14.0168 ELRA language resources; new books from MIT Press

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 14, No. 168.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

       [1] From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@english.uga.edu> (50)
             Subject: ELRA New Resources

       [2] From: Arun-Kumar Tripathi <tripathi@statistik.uni- (59)
             Subject: [new books]The Robot in the Garden & Embodied
                     Conversational Agents

             Date: Mon, 14 Aug 2000 10:00:21 +0100
             From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@english.uga.edu>
             Subject: ELRA New Resources

    >> From: Valerie Mapelli <mapelli@elda.fr>

                    European Language Resources Association
                                   ELRA News=20

                         *** ELRA NEW RESOURCES ***

    We are happy to announce a new resource available via ELRA:

    ELRA-S0085 BABEL Bulgarian Database

    The BABEL Database is a speech database that was produced=20
    by a research consortium funded by the European Union=20
    under the COPERNICUS programme (COPERNICUS Project=20
    1304). The project began in March 1995 and was completed=20
    in December 1998. The objective was to create a database of=20
    languages of Central and Eastern Europe in parallel to the=20
    EUROM1 databases produced by the SAM Project (funded by=20
    the ESPRIT programme).=20

    The BABEL consortium included six partners from Central=20
    and Eastern Europe (who had the major responsibility of=20
    planning and carrying out the recording and labelling) and six=20
    from Western Europe (whose role was mainly to advise and in=20
    some cases to act as host to BABEL researchers). The five=20
    databases collected within the project concern the Bulgarian,=20
    Estonian, Hungarian, Polish, and Romanian languages.

    The Bulgarian database consists of the basic "common" set which is:

    - Many Talker Set: 30 males, 30 females; each to read twice=20
    the five blocks of numbers (each of which contains 10 numbers),=20
    3 connected passages and one =93filler=94 passage.
    - Few Talker Set: 5 males, 5 females, selected from the above=20
    group: each to read 5 times the blocks of numbers, 15 connected=20
    passages and 2 =93filler=94 passages, and 5 repetitions of the lists of=20
    - Very Few Talker Set: 1 male, 1 female, selected from Few=20
    Talker set: each to read blocks of monosyllables in carrier sentences=20
    and five repetitions of the context words.

    And the extension part: semi-spontaneous answers to questions:=20
    the answers were recorded by the 10 Few Talker Set speakers. =20

    The other languages will be available soon.

    For further information, please contact:

           ELRA/ELDA Tel +33 01 43 13 33 33
           55-57 rue Brillat-Savarin Fax +33 01 43 13 33 30
           F-75013 Paris, France E-mail mapelli@elda.fr

    or visit the online catalogue on our Web site:

           or http://www.elda.fr

             Date: Mon, 14 Aug 2000 10:07:19 +0100
             From: Arun-Kumar Tripathi <tripathi@statistik.uni-dortmund.de>
             Subject: [new books]The Robot in the Garden & Embodied
    Conversational Agents

    Dear humanist scholars,

    [Hi --two books are now published by MIT Press --thought --might interest
    you --regarding the book on "Telerobotics and Telepistemology in the Age
    of the Internet"-- --Btw the book also discussed the current challenges in
    Internet Robotics and social tele-embodiment. Book takes on --ideas of
    tele-connectivity which allows human beings to exchange text, images,
    sound, and video with anyone whose interests are in the field of Internet
    Robotics and Automation from any corner of the world, regardless of
    geographical location. But, something important is missing, an adequate
    interface and process of interaction in the real world -in the Human
    Communication and Interaction. The book would be a good read, to roboticists,
    and philosophers of information and technology. May be we have to think to
    change the current infrastructure of the internet to provide more interface
    to human beings, and extend the current human abilities.

    RE: _The Robot on the Garden_
    There was a seminar on *Telerobotics and Telepistemology* by Ken Goldberg,
    UC Berkeley --presented on 16th of March 1998 at Artistic Practice in the
    Network, an online forum, sponsored by Eyebeam Atelier and the X Art
    Foundation, NY, NY is located at (http://www.eyebeam.org)

    In the words of Jon Ippolito, "..the Net is a marvellous telescope of

    Thank you..
    Sincerely yours
    Arun Tripathi]

    Date: Fri, 16 Jun 2000 14:26:49 GMT
    From: Computer Science Editorial <computer_science@mitpress.mit.edu>


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    The Robot in the Garden
    Telerobotics and Telepistemology in the Age of the Internet
    edited by Ken Goldberg

    The Robot in the Garden initiates a critical theory of telerobotics and
    introduces telepistemology, the study of knowledge acquired at a
    7 x 9, 330 pp., 49 illus., cloth ISBN 0-262-07203-3
    A Leonardo Book

    Embodied Conversational Agents
    edited by Justine Cassell, Joseph Sullivan, Scott Prevost, and Elizabeth

    Embodied conversational agents are computer-generated cartoonlike
    characters that demonstrate many of the same properties as humans in
    face-to-face conversation, including the ability to produce and respond
    to verbal and nonverbal communication. This book describes research in
    all aspects of the design, implementation, and evaluation of embodied
    conversational agents as well as details of specific working systems.
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