The 8th Young Researchers' Roundtable on Spoken Dialogue Systems

Event Notification Type: 
Call for Papers
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Seoul National University
Tuesday, 3 July 2012 to Wednesday, 4 July 2012
South Korea
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Submission Deadline: 
Monday, 21 May 2012

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First Call for Papers and Participation

The 8th Young Researchers' Roundtable on Spoken Dialogue Systems (YRRSDS
2012) will be held on July 3rd and 4th in Seoul, South Korea!

The Young Researchers' Roundtable on Spoken Dialogue 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 2011 was recently held in Portland, Oregon, US.
YRRSDS 2012 will be hosted by Seoul National University, and will be
held directly before SIGdial and ACL 2012.

The workshop has four 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
* to develop a stronger international network of young researchers
working in the field
* to provide a platform for sharing knowledge about methodology,
approaches, and tools

Submission Information:

We invite any researcher who is at a relatively early stage of their
career (there is no age limit) 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:

Important Dates:

* Submissions deadline: May 21, 2012
* Author notification: May 28, 2012
* Camera ready deadline: June 11, 2012

YRRSDS'12 will feature:

* a senior researcher panel (both academia and industry)
* a demo and poster session (Best Poster Award!)
* two Roundtable discussion and presentation sessions
* a special session on tools and toolkits for research in SDS

Some Topics of Interest (more complete list at

* Models of dialogue: Statistical, Symbolic and Hybrid dialogue modeling
* Spoken Language Understanding
* Approaches to Dialogue Management
* Natural Language Generation for Spoken Dialogue Systems
* 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

Organizing Committee

* Timo Baumann (U Hamburg, Germany)
* WonSeok Choi (U Sogang, South Korea)
* Heather Friedberg (U Pittsburgh, USA)
* Jana Götze (KTH Stockholm, Sweden)
* Srini Janarthanam (HWU Edinburgh, UK)
* Kyungduk Kim (POSTECH, South Korea)
* Pierre Lison (U Oslo, Norway)
* Alejandra Lorenzo (Loria, France)
* Raveesh Meena (KTH Stockholm, Sweden)
* Michal Ptaszynski (High-Tech research Center, Japan)
* HyukSu Ryu (U Seoul, South Korea)

YRRSDS 2012 is endorsed by:
* SIGdial
* dialogs on dialogs

We thank our Sponsors:
* Google
* Microsoft Research
* AT & T Research
* LG Electronics