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TSD 2006 Last Call for Participation

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TSD 2006 - CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
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Ninth International Conference on TEXT, SPEECH and DIALOGUE (TSD 2006)
Brno, Czech Republic, 11-15 September 2006
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.

VENUE: Hotel Continental, Brno, Czech Republic
IMPORTANT DATES

September 11-15 2006 ..... Conference date
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 4188 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, especially parsing problems in spoken texts
multi-lingual issues, especially 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 of 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
Eva Hajicova, Czech Republic
Jaroslava Hlavacova, Czech Republic
Eduard Hovy, USA
Ivan Kopecek, Czech Republic
Steven Krauwer, The Netherlands
Siegfried Kunzmann, Germany
Vaclav Matousek, Czech Republic
Hermann Ney, Germany
Elmar Noeth, Germany
Karel Oliva, Czech Republic
Karel Pala, Czech Republic
Nikola Pavesic, Slovenia
Vladimr Petkevic, Czech Republic
Josef Psutka, Czech Republic
James Pustejovsky, USA
Leon Rothkrantz, The Netherlands
E.G. Schukat-Talamazzini, Germany
Pavel Skrelin, Russia
Pavel Smrz, Czech Republic
Taras Vintsiuk, Ukraine
Yorick Wilks, GB
Victor Zakharov, Russia

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

The detailed conference program with links to presentation
abstracts is now available on the conference web page
http://www.tsdconference.org/tsd2006/tsd_prog.html

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Eduard Hovy, USA
Learning by Reading: An Experiment in Text Analysis

Louise Guthrie, GB
Discovering Anomalous Material

James Pustejovsky, USA
Unifying Semantic Annotations for Linguistic Description

Eva Hudlicka, USA
Depth of Feelings: Alternatives for Modeling Affect in User Models and
Cognitive Architectures
PANEL DISCUSSION

Panelists: Elmar Noeth, Nadia Mana, Geza Nemeth, Eva Hudlicka
Emotions in Text, Speech and Dialogue
FORMAT OF THE CONFERENCE

The conference program will include oral presentations and
poster/demonstration sessions with sufficient time for discussions of
the issues raised. Papers will be presented in plenary or topic
oriented sessions.

The conference will welcome four keynote speakers - Eduard Hovy,
Louise Guthrie, James Pustejovsky and Eva Hudlicka, and it will offer
one special panel devoted to Emotions in Text, Speech and Dialogue.

Social events including a Czech Welcome Dinner, a trip to Austerlitz
Castle (with a "virtual battle" show) finished with Moravian dancing
and Moravian conference dinner will allow for additional informal
interactions.
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE

The official language of the conference is English.
CONFERENCE FEES

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

Full participant:
On-site payment: CZK 12000

Student:
On-site payment: CZK 8000

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

The organizing committee has arranged discounts on accommodation in a
3-star hotel and student dormitories at reasonable prices. The current
list of available accommodation and prices is accessible at the
registration page of the conference website.
ADDRESS

All correspondence regarding the conference should be
addressed to

Dana Hlavackova, TSD 2006
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: ts*****@tsdconference.org

The official TSD 2006 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 Prague, London and
Munich 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.

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