CFP: The 7th Young Researchers' Roundtable on Spoken Dialogue Systems

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Second Call for Papers and Participation
The 7th Young Researchers' Roundtable on Spoken Dialogue Systems
(YRRSDS 2011)

The Young Researchers' Roundtable on Spoken Dialog Systems (YRRSDS) is an annual workshop designed for graduate students, post-docs and junior researchers working in research related to spoken dialogue systems in both academia and industry. The YRRSDS provides an open forum where participants can discuss their research interests, current work and future plans. Previous workshops have been co-located with SIGdial or InterSpeech, and YRRSDS 2010 was recently held in Japan. YRRSDS 2011 will be hosted by the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR, USA, and will be directly before SIGdial and ACL 2011.

The workshop has three main goals:
* to offer an interdisciplinary forum for creative thinking about current issues in spoken dialogue systems research
* to provide young researchers with career advice from senior researchers and professionals from both academic and industrial backgrounds
* to develop a stronger international network of young researchers working in the field

Submission Information:
We invite any researcher who is at a relatively early stage of their career (e.g students, post- docs, or junior researchers in industry) to submit a 2-page position paper. This should include their past, present and future work, a short bio and topic suggestions for the workshop. Acceptance is on a first-come, first-served basis and the number of participants is generally capped at 50. Poster presentation by all participants is expected. However, posters need only present current work and are not necessarily from a published paper. Further format and outline information are provided at under Submissions.
Please submit via the EasyChair system:
If you experience any problems with submission please contact the organizers at:
yrrsds2011 at

Important Dates:
Submissions deadline: April 22, 2011
Author notification: May 9, 2011
Camera ready deadline: May 20, 2011

YRRSDS'11 will feature:
* a senior researcher panel (both academia and industry)
* a demo and poster session (Best Poster Award!)
* a special session on Embodied Conversational Agents
* two Roundtable discussion and presentation sessions

Some Topics of Interest (more complete list at
* Models of dialogue: Statistical, Symbolic and Hybrid dialogue modeling
* The Spoken Dialogue Challenge: SDS evaluation
* Psycholinguistic influences of dialogue system design
* Dialogue system development beyond ''toy'' research domains
* The importance of establishing social relations with the user in automated dialogues
* Interacting with virtual and robotic agents
* Semantics and Pragmatics of dialogue systems
* Context and spoken dialogue systems
* Building truly incremental spoken dialogue systems
* Dialogue data collection, sharing data sets and formats for statistical models
* Understanding industry development cycles, requirements, and future application
domains for dialogue systems

We thank our Sponsors:

* Microsoft Research
* AT&T Research
* LG
* BioSpeech
* Nuance
* IBM Research

YRRSDS 2011 is endorsed by:

* Dialogs on Dialogs

Organizing Committee

William Y. Wang, Columbia University, USA
Khan Md. Anwarus Salam, The University of Electro-Communications, Japan
Sungjin Lee, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Korea
Lina Maria Rojas Barahona, LORIA, France
Hamid R. Chinaei, Laval University, Canada
Ethan Selfridge, Oregon Health & Science University, USA

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