9.363 summer school; CETH Web address

Humanist (mccarty@phoenix.Princeton.EDU)
Wed, 6 Dec 1995 19:28:42 -0500 (EST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 9, No. 363.
Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities (Princeton/Rutgers)

[1] From: SCHOOL@khmk.bme.hu (103)
Subject: summer school

[2] From: "Christopher G. Fox" <cgfox@rci.rutgers.edu> (12)
Subject: Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities Web

Date: Wed, 6 Dec 1995 09:42:01 -0500
From: SCHOOL@khmk.bme.hu
Subject: summer school





The European Summer School on Language and Speech Communication has become one
of the most successful up-to-date annual training courses in Europe. The
School presents a high quality program for two weeks, with pre-eminent
teachers, with hands-on experience for participants in practical courses, and
with an enjoyable social program. Characteristic of the school is its small
scale (up to 90 participants), and its selection of a topic which has
interest and relevance for both the speech and the computational linguistics
communities. Previous Summer Schools have been organized in London 1993 (on
prosody), Utrecht 1994 (on corpus-based methods), and Edinburgh 1995 (on

The Fourth European Summer School on Language and Speech Communication will be
organized in Budapest between July 8-19, 1996. The topic will be Dialogue
Systems. The main sponsors and supporters are the European Network in Language
and Speech (ELSNET), the Copernicus-LRE project ELSNET goes East, the European
Speech Communication Association (ESCA) and the European Chapter of the
Association for Computational Linguistics (EACL). Local support is provided by
SUN Europe and the Technical University of Budapest.

The Summer School is open to undergraduate students, PhD students, postdocs,
and staff members from academic and industrial sites. A limited number of
grants can be made available for participants from Central and Eastern Europe.


There has been a growing interest over recent years in the theoretical and
practical issues associated with the design and use of computer systems which
are able to participate in spoken or written language dialogues. Just some of
the questions which have occupied researchers include the following:

* what information should be included in a dialogue model?
* what does it mean to "co-operate" in dialogue?
* is it necessary to model the beliefs of the other party?
* how much planning is required in dialogue?
* how should a dialogue system be specified?
* is there any benefit in simulating systems before building them?
* how do people react to dialogue systems?
* what happens in multimodal dialogues?
* what is the relationship between human-human and human-computer dialogue?
* what is the effect of task domain on dialogue structure?
* how can dialogue failures be recognised and repaired
* how should dialogue systems be evaluated?
* what practical applications exist for dialogue technology?

These, and many other, questions relating to dialogue systems will be addressed
in the Summer School in courses which will be taught by leading practitioners
in the field. Courses will include the following topics:

* speech input and output in dialogue
* empirical foundations for dialogue design
* multimodal systems
* natural language input and output in dialogue
* dialogue modelling
* human factors in dialogue design
* architectures and systems design
* historical overview
* types of dialogue
* prosody in spoken dialogue
* evaluation of dialogue systems
* practical applications

The courses will be a mixture of short plenary sessions on particularly
difficult or controversial topics or providing surveys, and weekly courses of
5x2 hours or 5x1 hours held in plenary or in parallel. Several of the courses
will set practical exercises, and there will be ample opportunities for
students to present their own work.

As is fitting in a Summer School on dialogue, participants will be
encouraged to
play an active part in the learning process. Background knowledge in a
area such as linguistics, speech processing, artificial intelligence,
computer science
or psychology would be useful, but no prior experience in the area of dialogue
systems will be assumed.

Fees: for students 100 ECU, for academic scolars 200 ECU and for industrial
participants 400 ECU.

- Youth Hostel at 15 USD/night/person (breakfast included). 2-3
persons/room and showers
at each floor, in the University Campus
- Low category Hotel-two stars at 50 USD/person/night (breakfast included). 1-2
persons/romm with shower in each room, at 15 minutes from the University
(by tram).

Niels Ole Bernsen (Roskilde University, Denmark)
Norman Fraser (Vocalis, United Kingdom)
Klara Vicsi (Technical University of Budapest, Hungary)

Formal registration will be open from January 15, 1996, and registration forms
(and more information concerning the programme) will be distributed by
that time.
Registration deadline will be arround 15 April - 1 May, 1996.

Expressions of interest may be sent to:
Klara Vicsi
e-mail: school@khmk.bme.hu

The Second Announcement will be available on WWW.

Date: Wed, 6 Dec 1995 16:25:28 -0500
From: "Christopher G. Fox" <cgfox@rci.rutgers.edu>
Subject: Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities Web Site

The Center for Electronic texts in the Humanities (CETH) would like to
announce the launch of its new web site at http://www.ceth.rutgers.edu/

CETH was established in 1991 by Princeton and Rutgers Universities to
provide a national focus for the creation, dissemination and use of
electronic text resources in the humanities.

Its current activities are intended

1. to establish an intellectual framework for working with electronic
texts in the humanities that will advance understanding of the
potential of electronic texts and satisfy the needs of research and
teaching in the humanities

2. to develop strategies for the dissemination information about the
creation and use of electronic texts in the humanities.