[Corpora-List] EACL-2009 CfP: 2nd International Workshop on the Semantic Representation of Spoken Language

Manuel Alcantara manuel.alcantara at ofai.at
Thu Oct 9 15:34:29 CEST 2008



2nd International Workshop on the Semantic Representation of Spoken Language


Athens, Greece; March 30 or 31, 2009


Submission Deadline: December 19, 2008 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

The aim of the workshop is to bring together researchers interested in the semantic representation of spoken corpora, especially spontaneous speech. On one hand, the semantic gap between contents conveyed by natural languages and their formal representations is a burning aspect in tasks such as information extraction and corpus annotation. The current state-of-the-art supports solutions from very different backgrounds and perspectives, but still remain important and complex issues to deal with, such as the accurate segmentation of speech in semantic units. The discussion of those aspects are one of the main reasons for this workshop. On the other hand, spoken language is a pending issue in computational linguistics and artificial intelligence, both traditionally focused on written language, although semantic processing of speech is necessary for the understanding of both natural and human-machine interaction. Finally, the problems found when trying to linguistically structure spontaneous speech are leading to works focused on its semantic representation. In-depth research on the semantic representation of speech can provide us with a suitable basis for further analysis of related linguistic levels, like prosody or pragmatics.

Papers are invited on substantial, original, and unpublished research concerning the semantic representation of spoken language. Possible topics include:

* Corpus annotation: structures (frame-banks, proposition banks, etc.) and concepts (ontologies, named entities, etc.).

* Content identification and segmentation in spontaneous speech.

* Semantic interpretation in dialogues.

* Dialogue and discourse structures.

* Topic Detection and tracking.

* Multimodal Representations including speech.

* Natural language understanding and reasoning in spoken dialogue systems.

* Speech in embedded systems.

* Project descriptions about applications of spoken corpora semantic representations.

* Standardization work.

* Interoperability/Comparison work of spoken and written corpora.

Submissions must be written in English and should follow the EACL2009 style format. They can be full (6-8 pages including references) or short papers (3-4 pages including references). As reviewing will be blind, the paper should not include author's names and affiliations. Furthermore, self-references that reveal the author's identity should be avoided. Submissions that do not conform to these styles will be rejected.

The only accepted format for submitted papers is PDF. Please remember that the paper submission deadline is December 19th, 2008. Papers that are being submitted in parallel to other conferences or workshops must indicate this on the title page, as must papers that contain significant overlap with previously published work. Accepted papers will appear in the proceedings of the SRSL-2009.

Both full and short papers (3-4 pages) will have an oral presentation at the workshop within the framework of the EACL2009 conference in Athens (Greece). For this reason, at least one author has to register for the workshop.

For further information, please visit http://www.ofai.at/~manuel.alcantara/SRSL2009

(already confirmed) Scientific Committee:

Christina Alexandris (National University of Athens) Enrique Alfonseca (Google) Paul Buitelaar (DFKI GmbH) Harry Bunt (Universiteit van Tilburg) Nicoletta Calzolari (ILC-CNR) Anette Frank (Universitńt Heidelberg) Johannes Matiasek (OFAI) Massimo Moneglia (UniversitÓ degli Studi di Firenze) Juan Carlos Moreno Cabrera (Universidad Autˇnoma de Madrid) Antonio Moreno Sandoval (Universidad Autˇnoma de Madrid) Gael Richard (╔cole Nationale SupÚrieure des TÚlÚcommunications, GET-ENST) Carlos Subirats (Universitat Aut˛noma de Barcelona) Isabel Trancoso (Universidade TÚcnica de Lisboa)

Organizing Committee:

Manuel Alcantara-Pla (OFAI, Vienna). Contact: manuel(dot)alcantara(at)ofai(dot)at Thierry Declerck (DFKI GmbH, Saarbruecken). Contact: declerck(at)dfki(dot)de

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