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Thursday, August 20, 2015 by Chris Wellekens

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3-2-1(2015-09-02) SIGDIAL 2015 CONFERENCE
Preliminary Call for Papers SIGDIAL 2015 CONFERENCE Wednesday, September 2 to Friday, September 4, 2015 The 16th Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue 
(SIGDIAL 2015) will be located in Prague, Czech Republic. SIGDIAL will be held September 2-4. The SIGDIAL venue provides a regular forum for the presentation of cutting edge research 
in discourse and dialogue to both academic and industry researchers. Continuing with a series 
of fifteen successful previous meetings, this conference spans the research interest areas of 
discourse and dialogue. The conference is sponsored by the SIGdial organization, which serves 
as the Special Interest Group in discourse and dialogue for both ACL and ISCA. TOPICS OF INTEREST We welcome formal, corpus-based, system-building or analytical work on discourse and 
dialogue including but not restricted to the following themes and topics: - Discourse Processing and Dialogue Systems - Corpora, Tools and Methodology - Pragmatic and/or Semantic Modeling - Computational Sociolinguistics - Collaborative Process Analysis - Dimensions of Interaction - Open Domain Dialogue - Style, Voice and Personality in Spoken Dialogue and Written Text - Applications of Dialogue and Discourse Processing Technology - Novel Methods for Generation Within Dialogue SUBMISSIONS Special Session Proposals The SIGDIAL organizers welcome the submission of special session proposals. A SIGDIAL special 
session is the length of a regular session at the conference; may be organized as a poster session,
 a poster session with panel discussion, or an oral presentation session. Special sessions may, 
at the discretion of the SIGDIAL organizers, be held as parallel sessions. Those wishing to 
organize a special session should prepare a two-page proposal containing: a summary of the
 topic of the special session; a list of organizers and sponsors; a list of people who may submit 
and participate; and a requested format (poster/panel/oral session). These proposals should be 
sent to conference[at] by the special session proposal deadline. Special session 
proposals will be reviewed jointly by the general and program co-chairs. Papers The program committee welcomes the submission of long papers, short papers, and 
demonstration descriptions. All accepted submissions will be published in the conference 
proceedings. - Long papers may, at the discretion of the technical program committee, be accepted for oral 
or poster presentation. They must be no longer than 8 pages, including title, content, and 
examples. Two additional pages are allowed for references and appendices, which may include 
extended example discourses or dialogues, algorithms, graphical representations, etc. - Short papers will be presented as posters. They should be no longer than 4 pages, including
 title and content. One additional page is allowed for references and appendices. - Demonstration papers should be no longer than 3 pages, including references. A separate 
one-page document should be provided to the program co-chairs for demonstration descriptions, 
specifying furniture and equipment needed for the demo. Authors of a submission may designate their paper to be considered for a SIGDIAL special 
session, which would highlight a particular area or topic. All papers will undergo regular peer 
review. Papers that have been or will be submitted to other meetings or publications must provide this
 information (see submission format). A paper accepted for presentation at SIGDIAL 2015 must 
not have been presented at any other meeting with publicly available proceedings. Any questions 
regarding submissions can be sent to the program co-chairs at program-chairs[at] Authors are encouraged to submit additional supportive material such as video clips or sound 
clips and examples of available resources for review purposes. Submission is electronic using paper submission software. FORMAT All long, short, and demonstration submissions should follow the two-column ACL 2015 format. 
We strongly recommend the use of ACL LaTeX style files or Microsoft Word style files tailored for 
the ACL 2015 conference. Submissions must conform to the official ACL 2015 style guidelines 
ACL 2015 style guidelines, and they must be electronic in PDF. As in most previous years, submissions will not be anonymous. Papers may include 
authors' names and affiliations, and self-references are allowed. MENTORING SERVICE For several years, the SIGDIAL conference has offered a mentoring service. Submissions with 
innovative core ideas that may need language (English) or organizational assistance will be 
flagged for 'mentoring' and conditionally accepted with recommendation to revise with a mentor.
 An experienced mentor who has previously published in the SIGDIAL venue will then help the 
authors of these flagged papers prepare their submissions for publication. Any questions about 
the mentoring service can be addressed to the mentoring chair Svetlana Stoyanchev at 
mentoring[at] STUDENT SUPPORT SIGDIAL also offers a limited number of scholarships for students presenting a paper accepted 
to the conference. Application materials will be posted at the conference website. BEST PAPER AWARDS In order to recognize significant advancements in dialogue and discourse science and technology,
SIGDIAL will recognize two best paper awards. A selection committee consisting of prominent 
researchers in the fields of interest will select the recipients of the awards. SPONSOR THE CONFERENCE SIGDIAL offers a number of opportunities for sponsors. For more information, email the 
sponsorships chair Kristy Boyer at sponsor-chair[at] DIALOGUE AND DISCOURSE SIGDIAL authors are encouraged to submit their research to the journal Dialogue and Discourse, 
which is endorsed by SIGdial. IMPORTANT DATES Special Session Proposal Deadline: Sunday, 15 March 2015 (23:59, GMT-11) Special Session Notification: Monday, 30 March 2015 Long, Short and Demonstration Paper Submission Deadline: Thursday, 30 April 2015 
(23:59, GMT-11) Long, Short and Demonstration Paper Notification: Friday, 12 June 2015 Final Paper Submission Deadline (mentored papers only): Monday, 13 July 2015 Final Paper Submission Deadline (all types except for mentored papers): Monday, 20 July 2015 Conference: Wednesday, 2 September 2015 to Friday, 4 September 2015 ORGANIZING COMMITTEE General Co-Chairs Alexander Koller, University of Potsdam, Germany Gabriel Skantze, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden Technical Program Co-Chairs Masahiro Araki, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan Carolyn Penstein Rose, Carnegie Mellon University, USA Mentoring Chair Svetlana Stoyanchev, AT&T, USA Local Chair Filip Jurcicek, Charles University, Czech Republic Sponsorships Chair Kristy Boyer, North Carolina State University, USA SIGdial President Amanda Stent, Yahoo! Labs, USA SIGdial Vice President Jason Williams, Microsoft Research, USA SIGdial Secretary/Treasurer Kristiina Jokinen, University of Helsinki, Finland

