and registration

September 1-5, 2013 ....... Conference date

The contributions to the conference will be published in proceedings that
will be made available on CD to participants at the time of the
conference.

CONFERENCE FEES

The conference fee depends on the date of payment and on your status. It
includes one copy of the conference proceedings, refreshments/coffee
breaks, opening dinner, welcome party, mid-conference social event
admissions, and organizing costs. In order to lower the fee as much as
possible, meals during the conference, the accommodation, and the
conference trip are not included. 

Full participant:
early registration by June 9, 2013 - CZK 8.200 (approx. 320 EUR)
late registration by August 1, 2013 - CZK 9.400 (approx. 370 EUR)
on-site registration - CZK 10.000 (approx. 390 EUR)

Student (reduced): 
early registration by June 9, 2013 - CZK 7.000 (approx. 280 EUR)
late registration by August 1, 2013 - CZK 8.400 (approx. 330 EUR)
on-site registration - CZK 8.900 (approx. 350 EUR)

The payment may be refunded up until August 15, at the cost of CZK 1.500.
No refund is possible after this date. All costs are in Czech Crowns
(Czech Koruna, CZK), see e.g. http://www.xe.com/ucc/ for the current
exchange rate. 

At least one of the authors has to register and pay the registration fee
by June 9, 2013 for their paper to be included in the conference
proceedings. Only one paper of up to 8 pages is included in the regular
registration fee. The additional paper and page charge is CZK 1000 per
page. Any additional paper is treated as extra pages. An extra page charge
is CZK 1000 per page. An author with more than one paper pays the
additional paper rates unless a co-author has also registered and paid the
full registration fee. In the case of uncertainty, feel free to contact
the organising committee for clarification. As in previous years, we will
do our best to ensure grants for the prospective TSD participants from
economically less powerful countries, especially the countries of the
former Soviet Union and its satellites. By now we are negotiating with our
partner supporting organisations about the form and amount of the grants.


LOCATION

The city of Plzen (Pilsen) is situated in Western Bohemia at the
confluence of four rivers. With its 170,000 inhabitants it is the fourth
largest city in the Czech Republic and an important industrial,
commercial, and administrative centre. It is also the capital of the
Pilsen Region. In addition, it has been selected as the European capital
of culture for 2015 by the Council of the European Union.

Pilsen is well-known for its brewing tradition. The trademark
Pilsner-Urquell has a good reputation all over the world thanks to the
traditional recipe, high quality hops and good groundwater. Beer lovers
will also appreciate a visit to the Brewery Museum or the Brewery itself.

Apart from its delicious beer, Pilsen hides lots of treasures in its core.
The city can boast the second largest synagogue in Europe. The dominant of
the old part of the city center is definitely the 13th-century Gothic
cathedral featuring the highest tower in Bohemia (102.34 m). It is
possible to go up  and admire the view of the city. Not far from the
cathedral is the splendid Renaissance Town Hall from 1558 and plenty of
pleasant cafes and pubs are situated on and around the main square.

There is also the beautiful Pilsen Historical Underground - under the city
center, a complex network of passageways and cellars can be found. They
are about 14 km long and visitors can see the most beautiful part of this
labyrinth during the tour. It is recommended to visit the City Zoological
Garden, having the second largest space for bears in Europe and keeping
several Komodo dragons, large lizards which exist only in a few zoos in
the world.

The University of West Bohemia in Pilsen provides a variety of courses for
both Czech and international students. It is the only institution of
higher education in this part of the country which prepares students for
careers in engineering (electrical and mechanical), science (computer
science, applied mathematics, physics, and mechanics), education (both
primary and secondary), economics, philosophy, politics, archeology,
anthropology, foreign languages, law and public administration, art and
design.

GETTING THERE

The city has access from the D5 motorway connecting Prague (Praha) with
Germany. Pilsen has very good bus and train connections with the capital
of Prague (it takes about 1 - 1.5 hour to get from Prague to Pilsen).
>From Vaclav Havel Airport Prague (PRG) you can reach Pilsen by frequent
public transport in 1.5 - 2 hours.

ACCOMMODATION

The organising committee has arranged accommodation for reasonable prices
in the angelo Hotel Pilsen, which is situated in the city center in
walking distance from the main railway station and opposite to the
historical entrance of the Pilsner Urquell Brewery. There are a lot of
restaurants in hotel neighbourhood offering specialities of national and
foreign cuisine. Student halls of residence will be also available at the
time of conference. 

ADDRESS

All correspondence regarding the conference should be addressed to:
Ms  Anna  Habernalova, TSD 2013 Conference Secretary
E-mail: tsd2013_(at)_tsdconference.org
Phone: +420 722 375 005
Fax: +420 377 632 402 - Please, mark the faxed material with capitals
                        'TSD' on top.
TSD 2013 conference web site: http://www.tsdconference.org/tsd2013
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