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Category:   E-CFP
Subject:   International CLASS Workshop: 2nd CFP
From:   Jan van Kuppevelt
Email:   kuppevel_(on)_ims.uni-stuttgart.de
Date received:   14 Mar 2002
Deadline:   31 Mar 2002
Start date:   28 Jun 2002

2nd Announcement (we apologize if you receive this message more than once) *** International CLASS Workshop *** on Natural, Intelligent and Effective Interaction in Multimodal Dialogue Systems Copenhagen, Denmark 28-29 June 2002 Detailed and more up to date information may be found at the workshop webpage: http://www.class-tech.org/ev ents/NMI_workshop2.html Invited Speakers/Contributors (nearly all confirmed): Tim Bickmore and Justine Cassell (MIT Media Lab), Phil Cohen (Oregon Graduate Institute), Ronald Cole (University of Colorado at Boulder), Bjoern Granstroem (KTH, Stockholm), Dominic Massaro (UCSC), Candy Sidner (MERL, Cambridge, MA), Oliviero Stock (ITC-IRST), Wolfgang Wahlster (DFKI), Yorick Wilks (University of Sheffield), GENERAL DESCRIPTION Following up on the CLASS workshop in Verona (Italy, 14-15 December 2001), this workshop will concentrate on innovative and challenging approaches on natural, intelligent and effective interaction in multimodal dialogue systems. The aim of the workshop is to bring together theoretically and practically oriented researchers from both academia and industry with the purpose of having a thorough, fruitful and representative discussion of the topic area in an international setting. CLASS SPONSORSHIP The workshop is sponsored by the European CLASS project (http://www.class-tech.org/) which was initiated on the request of the European Commission with the purpose of supporting and stimulating collaboration within and among Human Language Technology (HLT) projects, as well as between HLT projects and relevant projects outside Europe. Currently, CLASS comprises 42 projects and 220 registered members. TOPICS OF INTEREST We welcome papers describing theoretical or practical research on multimodal dialogue systems. The focus of the workshop is on natural, intelligent and effective multimodal interaction. Topics of interest include: * Multimodal Signal Processing Models for multimodal signal recognition and synthesis, including combinations of speech (emotional speech and meaningful intonation for speech), text, graphics, music, gesture, face and facial expression, and (embodied) animated or anthropomorphic conversational agents. * Multimodal Communication Management Dialogue management models for mixed initiative conversational and user-adaptive natural and multimodal interaction, including models for collaboration and multi- party conversation. * Multimodal Miscommunication Management Multimodal strategies for handling or preventing miscommunication, in particular multimodal repair and correction strategies, clarification strategies for ambiguous or conflicting multimodal information, and multimodal grounding and feedback strategies. * Multimodal Interpretation and Response Planning Interpretation and response planning on the basis of multimodal dialogue context, including (context-semantic) models for the common representation of multimodal content, as well as innovative concepts/technologies on the relation between multimodal interpretation and generation. * Reasoning in Intelligent Multimodal Dialogue Systems Non-monotonic reasoning techniques required for intelligent interaction in various types of multimodal dialogue systems, including techniques needed for multimodal input interpretation, for reasoning about the user(s), and for the coordination and integration of multimodal input and output. * Choice and Coordination of Media and Modalities Diagnostic tools and technologies for choosing the appropriate media and input and output modalities for the application and task under consideration, as well as theories and technologies for natural and effective multimodal response presentation. * Multimodal Corpora, Tools and Schemes Training corpora, testsuites and benchmarks for multimodal dialogue systems, including corpus tools and schemes for multilevel and multimodal coding and annotation. * Architectures for Multimodal Dialogue Systems New architectures for multimodal interpretation and response planning, including issues of reusability and portability, as well as architectures for the next generation of multi-party conversational interfaces to distributed information. * Evaluation of Multimodal Dialogue Systems Current practice and problematic issues in the standardization of subjective and objective multimodal evaluation metrics, including evaluation models allowing for adequate task fulfilment measurements, comparative judgements across different domain tasks, as well as models showing how evaluation translates into targeted, component-wise improvements of systems and