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    ********************************************************* TSD 2006 - FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS ********************************************************* Ninth
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 3, 2006

      Ninth International Conference on TEXT, SPEECH and DIALOGUE (TSD 2006)
      Brno, Czech Republic, 11-15 September 2006

      The conference is organized by the Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk
      University, Brno, and the Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of
      West Bohemia, Pilsen. The conference is supported by International
      Speech Communication Association.

      VENUE: Brno, Czech Republic


      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 their Lecture Notes
      in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI) series.


      Topics of the conference will include (but are not limited to):

      text corpora and tagging
      transcription problems in spoken corpora
      sense disambiguation
      links between text and speech oriented systems
      parsing issues, especially parsing problems in spoken texts
      multi-lingual issues, especially multi-lingual dialogue systems
      information retrieval and information extraction
      text/topic summarization
      machine translation
      semantic networks and ontologies
      semantic web
      speech modeling
      speech segmentation
      speech recognition
      search in speech for IR and IE
      text-to-speech synthesis
      dialogue systems
      development of dialogue strategies
      prosody in dialogues
      emotions and personality modeling
      user modeling
      knowledge representation in relation to dialogue systems
      assistive technologies based on speech and dialogue
      applied systems and software
      facial animation
      visual speech synthesis

      Papers on processing of languages other than English are strongly


      Frederick Jelinek, USA (general chair)
      Hynek Hermansky, Switzerland (executive chair)
      Eneko Agirre, Spain
      Genevieve Baudoin, France
      Jan Cernocky, Czech Republic
      Attila Ferencz, Romania
      Alexander Gelbukh, Mexico
      Louise Guthrie, GB
      Eva Hajicova, Czech Republic
      Jaroslava Hlavacova, Czech Republic
      Eduard Hovy, USA
      Ivan Kopecek, Czech Republic
      Steven Krauwer, The Netherlands
      Siegfried Kunzmann, Germany
      Vaclav Matousek, Czech Republic
      Hermann Ney, Germany
      Elmar Noeth, Germany
      Karel Oliva, Czech Republic
      Karel Pala, Czech Republic
      Nikola Pavesic, Slovenia
      Vladimr Petkevic, Czech Republic
      Josef Psutka, Czech Republic
      James Pustejovsky, USA
      Leon Rothkrantz, The Netherlands
      E.G. Schukat-Talamazzini, Germany
      Pavel Skrelin, Russia
      Pavel Smrz, Czech Republic
      Taras Vintsiuk, Ukraine
      Yorick Wilks, GB
      Victor Zakharov, Russia


      Eduard Hovy, USA
      Louise Guthrie, GB
      James Pustejovsky, USA


      The conference program will include oral presentations and
      poster/demonstration sessions with sufficient time for discussions of
      the issues raised. Papers will be presented in plenary or topic
      oriented sessions.

      The conference will welcome three keynote speakers - Eduard Hovy,
      Louise Guthrie and James Pustejovsky, and it will offer two special
      panels devoted to Emotions and Search in Speech.

      Social events including a trip in the vicinity of Brno will allow for
      additional informal interactions.


      Authors are invited to submit a full paper not exceeding 8 pages
      formatted in the LNCS style (see below). Those accepted will be
      presented either orally or as posters. The decision about the
      presentation format will be based on the recommendation of the
      reviewers. The authors are asked to submit their papers using the
      on-line form accessible from the conference website.

      Papers submitted to TSD 2006 must not be under review by any other
      conference or publication during the TSD review cycle, and must not be
      previously published or accepted for publication elsewhere.

      As reviewing will be blind, the paper should not include the authors'
      names and affiliations. Furthermore, self-references that reveal the
      author's identity, e.g., "We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...",
      should be avoided. Instead, use citations such as "Smith previously
      showed (Smith, 1991) ...". Papers that do not conform to the
      requirements above are subject to be rejected without review.

      The authors are strongly encouraged to write their papers in TeX
      or LaTeX formats. These formats are necessary for the final
      versions of the papers that will be published in the Springer
      Lecture Notes. Authors using a WORD compatible software for the
      final version must use the LNCS template for WORD and within the
      submit process ask the Proceedings Editors to convert the paper
      to LaTeX format. For this service a service-and-license fee of
      CZK 1500 will be levied automatically.