3-2-2(2015-09-06) Workshop on Rodmap for Conversational Interactive Technologies (Rockit), Dresden, Germany

Dear colleagues,

Rockit ( ) is an EU coordinated support action with the
goal of establishing a roadmap about the future of Conversational Interaction
Technologies. The resulting roadmap will be communicated to the EC to influence the
future European funding priorities setting, as well as it will coordinate and guide
research and business communities efforts. To this end, the Conversational Interaction
Technology Innovation Alliance (CITIA, ) has been founded.

Last year, we have collected input from some experts in the area which has been condensed
into a draft roadmap. You can get an overview from the white paper: .
For the scientific side, you can download a screen shots of the road map from .

At this years Interspeech, we plan to refine the roadmap. To this end, we will hold a
roadmapping workshop on Sunday September 6th from 14:00 to 17:00 in Dresden. The plan is
to introduce you to the present version of the roadmap. We will be discussing in more
details the links between commerce/social goods and the science so that we can make a
better, more coherent case for future funding. To participate, you should be willing to
read the products/services part of the roadmap, look at the science plan in one field,
and critique it.

For planning purposes a quick reply to would be

Hope to see you in Dresden

Steve Renals and Dietrich Klakow


3-2-3(2015-11-09) CFP Conference on multimodal interaction (ICMI 2015), Seattle, USA

Call for Contributions


ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI 2015)

November 9-13, 2015, Seattle, WA, USA



ICMI is the premier international forum for multidisciplinary research on multimodal interaction and multimodal interfaces. The conference focuses on theoretical and empirical foundations, component technologies, and combined multimodal processing techniques that define the field of multimodal interaction analysis, interface design, and integrative, multimodal system development.

ICMI'2015 will take place between November 9th and 13th at Motif Hotel in Seattle (USA). The main conference is single-track and includes: keynote speakers, technical full and short papers (including oral and poster presentations), special sessions, demonstrations, exhibits and doctoral spotlight papers. The conference will also feature workshops and grand challenges. The proceedings of ICMI'2015 will be published by ACM as part of their series of International Conference Proceedings.


Calls for Contributions (chronological order):


* Grand Challenge Proposals. Deadline: February 21, 2015


* Workshop Proposals. Deadline: April 11, 2015


* Long and Short Papers. Deadline: May 15, 2015


* Doctoral Consortium Papers. Deadline: July 14, 2015


* Demonstration Proposals. Deadline: August 14, 2015

* Exhibit Proposals. Deadline: September 4, 2015





* Multimodal signal and interaction processing technologies

                - Multimodal signal processing, inference, and input fusion

                - Combinations of signals and semantic interpretations

                - Multimodal output planning and coordination

                - Machine learning approaches for multimodal signals

* Multimodal models for human-human and human-machine interaction

                - Multimodal models for human communication dynamics

                - Models for physically situated human-robot/computer interaction

                - Models for multiparty, group and social interaction

                - Affective computing and interaction models

                - Models for long-term multimodal interaction

* Multimodal data, evaluation and tools

                - Multimodal corpora, resources and tools

                - Evaluation methodologies, assessment and metrics

                - Multimodal annotation methodologies and coding schemes

                - Design issues, principles and best practices for multimodal interfaces

* Multimodal systems and applications

                - Ambient intelligence and smart environments

                - Human-robot interaction and embodied conversational agents

                - Multimodal interfaces for internet-of-things

                - Meeting spaces and meeting analysis systems

                - Multimodal mobile applications


For more information, please visit the conference website:



