Posted on behalf of Robert Batusek <[log in to unmask]> Apologies for multiple copies of this document ********************************************************* TSD 2002 - CALL FOR DEMONSTRATIONS AND PARTICIPATION ********************************************************* Fifth International Conference on TEXT, SPEECH and DIALOGUE (TSD 2002) Brno, Czech Republic, 9-12 September 2002 http://www.fi.muni.cz/tsd2002/ 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 SUBMISSION OF DEMONSTRATION ABSTRACTS Authors are invited to present actual projects, developed software and=20 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 pages. The organisers will prepare the computers with multimedia support for=20 demonstrators. Faculty of Informatics has at its disposal a fast = internet=20 connection allowing internet-based projects to be demonstrated. The = faculty=20 network provides a wireless (IEEE 802.11b - WiFi) connection to the = internet as=20 well. IMPORTANT DATES Submission of demonstration papers: July 31, 2002 Conference date: September 9-12, 2002 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=20 their Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence series. TOPICS 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, ...). CONFERENCE PROGRAM 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 CONFERENCE FEES 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 accommodation. Full participant: Late payment (by August 15th): Euro 300 On-site payment: Euro 350 Student: 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. ACCOMMODATION 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. ADDRESS 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: http://www.fi.muni.cz/tsd2002/ LOCATION 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.