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*************** CALL FOR PAPERS  ******************

CI 2006 Special Session on
Natural Language Processing for Real Life Applications
November 20-22, 2006 San Francisco, California, USA


The value to our society of being able to communicate with machines in everyday
"natural" language (NL) cannot be overstated. NL-interfaces enable the user to
communicate with the computer in French, English, German, or another human
language. Their applications invole database queries, information retrieval
from texts, so-called expert systems, and robot control.
Communication with computers using speech has a lasting impact upon the work
environment, completely new areas of application for information technology are
opening up. Recent advances in speech recognition improve the usability of many
types of NL-systems: Today's state-of-the-art NL-systems combine speech with
other modes of communication such as pointing with mouse or finger. In
addition, due to the vital interest from telecommunications industry, much
research is done on the paralinguistic level, where features of the users'
speech are exploited for user model acquisition.

The Special Session on Natural Language Processing for Real Life Applications
will cover the following topics (but is not limited to):

   1. speech recognition, in particular
          * multilingual speech recognition
          * large vocabulary continuous speech recognition with focus on the
   2. real life dialog systems
          * natural language dialog systems
          * multimodal dialog systems
   3. speech-based classification
          * speaker classification, i.e. exploiting paralinguistic features of
the speech to gather information about the speaker (for example age, gender,
cognitive load, and emotions)
          * language and accent identification

Paper Submission

Please submit papers for the special session directly to the session chair
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website. Otherwise, the papers will be handled as general papers for the
conference. Each submission will be reviewed by at least two independent
reviewers. The final selection of papers for the session will be done by the
session chair; acceptance/rejection letters and review comments along with
registration information will be provided by IASTED by the general Notification

Formatting instructions

Please follow the formatting instructions provided by IASTED. See

Important Dates [top]

Submissions due 	        June 15, 2006
Notification of acceptance 	August 1, 2006
Camera-ready manuscripts due 	September 1, 2006
Registration Deadline 	        September 15, 2006
Conference 	                November 20 - 22, 2006

All papers accepted for the special session are required to register before the
general conference registration deadline.

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