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Subject:        Call for Participation/Papers: VIHAR-2017
Date:   Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:33:11 +0000
From:   Prof. Roger K. Moore <r.k.mo...@sheffield.ac.uk>



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CALL FOR PARTICIPATION/PAPERS

1st International Workshop on Vocal Interactivity in-and-between Humans, 
Animals and Robots (VIHAR-2017)

25-26 August 2017
University of Skövde, Sweden

http://vihar-2017.vihar.org <http://vihar-2017.vihar.org/>

Almost all animals exploit vocal signals for a range of 
ecologically-motivated purposes: from detecting predators/prey and 
marking territory, to expressing emotions, establishing social relations 
and sharing information. Whether it’s a bird raising an alarm, a whale 
calling to potential partners, a dog responding to human commands, a 
parent reading a story with a child, or a businessperson accessing stock 
prices using Siri on an iPhone, vocalisation provides a valuable 
communications channel through which behaviour may be coordinated and 
controlled, and information may be distributed and acquired. Indeed, the 
ubiquity of vocal interaction has led to research across an extremely 
diverse array of fields, from assessing animal welfare, to understanding 
the precursors of human language, to developing voice-based 
human-machine interaction. Clearly, there is potential for 
cross-fertilisation between disciplines; for example, using robots to 
investigate contemporary theories of language grounding, using machine 
learning to analyse different habitats or adding vocal expressivity to 
the next generation of autonomous social agents. However, many 
opportunities remain unexplored, not least due to the lack of a suitable 
forum.

VIHAR-2017 aims to bring together researchers studying vocalisations and 
speech-based interaction in-and- between humans, animals and robots from 
a variety of different fields. The workshop is being organised by 
participants of a recent Dagstuhl Seminar on the same topic, and follows 
the publication of a short review article: 
http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/frobt.2016.00061/full 
<http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/frobt.2016.00061/full>. 
VIHAR-2017 will provide a timely opportunity for scientists and 
engineers from different fields to share theoretical insights, best 
practices, tools and methodologies, and to identify common principles 
underpinning vocal behaviour in a multi-disciplinary environment.

We invite original submissions of four-page INTERSPEECH-style papers 
(plus one page of references) or two-page extended abstracts (including 
references) in all areas of vocal interactivity. Suggested workshop 
topics may include, but are not limited to, the following areas:
* physiological and morphological similarities/differences between vocal 
systems in animals
* properties and functions of animal signals
* evolution of vocal interactivity
* vocal imitation and learning
* conveyance of emotion
* comparative analyses of human and animal vocalisations
* use of vocalisation
* vocal interactivity between non-conspecifics
* spoken language systems
* technology-based research methods

Paper submissions should conform to the format as detailed in the 
INTERSPEECH 2017 Author’s Kit 
(http://www.interspeech2017.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/IS2017_paper_kit.zip 
<http://www.interspeech2017.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/IS2017_paper_kit.zip>).

Key Dates:
Submission deadline - 2 June 2017
Notification of acceptance - 30 June 2017
Workshop - 25-26 August 2017

Organisers:
Robert Eklund, Linköping University
Angela Dassow, Carthage College
Ricard Marxer, University of Sheffield
Roger K. Moore, University of Sheffield
Bhiksha Raj, Carnegie Mellon University
Rita Singh, Carnegie Mellon University
Serge Thill, University of Skövde
Benjamin Weiss, Technical University of Berlin

VIHAR-2017 takes place immediately after INTERSPEECH in Stockholm 
(http://www.interspeech2017.org <http://www.interspeech2017.org/>) and 
is supported by the International Speech Communication Association 
(http://www.isca-speech.org <http://www.isca-speech.org/>).

For details, visit the VIHAR-2017 website: http://vihar-2017.vihar.org 
<http://vihar-2017.vihar.org/>

If you wish to join the VIHAR community, please subscribe to our mailing 
list by entering your e-mail address at 
http://www.freelists.org/list/vihar 
<http://www.freelists.org/list/vihar> and then responding to the 
confirmation e-mail that you will receive from the list server.

Please forward this CfP to anyone who you think might be interested in 
contributing/attending.
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