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[PVS] TSD 2008 Last Call for Participation



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                TSD 2008 - LAST CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
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Eleventh International Conference on TEXT, SPEECH and DIALOGUE (TSD 2008)
              Brno, Czech Republic, 8-12 September 2008
                    http://www.tsdconference.org/

The conference is organized by the Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk
University, Brno, and the Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of
West Bohemia, Pilsen.  The conference is supported by International
Speech Communication Association.


IMPORTANT DATES

September 8-12 2008 ..... Conference date


CONFERENCE PROGRAM

    The detailed conference program with links to presentation
    abstracts is now available on the conference web page
    http://www.tsdconference.org/tsd2008/tsd_prog.html

    The conference fee covers also a Welcome dinner on Tuesday, a night
    guided tour of Brno and the half day conference trip on Thursday to the
    Castle of Pernstejn, the Cerna Hora Moravian brewery with the
    conference dinner, and a night tour to the Chateau of Rajec nad
    Svitavou.


KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

    Jerry Hobbs, ISI USC, USA
    Deep Lexical Semantics

    Frederick Jelinek, USA
    Toward the Ultimate ASR Language Model

    Elizabeth Shriberg, SRI, USA
    Practical Prosody: Modeling Language Beyond the Words

    Graeme Hirst, University of Toronto, Canada
    The Future of Text-Meaning in Computational Linguistics


VENUE: Hotel AVANTI, Brno, Czech Republic


CONFERENCE FEES

The conference fee depends on the date of payment and on your status.
It includes one copy of the printed Springer LNCS proceedings,
refreshments, social events and organizing costs. The fee does not
include accommodation.

Full participant:
    On-site payment:                CZK 12,000

Student:
    On-site payment:                CZK 10,000

All costs are in Czech Crowns (Czech Koruna, CZK), see e.g.
http://www.xe.com/ucc/ for the current exchange rate.


TSD SERIES

TSD series evolved as a prime forum for interaction between
researchers in both spoken and written language processing from the
former East Block countries and their Western colleagues. Proceedings
of TSD form a book published by Springer-Verlag in their Lecture Notes
in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI) series (as Volume 5246 this year).


TOPICS

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

    text corpora and tagging
    transcription problems in spoken corpora
    sense disambiguation
    links between text and speech oriented systems
    parsing issues
    parsing problems in spoken texts
    multi-lingual issues
    multi-lingual dialogue systems
    information retrieval and information extraction
    text/topic summarization
    machine translation
    semantic networks and ontologies
    semantic web
    speech modeling
    speech segmentation
    speech recognition
    search in speech for IR and IE
    text-to-speech synthesis
    dialogue systems
    development of dialogue strategies
    prosody in dialogues
    emotions and personality modeling
    user modeling
    knowledge representation in relation to dialogue systems
    assistive technologies based on speech and dialogue
    applied systems and software
    facial animation
    visual speech synthesis

Papers on processing languages other than English are strongly
encouraged.


PROGRAM COMMITTEE

    Frederick Jelinek, USA (general chair)
    Hynek Hermansky, Switzerland (executive chair)
    Eneko Agirre, Spain
    Genevieve Baudoin, France
    Jan Cernocky, Czech Republic
    Attila Ferencz, Romania
    Alexander Gelbukh, Mexico
    Louise Guthrie, GB
    Jan Hajic, Czech Republic
    Eva Hajicova, Czech Republic
    Patrick Hanks, 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
    Hermann Ney, Germany
    Elmar Noeth, Germany
    Karel Oliva, Czech Republic
    Karel Pala, Czech Republic
    Nikola Pavesic, Slovenia
    Vladimir Petkevic, Czech Republic
    Fabio Pianesi, Italy
    Josef Psutka, Czech Republic
    James Pustejovsky, USA
    Leon Rothkrantz, The Netherlands
    Ernst G. Schukat-Talamazzini, Germany
    Pavel Skrelin, Russia
    Pavel Smrz, Czech Republic
    Marko Tadic, Croatia
    Tamas Varadi, Hungary
    Zygmunt Vetulani, Poland
    Taras Vintsiuk, Ukraine
    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.

Social events including a trip in the vicinity of Brno will allow
for additional informal interactions.


OFFICIAL LANGUAGE

The official language of the conference is English.


