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Category:   E-CFP
Subject:   YRRSDS08 Final Call (Extended Deadline)
Email:   robertr_(on)_informatik.uni-bremen.de
Date received:   07 May 2008
Deadline:   13 May 2008
Start date:   21 Jun 2008

--- apologies for cross posting ----- Young Researchers' Roundtable on Spoken Dialog Systems June 21st, 2008, Columbus, Ohio, Sponsored by VoiceObjects, Nuance, AT&T, Microsoft Research, & SpeechStorm Final Call for Participation ****Extended Deadline : Tuesday 13th May**** The Young Researchers' Roundtable on Spoken Dialog Systems is an annual workshop designed for students, post docs, and junior researchers working in research related to spoken dialogue systems in both academia and industry. The roundtable provides an open forum where participants can discuss their research interests, current work and future plans. The workshop is meant to provide an interdisciplinary forum for creative thinking about current issues in spoken dialogue systems research, and help create a stronger international network of young researchers working in the field. The workshop is co-located with ACL 2008 and will occur the day after the 9th SIGdial workshop. Workshop Format Workshop events will include small informal discussion groups, a larger Question & Answers style discussion with senior researchers from academia and industry, and an opt-in demo presentation session. There will also be time for participants to have informal discussions over coffee with senior researchers on potential career opportunities. The small discussion groups are intended to allow participants to exchange ideas on key research topics, and identify issues that are likely to be important in the coming years. The results of each discussion group will then be presented and discussed in plenary sessions. The topics for discussion are still open and will be determined by participant submissions and finalized online before the workshop. Potential participants should submit a short paper, as described below in the submission process, to get accepted to the workshop. In addition to the traditional one day event, a half day extension on the topic of "Frameworks and Grand Challenges for Dialog System Evaluation" is under consideration for the morning of June 22nd, 2008. The aim of this extra session is to provide an opportunity for dialog systems researchers to discuss issues of evaluation, and hopefully determine an agenda for a future evaluation event or framework. Organization of this extended event will depend on interest; we therefore, as described below, invite potential participants to indicate their interest with their YRR08 submission. Submission Process We invite participation from students, post docs, and junior researchers in academia or industry who are currently working in spoken dialog systems research. We also invite participation from those who are working in related fields such as linguistics, psychology, or speech processing, as applied to spoken dialogue systems. Please note that by 'young researchers' the workshop's organizers mean to target students and researchers in the field who are at a relatively early stage of their careers, and in no way mean to imply that participants must meet certain age restrictions. Potential participants should submit a 2-page position paper and suggest topics for discussion and whether they would be interested in attending the extended session on Sunday morning. A template and specific submission instructions are available on http://www.yrrsds.org/. Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis until the maximum number of participants for the workshop (50) is reached, or until the submission deadline (May 13th, 2008) is reached. Proceedings from previous years' workshops are also available on our web site. Specific questions can be directed to the organizing committee at yrr08-organizers__AT_googlegroups_DOT_com Financial Support through ISCA The Young Researchers Roundtable is to be supported this year by ISCA, the International Speech Communication Association, who will consider applications for a limited number of travel grants for the roundtable. Applications should be send directly to grants_(at)_isca-speech.org, details of the application process and forms are available from http://www.isca-speech.org/grants.html. Closing date for applications is May, 24th. Important Dates Submission deadline: May 13th, 2008 (Extended) Notification: May 20th, 2008 Registration begins: to be announced Workshop: June 21st, 2008 Organizing Committee Hua Ai, Intelligent Systems Program, University of Pittsburgh, USA Carlos Gómez Gallo, Department of Computer Science, University of Rochester, USA Robert J. Ross, Department of Computer Science, University of Bremen, Germany Sabrina Wilske, Department of Computational Linguistics, Saarland University, Germany Andi Winterboer, Institute for Communicating and Collaborative Systems, University of Edinburgh, UK Craig Wootton, University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland Local Organization Tim Weale, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, The Ohio State University, USA Advisory Committee John Bateman, University of Bremen, Germany Robert Dale, Macquarie University, Australia Sudeep Gandhe, University of Southern California, USA Stefan Hamerich, Harman/Becker Automotive Systems, Germany Hartwig Holzapfel, University of Karlsruhe, Germany Kristiina Jokinen, University of Helsinki, Finland Tatsuya Kawahara, Kyoto University, Japan Alistair Knott, Otago University, New Zealand Geert-Jan Kruijff, DFKI Language Technology, Germany Diane Litman, University of Pittsburgh, USA Michael McTear, University of Ulster, UK Helen Meng, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Johanna Moore, University of Edinburgh, UK Ian O'Neill, Queen’s University Belfast, UK Tim Paek, Microsoft Research, USA Verena Rieser, University of Edinburgh, UK Antonio Roque, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA David Schlangen, University of Potsdam, Germany Marilyn Walker, University of Sheffield, UK Fuliang Weng, Bosch Research, USA Wieneke Wesseling, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands Michael White, Ohio State University, USA _______________________________________________ Elsnet-list mailing list Elsnet-list_(at)_elsnet.org http://mailman.elsnet.org/mailman/listinfo/elsnet-list

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