TSD 2008 - FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS
Eleventh International Conference on TEXT, SPEECH and DIALOGUE (TSD 2008)
Brno, Czech Republic, 8-12 September 2008
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
links between text and speech oriented systems
parsing problems in spoken texts
multi-lingual dialogue systems
information retrieval and information extraction
semantic networks and ontologies
search in speech for IR and IE
development of dialogue strategies
prosody in dialogues
emotions and personality modeling
knowledge representation in relation to dialogue systems
assistive technologies based on speech and dialogue
applied systems and software
visual speech synthesis
Papers on processing 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
Jan Hajic, Czech Republic
Eva Hajicova, Czech Republic
Patrick Hanks, Czech Republic
Ludwig Hitzenberger, Germany
Jaroslava Hlavacova, Czech Republic
Ales Horak, Czech Republic
Eduard Hovy, USA
Ivan Kopecek, Czech Republic
Steven Krauwer, The Netherlands
Siegfried Kunzmann, Germany
Natalija Loukachevitch, Russia
Vaclav Matousek, Czech Republic
Hermann Ney, Germany
Elmar Noeth, Germany
Karel Oliva, Czech Republic
Karel Pala, Czech Republic
Nikola Pavesic, Slovenia
Vladimir Petkevic, Czech Republic
Fabio Pianesi, Italy
Josef Psutka, Czech Republic
James Pustejovsky, USA
Leon Rothkrantz, The Netherlands
Ernst G. Schukat-Talamazzini, Germany
Pavel Skrelin, Russia
Pavel Smrz, Czech Republic
Marko Tadic, Croatia
Tamas Varadi, Hungary
Zygmunt Vetulani, Poland
Taras Vintsiuk, Ukraine
Yorick Wilks, GB
Victor Zakharov, 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.
Social events including a trip in the vicinity of Brno 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 the
reviewers. The authors are asked to submit their papers using the
on-line form accessible from the conference website.
Papers submitted to TSD 2008 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
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 2008 ............ Submission of abstract
March 22 2008 ............ Submission of full papers
May 15 2008 .............. Notification of acceptance
May 31 2008 .............. Final papers (camera ready) and registration
July 23 2008 ............. Submission of demonstration abstracts
July 30 2008 ............. Notification of acceptance for
demonstrations sent to the authors
September 8-12 2008 ...... 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, local
transport, social events and organizing costs. The fee does not
Early payment (by May 31): CZK 8500
Late payment (by August 15): CZK 10000
On-site payment: CZK 12000
Early payment (by May 24): CZK 7000
Late payment (by August 15): CZK 8500
On-site payment: CZK 10000
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 June 16, 2008 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 tsd2008 from tsdconference.org
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
the 3-star hotel at the conference venue. The current prices of the
accommodation will be available at the conference website.
All correspondence regarding the conference should be
Dana Hlavackova, TSD 2008
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: tsd2008 from tsdconference.org
The official TSD 2008 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 London, Moscow,
Barcelona and Prague 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.