ADDRESS

All correspondence regarding the conference should be
addressed to
    
    Dana Hlavackova, TSD 2008
    Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University
    Botanicka 68a, 602 00 Brno, Czech Republic
    phone: +420-5-49 49 33 29
    fax: +420-5-49 49 18 20
    email: tsd2008@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

The official TSD 2008 homepage is: http://www.tsdconference.org/


LOCATION

Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic with a
population of almost 400,000. The city is the country's judiciary and
trade-fair center. Brno is the capital of Moravia, which is in the
south-east part of the Czech Republic. Brno had been a Royal City
since 1347 and with its six universities it forms also a cultural
center of the region.

Brno can be reached easily by direct flights from London, Moscow,
Barcelona and Prague and by trains or buses from Prague (200 km) or
Vienna (130 km).

For the participants with some extra time, some nearby places may also
be of interest.  Local ones include: Brno Castle now called Spilberk,
Veveri Castle, the Old and New City Halls, the Augustine Monastery
with St. Thomas Church and crypt of Moravian Margraves, Church of St.
James, Cathedral of St. Peter & Paul, Cartesian Monastery in Kralovo
Pole, the famous Villa Tugendhat designed by Mies van der Rohe along
with other important buildings of between-war Czech architecture.

For those willing to venture out of Brno, Moravian Karst with Macocha
Chasm and Punkva caves, battlefield of Battle of three emperors
(Napoleon, Russian Alexander and Austrian Franz - Battle by
Austerlitz), Chateau of Slavkov (Austerlitz), Pernstejn Castle,
Buchlov Castle, Lednice Chateau, Buchlovice Chateau, Letovice Chateau,
Mikulov with one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in Central Europe,
Telc - a town on the UNESCO heritage list, and many others are all
within easy reach.


PRESENTED PAPERS

Marcin Szymanski and Stefan Grocholewski:
Error Prediction-Based Semi-Automatic Segmentation of Speech Databases

Zornitsa Kozareva and Rumen Moraliyski and Gael Dias:
Web People Search with Domain Ranking

Margus Treumuth:
Normalization of Temporal Information in Estonian

Andreas Maier, Julian Exner, Stefan Steidl, Anton Batliner,
Tino Haderlein, Elmar Nöth:
An Extension to the Sammon Mapping for the Robust Visualization
of Speaker Dependencies

Tobias Bocklet, Andreas Maier, Elmar Nöth:
Age Determination of Children in Preschool and Primary School Age with
GMM-Based Supervectors and Support Vector Machines/Regression

Andreas Maier, Alexander Reuß, Christian Hacker, Maria Schuster, Elmar Nöth:
Analysis of Hypernasal Speech in Children with Cleft Lip and Palate

Mare Koit, Olga Gerassimenko, Riina Kasterpalu, Andriela Raabis,
Krista Strandson:
Developing a Dialogue System

Todor Ganchev, Alexandros Lazaridis, Iosif Mporas, Nikos Fakotakis:
Performance Evaluation for Voice Conversion Systems

Wei Qiao, Maosong Sun, Wolfgang Menzel:
Statistical Properties of Overlapping Ambiguities in Chinese Word
Segmentation and a Strategy for Their Disambiguation

Martin Raab, Rainer Gruhn, Elmar Noth:
Multilingual Weighted Codebooks for Non-Native Speech Recognition

Pere R. Comas and Jordi Turmo:
Spoken Document Retrieval Based on Approximated Sequence Alignment

Niksa Jakovljevic, Marko Janev, Darko Pekar, Dragisa Miskovic:
Energy Normalization in Automatic Speech Recognition

Darja Fiser, Benoit Sagot:
Combining Multiple Resources to Build Reliable Wordnets

Milena Slavcheva:
Thinking in Objects

Ladislav Kunc, Jan Kleindienst, Pavel Slavik:
Talking Head as Life Blog

Jaroslava Hlavacova and Marketa Lopatkova:
Variants and Homographs

Jaroslava Hlavacova, Michal Hrusecky:
Affisix: Tool for Prefix Recognition

Hiroki Mori, Tomoyuki Satake, Makoto Nakamura, Hideki Kasuya:
UU Database: A Spoken Dialogue Corpus for Studies on Paralinguistic
Information in Expressive Conversation

Rok Gajsek, Janez Zibert, France Mihelic:
Acoustic Modeling for Speech Recognition in Telephone Based Dialog System
Using Limited Audio Resources

Stanislav Ondas, Jozef Juhar, Anton Cizmar:
Evaluation of the Slovak Spoken Dialogue System Based on ITU-T

Tino Haderlein, Elmar Nöth, Andreas Maier, Maria Schuster, Frank Rosanowski:
Influence of Reading Errors on the Text-Based Automatic Evaluation
of Pathologic Voices

Vaclava Kettnerova, Marketa Lopatkova and Klara Hrstkova:
Semantic Classes in Czech Valency Lexicon

Ivan Kopecek, Radek Oslejsek:
Dialogue-Based Processing of Graphics and Graphical Ontologies

Antti Suni, Martti Vainio:
Deep Syntactic Analysis and Rule Based Accentuation in Text-to-Speech Synthesis

Petr Cerva, Jindrich Zdansky, Jan Silovsky, Jan Nouza:
Study on Speaker Adaptation Methods in the Broadcast News Transcription Task

Adam Przepiorkowski, Michał Marcinczuk, Łukasz Degorski:
Dealing with Small, Noisy and Imbalanced Data

Laura Hasler:
Spoken Requests for Tourist Information

Petr Fousek, Lori Lamel, Jean-Luc Gauvain:
On the Use of MLP Features for Broadcast News Transcription 

Ramón López-Cózar, Zoraida Callejas, Martin Kroul, Jan Nouza, Jan Silovsky:
Two-Level Fusion to Improve Emotion Classification in Spoken Dialogue Systems

Milan Rusko, Sakhia Darjaa, Marian Trnka, Viliam Zeman, Juraj Glovna:
Making Speech Technologies Available in (Serviko) Romani Language

Jaromir Plhak:
Dialogue Based Text Editing

Jan Curin and Jan Kleindienst:
Architecture Model and Tools for Perceptual Dialog Systems

Ana-Maria Barbu:
First Steps in Building a Verb Valency Lexicon for Romanian

Verginica Barbu Mititelu:
Hyponymy Patterns

Rodolfo Pazos and Rene Santaolalaya S. and Juan C. Rojas P., Joaquin Perez O.:
Shedding Light on a Troublesome Issue in NLIDBS

Remi Bove:
A Tagged Corpus-Based Study for Repeats and Self-Repairs Detection
in French Transcribed Speech

Kaili Muurisep and Helen Nigol:
Where Do Parsing Errors Come From

Garimella S.V.S. Sivaram and Hynek Hermansky:
Emulating Temporal Receptive Fields of Higher Level Auditory Neurons for ASR

Oldrich Plchot, Valiantsina Hubeika, Lukas Burget, Petr Schwarz, Pavel Matejka:
Acquisition of Telephone Data from Radio Broadcasts with Applications
to Language Recognition

Petr Motlicek, Sriram Ganapathy, Hynek Hermansky, Harinath Garudadri,
Marios Athineos:
Perceptually Motivated Sub-Band Decomposition for FDLP Audio Coding

Siska Fitrianie and Leon J.M. Rothkrantz:
The Generation of Emotional Expressions for a Text-Based Dialogue Agent

Dimitris Spiliotopoulos, Georgios Petasis, Georgios Kouroupetroglou:
A Framework for Language-Independent Analysis and Prosodic Feature
Annotation of Text Corpora

Jan Romportl:
Prosodic Phrases and Semantic Accents in Speech Corpus for Czech TTS Synthesis

George Tsatsaronis :
Word Sense Disambiguation with Semantic Networks

Alain Loisel, Jean-Philippe Kotowicz, Nathalie Chaignaud:
An Issue-Based Approach to Information Search Modelling: Analysis
of a Human Dialog Corpus

Kinfe Tadesse Mengistu and Andreas Wendemuth:
Accent and Channel Adaptation for Use in a Telephone-Based
Spoken Dialog System

Ben Allison:
Sentiment Detection Using Lexically-Based Classifiers

Sanaz Jabbari, Ben Allison and Louise Guthrie:
An Empirical Bayesian Method for Detecting Out of Context Words

Hemant A. Patil, Robin Jain, Prakhar Jain:
Identification of Speakers from Their Hum

Sotiris Karabetsos, Pirros Tsiakoulis, Aimilios Chalamandaris, Spyros Raptis:
HMM-Based Speech Synthesis for the Greek Language

Richard Farkas, Veronika Vincze, Istvan Nagy, Róbert Ormandi,
Gyorgy Szarvas, Attila Almasi:
Web-Based Lemmatisation of Named Entities

