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{83} Third Workshop on Advanced Dialogs - Mar. 13

From: David Thomson <david@speechphone.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2008 15:46:41 -0600
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To: david@speechphone.com

Call for Participation:  Third Workshop on Advanced Dialogs

The VoiceXML Forum Tools Committee is holding a one-day workshop on Advanced Dialogs for voice-activated systems on March 13, 2008 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the San Diego Marriott Marina.  This workshop is our third on Advanced Dialogs and follows successful sessions held at the two previous SpeechTEK conferences.

The purpose of the workshop is to promote technology exchange among spoken language experts and to explore what dialog specification concepts should be standardized for deploying advanced voice-activated services.  Attendees will analyze alternative approaches and suggest recommendations for how standards should proceed for supporting advanced dialogs.

No Voice Search 2008 registration is required, though we recommend you attend because it's going to be an excellent conference.  There is a $90 fee for the workshop, which includes the session and lunch.

As with previous workshops, admission is by invitation only, based on completion of a quest.  The first workshop required a position paper on Advanced Dialog topics.  The second required an example use case.  To receive an invitation for this workshop, please submit one of the following.

(1) A one-slide architecture diagram for an Advanced Dialog system.  This may be a configuration you currently use or one you propose.  It will ideally include a VoiceXML client and should show where natural language processing, natural language generation, and dialog management are implemented.  It should also include a brief statement clarifying the function of elements in the diagram that are not apparent from the illustration.

Or

(2) Write a one page opinion on how advanced dialog management, natural language understanding and natural language generation should be realized in a VoiceXML environment.  Should these technologies be located on clients, servers, or backend systems?  Why?  If you think they should distributed, then describe how.  You may optionally make a case for or against AJAX.

We will invite you to briefly discuss your slide or position at the workshop.

For purposes of this workshop, we define an advanced dialog as a voice user interface specification that cannot efficiently be represented by a finite state machine.

Please submit your diagram or opinion to dialogs@voicexml.org.  We will respond with an invitation and registration instructions.  The submission deadline is February 12th, though we recommend you reserve your hotel room sooner if possible.  Since hotel space is projected to exceed demand, we will try to respond within three business days so that you can register and make hotel reservations early.

Submissions will be published at www.voicexml.org.  All material provided in advance of or during the workshop will be considered to be in the public domain.

Please note the following deadlines:

Dates:
    Quest submission:  February 12, 2008
    Invitations sent:  February 15, 2008
    Registration:  March 1, 2008
    Workshop: March 14, 2008

For more information, visit
    http://www.voicexml.org/dialogs/
    http://www.voicesearchconference.com/
    http://www.chicagodavid.com/tools/ADWorkshopNotesAug08.doc
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