3-2-4(2016-05-31) Speech Prosody 2016, Boston University, Boston,MA, USA

Speech Prosody 2016, the eighth international conference on speech prosody,will be held at the Boston University from May 31st till June 3rd 2016. It invites papers addressing any aspect of the science and technology of prosody. Speech Prosody, the biennial meeting of the Speech Prosody Special Interest Group (SProSIG) of the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA), is the only recurring international conference focused on prosody as an organizing principle for the social, psychological, linguistic, and technological aspects of spoken language. Past conferences in Aix-en-Provence, Nara, Dresden, Campinas, Chicago, Shanghai and Dublin have each attracted 300-400 delegates, including experts in the fields of Linguistics, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Speech and Hearing Science, Psychology, and related disciplines.



Important Deadlines

  • Submission for Proposals for Special Sessions: Sept 15, 2015
  • Announcement of Special Sessions: Oct 1, 2015
  • Submission of Regular Papers: November 15, 2015
  • Notification of Acceptance (by email): January 15, 2016
  • Early Registration Deadline: February 15, 2016
  • Author's Registration Deadline: March 1, 2016
  • Conference: May 31-June 3,2016

Review Areas


  1. Phonology and phonetics of prosody
  2. Prosody of under-resourced languages  and dialects
  3. Signal processing
  4. Audiovisual prosody modeling and analysis
  5. Rhythm and timing
  6. Communicative situation and speaking style
  7. Prosody in computational linguistics
  8. Prosodic aspects of speech and language pathology
  9. Acquisition of first language prosody
  10. Psycholinguistic, cognitive, neural correlates of prosody
  11. Syntax, semantics, and pragmatics
  12. Meta-linguistic and para-linguistic communication
  13. Prosody in language and music
  14. Voice quality, phonation, and vocal dynamics
  15. Prosody in Tone Languages
  16. Prosody of sign language
  17. Prosody in language contact and second language acquisition
  18. Prosody in automatic speech synthesis, recognition and understanding

3-2-5Forthcoming ISCA Tutorial and Research Workshops (ITRWs) & Sponsored Events

Forthcoming ISCA Tutorial and Research Workshops (ITRWs) & Sponsored Events


  • SIGDIAL 2015 : 16th Annual SIGdial meeting on Discourse and Dialogue (Interspeech 2015 satellite)
    2-4 September 2015, Prague, Czech Republic

  • HSCR2015 : Workshop on the History of Speech Communication Research
    5 September 2015, Technische Sammlungen, Dresden, Germany

  • SLaTE 2015 : Workshop on speech and Language Technology for Education (Interspeech 2015 satellite)
    4-5 September 2015, Leipzig, Germany as a Satellite Workshop to INTERSPEECH 2015

  • SLPAT 2015 : Workshop on Speech and Language Processing for Assistive Technologies
    11 September 2015, Dresden, Germany, as a Satellite Workshop to INTERSPEECH 2015

  • IWSR 2015 : International Workshop on Speech Robotics
    11 September 2015, as a Satellite Workshop to INTERSPEECH 2015

  • SAT4DH 2015 : Speech and Audio Technologies for the Digital Humanities
    11 September 2015, Leipzig, Germany, as a Satellite Workshop to INTERSPEECH 2015

  • ERRARE 2015 : Errors by Humans and Machines in multimedia, multimodal and multilingual data processing
    11-13 September 2015, Sinaia (Romania), as a Satellite Workshop to INTERSPEECH 2015

  • AVSP 2015 (FAAVSP) : The 1st Joint Conference on Facial Analysis, Animation and Auditory-Visual Speech Processing
    11-13 September 2015, Vienna, Austria, as a Satellite Workshop to INTERSPEECH 2015

  • MediaEval 2015 : Multimedia Evaluation Benchmark
    14-15 September 2015, as a Satellite Workshop to INTERSPEECH 2015

  • SPECOM 2015 : 17th international conference on Speech and Computer
    20-24 September 2015, Athens, Greece


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