Piotr Majewski:
Syllable Based Language Model for Large Vocabulary Continuous Speech
Recognition of Polish

Sree Hari Krishnan Parthasarathi, Petr Motlicek, Hynek Hermansky:
Exploiting Contextual Information for Speech/Non-Speech Detection

Ivan Habernal, Miloslav Konopik:
Active Tags for Semantic Analysis

Jiri Kopecky, Ondrej Glembek, Martin Karafiat:
Advances in Acoustic Modeling for the Recognition of Czech

Fernando Batista, Nuno Mamede, Isabel Trancoso:
Temporal Issues and Recognition Errors on the Capitalization
of Speech Transcriptions 

Olga Mitrofanova, Olga Lashevskaya, Polina Panicheva:
Statistical Word Sense Disambiguation in Contexts for Russian Nouns
Denoting Physical Objects

Agnieszka Mykowiecka, Małgorzata Marciniak, Katarzyna Głowinska:
Automatic Semantic Annotation of Polish Dialogue Corpus

Balint Sass:
The Verb Argument Browser

Jachym Kolar:
A Comparison of Language Models for Dialog Act Segmentation
of Meeting Transcripts

France Mihelic, Bostjan Vesnicer, Janez Zibert, Elmar Noth:
Prosodic Events Recognition in Evaluation of Speech-Synthesis
System Performance

Stefan Steidl, Anton Batliner, Elmar Noth, Joachim Hornegger:
Quantification of Segmentation and F0 Errors and Their Effect
on Emotion Recognition

Qiang Zhou:
A Computational Framework to Integrate Different Semantic Resources

Louis ten Bosch, Lou Boves:
Language Acquisition: the Emergence of Words from Multimodal Input

Ales Mihelic, Jerneja Zganec Gros:
Efficient Unit-Selection in Text-to-Speech Synthesis

Jerneja Zganec-Gros, Stanislav Gruden:
MSD Recombination for Statistical Machine Translation
into Highly-Inflected Languages

Sun Maosong, Xu Dongliang, Benjamin K.Y. T'sou, Lu Huaming:
Disyllabic Chinese Word Extraction Based on Character Thesaurus and
Semantic Constraints in Word-Formation

Alexey Karpov, Andrey Ronzhin, Anastasia Leontyeva:
A Semi-Automatic Wizard of Oz Technique for Let'sFly
Spoken Dialogue System

Amel Achour, Jeanne Villaneau, Dominique Duhaut:
Cognitive and Emotional Interaction

Tomas Dubeda, Jan Raab:
Pitch Accents, Boundary Tones and Contours: Automatic Learning
of Czech Intonation

Derek Flood, Kevin Mc Daid, Fergal Mc Caffery, Brian Bishop:
Intelligent Voice Navigation of Spreadsheets

Anastasia Leontyeva, Ildar Kagirov:
The Module of Morphological and Syntactic Analysis SMART

Serguei Pakhomov, Jayson Richardson, Matt Finholt-Daniel, Gregory Sales:
Forced-Alignment and Edit-Distance Scoring for Vocabulary
Tutoring Applications

Petr Horak:
Czech Pitch Contour Modeling Using Linear Prediction

Miroslav Vacura and Vojtech Svatek and Pavel Smrz:
A Pattern-Based Framework for Uncertainty Representation in Ontologies

Joel Pinto, Garimella S.V.S. Sivaram, Hynek Hermansky:
Reverse Correlation for Analyzing MLP Posterior Features in ASR

Vojtech Kovar, Ales Horak, Vladimir Kadlec:
New Methods for Pruning and Ordering of Syntax Parsing Trees

Noor Shaker, Mohamed Abou-Zleikha, Oumayma Al Dakkak:
SSML for Arabic Language

Javier Tejada-Carcamo, Hiram Calvo, Alexander Gelbukh:
Improving Unsupervised WSD with a Dynamic Thesaurus


DEMONSTRATIONS

Hemant A. Patil, Robin Jain, Prakhar Jain:
Identification of Speakers from Their Hum

Aleksander Buczyński, Adam Przepiórkowski:
An Open Source Tool for Partial Parsing and Morphosyntactic Disambiguation

Cerva, Zdansky, Nouza:
On-line and off-line speech recognition systems for Czech language

Neeme Kahusk:
Python Module and GUI for EuroWordNet

Jörg Ritter, Susanne Schütz:
Unintrusive IT for philological editing