[robotics-worldwide] CFP: MLMI 2008 (5th Workshop on Machine Learning and Multimodal Interaction)

Rainer Stiefelhagen stiefel at ira.uka.de
Wed Jan 23 02:11:49 PST 2008

MLMI 2008 first call for papers (apologies for multiple postings): 

                5th Joint Workshop on Machine Learning 
                and Multimodal Interaction (MLMI 2008)

                        8-10 September 2008
                      Utrecht, The Netherlands


The fifth MLMI workshop will be held in Utrecht, The Netherlands, following
successful workshops in Martigny (2004), Edinburgh (2005), Washington (2006)
and Brno (2007).  MLMI brings together researchers from the different
communities working on the common theme of advanced machine learning
algorithms applied to multimodal human-human and human-computer interaction.
The motivation for creating this joint multi-disciplinary workshop arose
from the actual needs of several large collaborative projects, in Europe and
the United States.  

* Important dates

Submission of papers/posters: Monday, 31 March 2008
Acceptance notifications: Monday, 12 May 2008
Camera-ready versions of papers: Monday, 16 June 2008
Workshop: 8-10 September 2008

* Workshop topics

MLMI 2008 will feature talks (including a number of invited speakers),
posters and demonstrations.  Prospective authors are invited to submit
proposals in the following areas of interest, related to machine learning
and multimodal interaction:
 - human-human communication modeling
 - audio-visual perception of humans
 - human-computer interaction modeling
 - speech processing
 - image and video processing
 - multimodal processing, fusion and fission
 - multimodal discourse and dialogue modeling
 - multimodal indexing, structuring and summarization
 - annotation and browsing of multimodal data
 - machine learning algorithms and their applications to the topics above

* Satellite events

MLMI'08 will feature special sessions and satellite events, as during the
previous editions of MLMI (see www.mlmi.info for examples).  To propose
special sessions or satellite events, please contact the special session

MLMI 2008 is broadly colocated with a number of events in related domains:
Mobile HCI 2008, 2-5 September, in Amsterdam; FG 2008, 17-19 September, in
Amsterdam; and ECML 2008, 15-19 September, in Antwerp.

* Guidelines for submission

The workshop proceedings will be published in Springer's Lecture Notes in
Computer Science series (pending approval).  The first four editions of MLMI
were published as LNCS 3361, 3869, 4299, and 4892.  However, unlike previous
MLMIs, the proceedings of MLMI 2008 will be printed before the workshop and
will be already available onsite to MLMI 2008 participants.

Submissions are invited either as long papers (12 pages) or as short papers
(6 pages), and may include a demonstration proposal.  Upon acceptance of a
paper, the Program Committee will also assign to it a presentation format,
oral or poster, taking into account: (a) the most suitable format given the
content of the paper; (b) the length of the paper (long papers are more
likely to be presented orally); (c) the preferences expressed by the

Please submit PDF files using the submission website at
http://groups.inf.ed.ac.uk/mlmi08/, following the Springer LNCS format for
proceedings and other multiauthor volumes
Camera-ready versions of accepted papers, both long and short, are required
to follow these guidelines and to take into account the reviewers' comments.
Authors of accepted short papers are encouraged to turn them into long
papers for the proceedings. 

* Venue

Utrecht is the fourth largest city in the Netherlands, with historic roots
back to the Roman Empire.  Utrecht hosts one of the bigger universities in
the country, and with its historic centre and the many students it provides
and excellent atmosphere for social activities in- or outside the workshop
community.  Utrecht is centrally located in the Netherlands, and has direct
train connections to the major cities and Schiphol International Airport. 

TNO, organizer of MLMI 2008, is a not-for-profit research organization.  TNO
speech technological research is carried out in Soesterberg, at TNO Human
Factors, and has research areas in ASR, speaker and language recognition,
and word and event spotting. 

The workshop will be held in "Ottone", a beautiful old building near the
"Singel", the canal which encircles the city center.  The conference hall
combines a spacious setting with a warm an friendly ambiance.

* Organizing Committee

David van Leeuwen, TNO (Organization Chair)
Anton Nijholt, University of Twente (Special Sessions Chair)
Andrei Popescu-Belis, IDIAP Research Institute (Programme Co-chair)
Rainer Stiefelhagen, University of Karlsruhe (Programme Co-chair)

* Programme Committee

(to be announced at http://www.mlmi.info)

Dr. Rainer Stiefelhagen
Universitaet Karlsruhe                     email: stiefel at ira.uka.de
Interactive Systems Labs, ITI              phone: +49 721 608-6385
Am Fasanengarten 5                         fax:   +49-721-607721
76131 Karlsruhe                            http://isl.ira.uka.de/~stiefel 

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