aspects. WORKSHOP FORMAT Although the workshop has an open character implying that plenty of room is available for the presentation of papers from researchers from all over the world, the workshop will contain invited contributions from a group of 10 specially qualified researchers with a balanced composition of workshop-relevant expertise. Part of the group is selected from the broad CLASS community; part of them are internationally leading researchers from outside CLASS. Invited contributors will also participate in the panel session organized by the co-chairs of the workshop program committee. SUBMISSION OF FULL AND SHORT PAPERS In addition to papers for full plenary presentation, we encourage the submission of short papers in combination with a very short presentation in the plenary session followed by a poster presentation. Full papers must be no longer than 10 pages, including references, examples, algorithms, graphical representations, etc. Short papers should be 4 pages maximally. Full and short papers should be sent electronically to the e-mail address classworkshop2002_(on)_i ms.uni-stuttgart.de and must be received no later than 31 March 2002. Stylefiles are available at the workshop webpage: http://www.class-tech.org/ev ents/NMI_workshop2.html. Papers should be submitted in pdf or postscript format. The title page should include the following information (no separate title page is needed): - Title - Authors' names, affiliations, and email addresses - Abstract (up to 15 lines) - List of relevant keywords IMPORTANT DATES Submission of full and short papers: 31 March 2002 Notification of acceptance: 30 April 2002 Final submissions: 31 May 2002 Workshop: 28-29 June 2002 WORKSHOP PUBLICATIONS Full papers and short papers will be published in the workshop proceedings. In addition to the group of invited contributors, authors of a selected number of papers accepted for the workshop proceedings will be asked to send in an extended and updated version of their paper for publication in a book that will be published by Kluwer Academic Publishers (TLTB book series). In order to guarantee full coherence of the book, we might invite some workshop-external researchers to contribute a chapter to the book as well. PANEL SESSIONS In addition to the presentation of full and short papers in the plenary session, we will organize the following panel discussion on the main theme of the workshop: Natural Multimodal Interaction: Current Practice and Future Research Members of this panel session will be invited contributors. Panellists will be asked to send in a short position abstract before the workshop. After the workshop, a written summary of this panel session will be available at the CLASS sub-website on Natural and Multimodal Interactivity (http://www.class-tech.org/nmi/ ). We intend to make available a video or audio recording as well. Further, we strongly encourage proposals for a second panel session related to the main topic of the workshop or some special subtopic. The deadline for panel session proposals is 30 April 2002. Proposals can also be sent to the workshop e-mail address (classworkshop2002_(on)_i ms.uni-stuttgart.de) and should contain the following information: - title of the proposed panel session - a brief description of the suggested topic of the panel session, including an explanation of why this topic is relevant for the field - a list of suggested panellists Questions on panel session proposals may be directed to the chairs of the workshop program committee at classworkshop2002_(on)_i ms.uni-stuttgart.de PROGRAM COMMITTEE Co-Chairs Niels Ole Bernsen (NISLab, Odense University) Jan van Kuppevelt (University of Stuttgart) Reviewers (nearly all confirmed) * Elisabeth Andre (University of Augsburg) * Tim Bickmore and Justine Cassell (MIT Media Lab) * Louis Boves (Nijmegen University) * Phil Cohen (Oregon Graduate Institute) * Ronald Cole (University of Colorado at Boulder) * John Dowding (RIACS) * Laila Dybkjaer (NISLab, Odense University) * Bjoern Granstroem (KTH, Stockholm), * Jean-Claude Martin (LIMSI-CNRS) * Dominic Massaro (UCSC) * Catherine Pelachaud (University of Rome "La Sapienza") * Thomas Rist (DFKI) * Alex Rudnicky (Carnegie Mellon University) * Candy Sidner (MERL, Cambridge, MA) * Mark Steedman (University of Edinburgh) * William Swartout (ICT, USC) * Oliviero Stock (ITC-IRST) * Wolfgang Wahlster (DFKI) * Alex Waibel (Carnegie Mellon University) * Yorick Wilks (University of Sheffield) ORGANIZING COMMITTEE Niels Ole Bernsen, Laila Dybkjaer, Jan van Kuppevelt. CONTACT INFORMATION Questions about submission and review process: Jan van Kuppevelt <kuppevelt_(on)_ims.uni-stuttgart .de> Questions about local issues: Laila Dybkjaer <laila_(on)_nis.sdu.dk> Miscellaneous: Niels Ole Bernsen <nob_(on)_nis.sdu.dk>

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