Workshop on Future directions and needs in the Spoken Dialog Community: Tools and Data
June 7, 2012, Montreal
Description of the Workshop
The goal of this workshop is to determine what the present and future common needs of the spoken dialog research community are.
The spoken dialog research community has interests in a wide variety of topics such as belief tracking, multimodal dialog, simulated users, dialog assessment, etc. This diversity of interests makes it difficult to find common threads that can bind the community together. We can cite three types of existing common tools and data. One is data sharing. Another is the Spoken Dialog Challenge, which enables many researchers to compare techniques on a common task. Yet another is the use of a well-documented platform that can be used to teach new researchers about spoken dialog architecture, thus enabling easier entry to our field, a project which has also begun. There may be other needs that have emerged in the community. This workshop will describe the present state of tools and data, and explore upcoming needs.
This workshop will be sponsored by the Dialog Research Center (DialRC), a project funded by the NSF Community Research Initiative (CRI) Program, which has served the community by providing data, a teaching tool platform and a common challenge task.
The workshop encourages papers on the state of the art in spoken dialog and needs in data and tools. The areas suggested are:
In the morning, speakers will cover the main advances that have been made in that area in the past five years and then point to specific promising topics of research. Noted spoken dialog researchers will then organize breakout groups on these topics and the groups will report back to all of the participants to attempt to define needs that are common across topics and thus the most widespread in the community.
SubmissionsPotential participants should submit one or more of the following: