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TSD 2009 Conference - Call for Papers




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      		         TSD 2009 - CALL FOR PAPERS
           An International Conference on TEXT, SPEECH and DIALOGUE

           Primavera Hotel & Congress centre, Plzen, Czech Republic

           September 13-18, 2009 (after Interspeech-Eurospeech 2009)
                        http://www.tsdconference.org/

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The conference is organized by the Faculty of Applied Sciences, University
of West Bohemia, Pilsen, and the Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University,
Brno.  TSD 2009 will be supported by International Speech Communication
Association (ISCA) and Czech Society for Cybernetics and Informatics (CSKI).


TSD SERIES

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

Topics of the international 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
	parsing problems in spoken texts
	multi-lingual issues
	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

The keynote topic of TSD 2009 conference is Modern approaches in semantic
analysis.


OFFICIAL LANGUAGE

The official language of the event will be English, but papers on processing
in languages other than English are strongly encouraged.


PROGRAM COMMITTEE

    Frederick Jelinek, USA (general chair)
    Hynek Hermansky, Switzerland (executive chair)
    Eneko Agirre, Spain
    Genevieve Baudoin, France
    Jan Cernocky, Czech Rep.
    Attila Ferencz, Romania
    Alexander Gelbukh, Mexico
    Louise Guthrie, GB
    Jan Hajic,  Czech Rep.
    Eva Hajicova, Czech Rep.
    Patrick Hanks, Czech Republic
    Ludwig Hitzenberger, Germany
    Jaroslava Hlavacova, Czech Rep.
    Ales Horak, Czech Rep.
    Eduard Hovy, USA
    Ivan Kopecek, Czech Rep.
    Steven Krauwer, The Netherlands
    Siegfried Kunzmann, Germany
    Natalija Loukachevitch, Russia
    Vaclav Matousek, Czech Rep.
    Hermann Ney, Germany
    Elmar Noeth, Germany
    Karel Oliva, Austria, Czech Rep.
    Karel Pala, Czech Rep.
    Nikola Pavesic, Slovenia
    Vladimir Petkevic, Czech Rep.
    Fabio Pianesi, Italy
    Adam Przepiorkowski, Poland
    Josef Psutka, Czech Rep.
    James Pustejovsky, USA
    Leon J.M. Rothkrantz, The Netherlands
    Ernst G. Schukat-Talamazzini, Germany
    Pavel Skrelin, Russia
    Pavel Smrz, Czech Rep.
    Marko Tadic, Croatia
    Tamas Varadi, Hungary
    Zygmunt Vetulani, Poland
    Taras Vintsiuk, Ukraine
    Yorick Wilks, GB
    Victor Zacharov, Russia


FORMAT OF THE CONFERENCE

The conference program will include presentation of invited papers, oral
presentations, and poster/demonstration sessions. Papers will be presented
in plenary or topic oriented sessions. A preliminary conference program will
be published at the conference www pages. One day of the conference will be
dedicated for tutorials and workshops.

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


SUBMISSION OF PAPERS

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 three reviewers. The authors are asked to
submit their papers using the on-line form accessible from the conference
website.

Papers submitted to TSD 2009 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 for review 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.


LOCATION

Plzen (Pilsen) is located in Western Bohemia on the confluence of four
rivers. With 170 thousand inhabitants it is the fourth largest city in the
Czech Republic and an important industrial, commercial, cultural, and
administrative center.

Plzen is well known for its brewing tradition. The trademark Pilsner-Urquell
penetrated all over the world thanks to the traditional recipe, high quality
hops and good wells. Beer lovers will also appreciate a visit to the brewery
museum or the Brewery itself.

Apart from its famous beer, Plzen has a lot of hidden treasures in its core.
Plzen can pride itself on the second largest synagogue in Europe. The old
city center is dominated by a 13th-century Gothic church which features the
highest tower in Bohemia (102.34 m). It is possible to go up the stairs and
admire the panorama. Not far from the church is a splendid Renaissance Town
Hall from 1558 and plenty of pleasant cafes and pubs.

Plzen has also a beautiful historical underground - under the city center
there are 25 km of tunnels. Visitors can pass through the most beautiful
part of this labyrinth.

It is also recommended to visit the Zoo having the second largest space for
bears in Europe and keeping the Komodo dragons - large lizards existing in
only a few Zoos in the world..

In the neighborhood of the city there are castle Radyně and hunting-seat
Kozel. St. Peter's Rotunda in Starý Plzenec was built in the 10th century.

The University of West Bohemia in Plzen provides a variety of courses for
both Czech and international students. It is the only institution of higher
education in this part of the country which prepares students for careers in
engineering (electrical and mechanical), science (computer science, applied
mathematics, physics, and mechanics), education (both primary and
secondary), economics, philosophy, politology, archaeology, anthropology,
foreign languages, law and public administration, art and design.


GETTING THERE

The city has an access from the D5 highway connecting Prague (Praha) with
Germany. Plzen has a very good bus and train connections with the capital
Prague (takes about 1 - 1.5 hour). From the international airport Prague -
Ruzyne you can reach Plzen by frequent public transport in 1.5 - 2 hours.


IMPORTANT DATES

March 22, 2009		Submission of full papers
May 15, 2009 		Notification of acceptance
May 31, 2009		Final papers (camera-ready) submission and
                        registration
Sept. 13-18, 2009	TSD 2009 Conference

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


CONFERENCE FEES

The conference fee depends on the date of payment and on your status. It
includes meals at the main conference time (Sept. 15-17), one copy of the
proceedings, refreshments, social events and organizing costs. The fee does
not include accommodation.

Full participant:
    Early payment (by May 31):      CZK  9000
    Late payment (by August 15):    CZK 11000
    On-site payment:                CZK 13000

Student:
    Early payment (by May 31):      CZK  7500
    Late payment (by August 15):    CZK  9500
    On-site payment:                CZK 11500

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.

At least one of the authors has to register and pay the registration fee by
May 31, 2009 for their paper 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 fee.

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 tsd2009 at tsdconference dot org with subject 'Grant
Application', in which you briefly describe the reasons for your
application.  Each applicant must send a separate e-mail.


ACCOMMODATION

The organizing committee has arranged accommodation at reasonable prices in
the Primavera hotel and student dormitories. The current prices of the
accommodation will be available at the conference website.


ADDRESS

All correspondence regarding the conference should be addressed to:

Mrs. Helena Ptackova
University of West Bohemia in Pilsen
Faculty of Applied Sciences
Department of Computer Science
Univerzitni 8
CZ - 306 14  PLZEN
Czech Republic

Tel:    +420 377 632 401         Fax:   +420 377 632 402
E-mail: tsd at kiv dot zcu dot cz

TSD 2009 conference web site: http://www.tsdconference.org/

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