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Category:   E-CFP
Subject:   Information Presentation & Natural Multimodal Dialogue
From:   Ivana Alfaro
Email:   alfaro_(on)_itc.it
Date received:   27 Aug 2001
Deadline:   15 Sep 2001
Start date:   14 Dec 2001

Call for papers and participation International Workshop on Information Presentation and Natural Multimodal Dialogue Verona, Italy 14-15 December 2001 http://i3p-class.itc.it/eve nts/ipnmd2001.html Recently, the two research areas of Intelligent Interactive Information Presentation and Natural and Multimodal Interactivity have emerged as key requirements for the usability and effectiveness of information systems. * Intelligent Interactive Information Presentation relates to the ability of a computer system to automatically produce multimodal information presentations, taking into account the specifics about the user, such as needs, interests, or knowledge, and engaging in a collaborative interaction that helps the retrieval of relevant information and its understanding on the part of the user. In order to build intelligent multimodal interactive presentation systems, different technologies must be exploited synergistically, such as natural language generation, language-based interaction and advanced user modelling. Also, the media and modalities used impose further constraints. For instance, the same meaning can be conveyed differently according to the communication channels available for the specific application setting. In particular, when several media and modalities are involved, presentations require their appropriate co-ordination. * Natural and Multimodal Interactivity has the goal of ultimately supporting people in communicating with an information system in the same ways in which they would communicate with one another. This requires not only natural output presentation but also that users are able to present input to the computer in ways which feel natural to them, e.g. by talking to the computer whilst also pointing with the hand/arm and wrinkling the eyebrows, all of which is being understood by the system. The construction of natural interactive and multimodal systems requires equal focus on input and output so that technologies such as natural language understanding, dialogue management, speech and other signal processing techniques are needed in addition to those required for output presentation. Moreover, the issue of choosing the appropriate media and modalities for the application at hand increases in complexity when both input and output must be taken into account. Workshop Goal The aim of the workshop is to bring together researchers from the fields of Natural Language Generation, Conversational Spoken Dialogue, Multimodal Communication, Life-like Characters, Adaptive Hypermedia, User Modelling, and technologists interested in new media and modalities. Submitted abstracts should present innovative results or introduce challenging issues in at least one of the two areas mentioned above in order to stimulate discussion. The workshop will include short presentations and brainstorming sessions initiated by invited speakers. Authors of some selected abstracts will be invited to submit a full version of their papers to be published in an international journal. The workshop is sponsored by the CLASS Project, funded by the Human Language Technologies (HLT), which is part of the Information Society Technologies Programme of the EC's 5th Framework. CLASS (http://www.class-tech.org) was created on the request of the European Commission for the purpose of stimulating cross-project collaborations among HLT projects and between HLT projects and relevant projects world-wide, and for suggesting how the Commission can better support and meet the needs of advanced HLT research projects. Researchers working on European projects are particularly encouraged to submit abstracts to the workshop. Instruction for authors * Authors are requested to send an extended abstract of three pages, including a list of keywords and most relevant references. * Abstracts should be sent in PDF or PS formats to class-ws_(on)_itc.it Important dates: Paper submission: 15 September 2001 Acceptance notification: 5 October 2001 Workshop: 14-15 December 2001 Program Committee: Elisabeth André, University of Augsburg, Germany Niels Ole Bernsen, NISLab, Denmark Justine Cassell, MIT, USA Phil Cohen, OGI, USA Laila Dybkjær, NISLab, Denmark Elena Not, ITC-irst, Italy Catherine Pelachaud, University of Rome "La Sapienza", Italy Fiorella de Rosis, University of Bari, Italy Donia Scott, University of Brighton, UK Oliviero Stock, ITC-irst, Italy Wolfgang Wahlster, DFKI, Germany Massimo Zancanaro, ITC-irst, Italy Venue: The workshop will be held in the heart of historical Verona (http://tourism.verona.it), located only a few minutes from Verona's International Airport and only an hour and a half by train from Milan and Venice. The workshop will take place at the prestigious Due Torri Hotel (+39 045 595 044) (http://www.baglionihotels.com), set on a thirteenth century mansion and located adjacent to the city's major tourist attractions, cultural centre, and shopping areas. A limited number of rooms have been reserved until 31 October 2001, at the special rate of approximately 114 Euros/single occupancy and 95 Euros/double occupancy per person, per night. All workshop participants are requested to register, however, there will be no fee for participation. Conference costs, lunch and coffee breaks at the hotel will be covered by CLASS. The workshop will be inaugurated with a welcome dinner to be held on Thursday, 13 December 2001, followed by a talk by an invited speaker.

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