International Workshop on Spoken Dialog Systems (IWSDS 2012) - Final Announcement

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International Workshop on Spoken Dialog Systems (IWSDS 2012)
Towards a Natural Interaction with Robots, Knowbots and Smartphones.
Paris, France, November 28-30, 2012

** Final Announcement **

Following the success of IWSDS’2009 (Irsee, Germany), IWSDS’2010
(Gotemba Kogen Resort, Japan) and IWSDS’2011 (Granada, Spain), the
Fourth International Workshop on Spoken Dialog Systems (IWSDS 2012) will
be held in Paris (France) on November 28-30, 2012.

The IWSDS Workshop series provides an international forum for the
presentation of research and applications and for lively discussions
among researchers as well as industrialists, with a special interest to
the practical implementation of Spoken Dialog Systems in everyday
applications. Scientific achievements in language processing now results
in the development of successful applications such as IBM Watson, Evi,
Apple Siri or Google Assistant for access to knowledge and interaction
with smartphones, while the coming of domestic robots advocates for the
development of powerful communication means with their human users and
fellow robots.

We therefore put this year workshop under the theme “Towards a Natural
Interaction with Robots, Knowbots and Smartphones”, which covers:
- Dialog for robot interaction (including ethics),
- Dialog for Open Domain knowledge access,
- Dialog for interacting with smartphones,
- Mediated dialog (including multilingual dialog involving Speech
- Dialog quality evaluation.

We would also like to encourage the discussion of common issues of
theories, applications, evaluation, limitations, general tools and
techniques, and therefore also invite the submission of original papers
in any related area, including but not limited to:
- Speech recognition and understanding,
- Dialog management, Adaptive dialog modeling,
- Recognition of emotions from speech, gestures, facial expressions and
physiological data,
- Emotional and interactional dynamic profile of the speaker during
dialog, User modeling,
- Planning and reasoning capabilities for coordination and conflict
- Conflict resolution in complex multi-level decisions,
- Multi-modality such as graphics, gesture and speech for input and output,
- Fusion, fission and information management, Learning and adaptability,
- Visual processing and recognition for advanced human-computer interaction,
- Spoken Dialog databases and corpora, including methodologies and ethics,
- Objective and subjective Spoken Dialog evaluation methodologies,
strategies and paradigms,
- Spoken Dialog prototypes and products, etc.

Invited speakers: Jérôme Bellegarda (Apple Inc. (USA)), Axel Buendia
(SpirOps (France)), Jonathan Ginzburg (Univ. Paris-Diderot (France),
Alex Waibel (KIT (Germany), CMU (USA) and IMMI (France)), Marilyn Walker
(University of California at Santa Cruz (USA))


We particularly welcome papers that can be illustrated by a
demonstration, and we will organize the conference in order to best
accommodate these papers, whatever their category.

As usual, it is planned that a selection of accepted papers will be
published in a book by Springer following the conference.

We distinguish between the following categories of submissions:

Long Research Papers are reserved for reports on mature research
results. The expected length of a long paper should be in the range of
8-12 pages.
Short Research Papers should not exceed 6 pages in total. Authors may
choose this category if they wish to report on smaller case studies or
ongoing but interesting and original research efforts
Demo - System Papers: Authors who wish to demonstrate their system may
choose this category and provide a description of their system and demo.
System papers should not exceed 6 pages in total.

Deadline for submission: July 16, 2012
Notification of acceptance: September 15, 2012
Deadline for final submission of accepted paper: October 8, 2012
Deadline for Early Bird registration: October 8, 2012
Final program available online: November 5, 2012
Workshop: November 28-30, 2012

VENUE: IWSDS 2012 will be held as a two-day residential seminar in the
wonderful Castle of Ermenonville
( near Paris, France, where
attendees will be accommodated.

IWSDS Steering Committee: Gary Geunbae Lee (POSTECH, Pohang, Korea),
Ramón López-Cózar (Univ. of Granada, Spain), Joseph Mariani (LIMSI and
IMMI-CNRS, Orsay, France), Wolfgang Minker (Ulm Univ., Germany), Satoshi
Nakamura (Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan)

IWSDS 2012 Program Committee: Joseph Mariani (LIMSI & IMMI-CNRS, Chair),
Laurence Devillers (LIMSI-CNRS & Univ. Paris-Sorbonne 4), Martine
Garnier-Rizet (IMMI-CNRS), Sophie Rosset (LIMSI-CNRS).