      The paper format has to be either PDF or PostScript file with all
      required fonts included. Upon notification of acceptance, presenters
      will receive further information on submitting their camera-ready and
      electronic sources (for detailed instructions on the final paper
      format see http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html#Proceedings.)

      Authors are also invited to present actual projects, developed
      software or interesting material relevant to the topics of the
      conference. The presenters of the demonstration should provide the
      abstract not exceeding one page. The demonstration abstracts will not
      appear in the conference proceedings.


      March 15 2006 ............ Submission of abstract
      March 22 2006 ............ Submission of papers
      May 15 2006 .............. Notification of acceptance
      May 31 2006 .............. Final papers (camera ready) and registration
      July 23 2006 ............. Submission of demonstration abstracts
      July 30 2006 ............. Notification of acceptance for
      demonstrations sent to the authors
      September 11-15 2006 ..... Conference date

      Submission of abstract serves for better organization of the review
      process only - for the actual review a full paper submission is

      The contributions to the conference will be published in proceedings
      that will be made available to participants at the time of the


      The official language of the conference is English.


      The conference fee depends on the date of payment and on your
      status. It includes one copy of the proceedings, refreshments,
      social events and organizing costs. The fee does not include

      Full participant:
      Early payment (by May 31): CZK 8500
      Late payment (by August 15): CZK 10500
      On-site payment: CZK 12000

      Early payment (by May 24): CZK 5500
      Late payment (by August 15): CZK 6500
      On-site payment: CZK 8000

      The payment may be refunded up until August 15, at the cost
      of CZK 1500. No refund is possible after this date.

      All costs are in Czech Crowns (Czech Koruna, CZK), see e.g.
      http://www.xe.com/ucc/ for the current exchange rate.

      One of the authors has to register and to pay the registration fee by
      June 16, 2006 to be included in the conference proceedings. Only
      one paper of up to 8 pages is included in the regular registration
      fee. The additional paper and page charge is CZK 1000 per page. An
      author with more than one paper pays the additional paper(s) rates
      unless a co-author has also registered and paid the full registration

      The organizing committee will provide discounts and grants for
      participants from East European countries (Russia, Belarus, Ukraine,
      ....). To apply for a grant, send an email to tsd2006@...
      with subject 'Grant Application', in which you briefly describe the
      reasons for your application. Each applicant must send a separate


      The organizing committee will arrange discounts on accommodation in a
      3-star hotel and student dormitories at reasonable prices. The current
      list of available accommodation and prices will be accessible at the
      conference website.


      All correspondence regarding the conference should be
      addressed to

      Dana Hlavackova, TSD 2006
      Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University
      Botanicka 68a, 602 00 Brno, Czech Republic
      phone: +420-5-49 49 33 29
      fax: +420-5-49 49 18 20
      email: tsd2006@...

      The official TSD 2006 homepage is: http://www.tsdconference.org/


      Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic with a
      population of almost 400.000. The city is the country's judiciary and
      trade-fair center. Brno is the capital of Moravia, which is in the
      south-east part of the Czech Republic. Brno had been a Royal City
      since 1347 and with its six universities it forms also a cultural
      center of the region.

      Brno can be reached easily by direct flights from Prague, London and
      Munich and by trains or buses from Prague (200 km) or Vienna (130 km).

      For the participants with some extra time, some nearby places may also
      be of interest. Local ones include: Brno Castle now called Spilberk,
      Veveri Castle, the Old and New City Halls, the Augustine Monastery
      with St. Thomas Church and crypt of Moravian Margraves, Church of St.
      James, Cathedral of St. Peter & Paul, Cartesian Monastery in Kralovo
      Pole, the famous Villa Tugendhat designed by Mies van der Rohe along
      with other important buildings of between-war Czech architecture.

      For those willing to venture out of Brno, Moravian Karst with Macocha
      Chasm and Punkva caves, battlefield of Battle of three emperors
      (Napoleon, Russian Alexander and Austrian Franz - Battle by
      Austerlitz), Chateau of Slavkov (Austerlitz), Pernstejn Castle,
      Buchlov Castle, Lednice Chateau, Buchlovice Chateau, Letovice Chateau,
      Mikulov with one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in Central Europe,
      Telc - a town on the UNESCO heritage list, and many others are all
      within easy reach.
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