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Fifth International Conference on TEXT, SPEECH and DIALOGUE
(TSD 2002)
Brno, Czech Republic, 9-12 September 2002

The conference is organised by the Faculty of Informatics,
Masaryk University, Brno and the Faculty of Applied Sciences,
University of West Bohemia, Pilsen. The conference is supported=20
by International Speech Communication Association.=20


Authors are invited to present actual projects, developed software
hardware or interesting material relevant to the topics of the=20
conference. The authors of the demonstrations should provide the=20
abstract not exceeding one page as plain text. The submission=20
must be made using an online form available at the conference www=20

The organisers will prepare the computers with multimedia support for=20
demonstrators. Faculty of Informatics has at its disposal a fast =
connection allowing internet-based projects to be demonstrated. The =
network provides a wireless (IEEE 802.11b - WiFi) connection to the =
internet as=20


Submission of demonstration papers:
July 31, 2002

Conference date:
September 9-12, 2002


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=20
their Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence series.


Topics of the TSD 2002 conference will include:
text corpora;
automatic morphology;
word sense disambiguation;
lexical semantics and semantic networks;
parsing and part-of-speech tagging;
machine translation;
multi-lingual issues;
information retrieval;
text/topic summarization;
knowledge representation and reasoning;
speech modeling;
speech coding;
speech segmentation;
speech prosody;
automatic speech recognition;
text-to-speech synthesis;
speaker identification and verification;
dialogue systems;
development of dialogue strategies;
prosody and emotions in dialogues;
user modeling;
assistive technologies based on speech and dialogue;
markup languages related to speech and dialogue (VoiceXML, SSML, ...).


The conference program will include oral presentations and=20
poster/demonstration sessions with sufficient time for discussions of=20
the issues raised. The demonstration papers will not appear in the=20
Proceedings of TSD 2002 but will be published electronically at the=20
conference website. Preliminary program of the conference is already=20
available there.

The program includes two invited talks.

Prof. Ronald Allan Cole (Monday, September 9)
Perceptive Animated Interfaces: The Next Generation of Interactive =
Learning Tools

Prof. James Pustejovsky (Tuesday, September 10)
When Corpus Meets Theory: Creating Lexical Semantic Databases

The Wednesday afternoon of the conference is reserved for a trip=20
to the South Moravian region Lednice - Valtice. We will see the=20
chateau at Lednice with its large botanical gardens and=20
beautiful surroundings. In the evening there will be the=20
conference dinner in the famous wine cellar in Valtice chateau,=20
where a traditional cembalon band will play.=20

TSD 2002 is supported by International Speech Communication=20
Association (ISCA).=20


The conference fee depends on the date of payment and on your=20
status. It includes one copy of the Proceedings, refreshments,=20
social events and a daytrip. The fee does not include=20

Full participant:
Late payment (by August 15th): Euro 300
On-site payment:  Euro 350

Late payment (by August 15th): Euro 200
On-site payment:  Euro 250

The payment may be refunded up until August 15th at the cost=20
of 50 Euros. No refund is possible after this date.


The organizing committee will arrange an accommodation in a=20
student dormitories in a walking distance from the place of the=20
Conference at a reasonable price. The actual list of available=20
hotels and prices is accessible at the website.


All correspondence regarding the conference should be addressed to:

Dana Komarkova
TSD 2002 Faculty of Informatics
Masaryk University
Botanick=E1 68a
CZ-602 00 Brno
Czech Republic
telephone: +420 5 41 512 359
fax: +420 5 41 212 568
e-mail: [log in to unmask]
The official TSD 2002 homepage is:


The conference will take place at the Faculty of Informatics,
Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic.

Brno is the the second largest city in the Czech Republic with=20
population of almost 400,000, and is the country's judiciary and=20
trade-fair centre. Brno is the capital of Moravia, which is in=20
the south-east part of the Czech Republic. It had been the King's=20
town since 1347 and with its six Universities it forms a cultural=20
center of the region.

Brno can be reached easily by direct trains or buses from=20
Prague (200 km) or Vienna (130 km).

For the participants with some extra time, some nearby
places may also be of interest.=20

The local ones include:
Brno Castle now called Spilberk, Veveri Castle, Old and New
City Halls, the Augustine Monastery with St. Thomas Church
and crypt of Moravian Margraves, Church of St. James, Bishops
Church of St. Peter & Paul, Cartesian Monastery in Kralovo Pole,
famous villa Tugendhat designed by Mies van der Rohe
and other important buildings of between-war Czech architecture.

For those willing to venture out of Brno, Moravian Karst with=20
Macocha Chasm and Punkva caves, battlefield of Battle of three=20
emperors (Napoleon, Russian Alexander and Austrian Franz - battle=20
by Austerlitz), Chateau of Slavkov (Austerlitz), Pernstejn Castle,=20
Buchlov Castle, Lednice Chateau, Buchlovice Chateau, Letovice=20
Chateau, Mikulov with one of the greatest Jewish cemeteries in=20
Central Europe, Telc - the town on the list of UNESCO and many=20
others are all within an easy reach.