Organizing Committee: Martine Garnier-Rizet (Chair), Lynn Barreteau,
Joseph Mariani (IMMI-CNRS).

Scientific Committee: Jan Alexandersson (DFKI, Saarbrucken, Germany),
Masahiro Araki (Interactive Intelligence lab, Kyoto Institute of
Technology, Japan), Frédéric Béchet (LIF, Marseille, France), André
Berton (Daimler R&D, Ulm, Germany), Axel Buendia (SpirOps, Paris,
France), Susanne Burger (Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburg PA, USA),
Felix Burkhardt (Deutsche Telecom Laboratories, Berlin, Germany),
Zoraida Callejas (University of Granada, Spain), Nick Campbell (Trinity
College, Dublin, Ireland), Heriberto Cuayáhuitl (DFKI, Saarbrucken,
Germany), Yannick Estève (LIUM, Université du Maine, Le Mans, France),
Sadaoki Furui (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan), Jon Ander
Gomez (Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain), David Griol (Carlos
III University of Madrid, Spain), Joakim Gustafson (KTH, Stockholm,
Sweden), Olivier Hamon (ELDA, Paris, France), Tobias Heinroth (Ulm
University, Germany), Paul Heisterkamp (Daimler Research, Ulm, Germany),
Luis Alfonso Hernandez (Polytechnic University of Madrid), Dirk Heylen
(University of Twente, The Netherlands), Ryuichiro Higashinaka (NTT
Cyber Space Laboratories, Yokosuka, Japan), Julia Hirschberg (Columbia
University, New York, USA), M. Ehsan Hoque (MIT Media Lab, Cambridge,
USA), Chiori Hori (NICT, Kyoto, Japan), Kristiina Jokinen (University of
Helsinki, Finland), Tatsuya Kawahara (Kyoto University, Japan), Seokhwan
Kim (Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore), Harksoo Kim (Kangwon
National University, Korea), Hong Kook Kim (Gwangju Institute of Science
and Technology, Korea), Lin-Shan Lee (National Taiwan University,
Taiwan), Fabrice Lefèvre (LIA, Université d'Avignon et des Paysdu
Vaucluse, France), Heizhou Li (Institute for Infocomm Research,
Singapore), Michael McTear (University of Ulster, UK), Yasuhiro Minami
(NTT Cyber Space Laboratories, Yokosuka, Japan), Teruhisa Misu (NICT,
Kyoto, Japan), Mikio Nakano (Honda Research Institute, Japan), Shrikanth
S. Narayanan (SAIL (Signal Analysis and Interpretation Laboratory), Los
Angeles), USA), Elmar Nöth (University of Erlangen, Germany), Roberto
Pieraccini (ICSI - Berkeley, USA) , Olivier Pietquin (Sup'Elec, Metz,
France), Sylvia Quarteroni (Politecnico di Milano, Italy), Matthieu
Quignard (ICAR, ENS Lyon, France), Norbert Reithinger (DFKI, Berlin,
Germany), Alexander Schmitt (Ulm University, Germany), Björn Schuller
(Institute for Human-Machine Communication, Technische Universität
München, Germany), Elizabeth Shriberg (Microsoft, USA), Gabriel Skantze
(KTH, Stockholm, Sweden), Sebastian Stüker (KIT, Karlsruhe, Germany),
Kazuya Takeda (University of Nagoya, Japan), Alessandro Vinciarelli
(University of Glasgow, United Kingdom), Marilyn Walker (University of
California, Santa Cruz, USA), Hsin-min Wang (Academia Sinica, Taipei,

Participating organizations: IMMI-CNRS and LIMSI-CNRS (France), Postech
(Korea), University of Granada (Spain), Nara Institute of Science and
Technology (NAIST) and National Institute of Information and
Communications (NICT) (Japan), Ulm University (Germany).

Sponsors: European Language Resources Association (ELRA), European
Language and Speech Network (ELSNET).

Supporting organizations: Association Francophone pour la Communication
Parlée (AFCP), Association pour le Traitement Automatique des Langues
(ATALA), HUMAINE Emotion Research Network, International Speech
Communication Association (ISCA), Korean Society of Speech Sciences
(KSSS), Spanish Thematic Network on Advanced Dialogue Systems (RTSDA),

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