7, Oct. 2003
Oriental COCOSDA Committee
Date: Thu. 2, Oct.
Place: Sijori Resort
Participants: S. Agrawal,
N. Campbell, K. Hirose, S. Itahashi, Y-J Lee, H-Z Li, K-T Lua, Patcharika
Colsomrong, Rungkarn Siricharoenchai, C-Y Tseng, H-C Wang , T. F. Zheng
- Regional representatives:
We have one to three representatives from each region now. Itahashi
proposed that it would be desirable to have two representatives from
each region so that one of them at least can be present at the meeting.
This was approved and Dr. K. Samudravijaya was recommended for India
and Dr. S. Nakamura was recommended for Japan. Itahashi will ask the
concerned representatives to recommend one more person from Hong Kong,
Mongolia and Thailand. We also try to invite representatives from Indonesia.
- Advisory committee: Itahashi
proposed that we should have an advisory committee to have senior members
who could give suitable advice to the representative?? ??? committee. For
the members of the advisory committee, Dr. S-G Ann, Dr. H. Fujisaki,
and Dr. J. Zhang was recommended and approved.
- Topic domain: It was discussed
whether we should have topic domains as the parent COCOSDA does, which
include Evaluation of Speech Understanding and Dialogue Systems, Multi-modal
Corpora, Corpus Annotation Tools, and Local Languages. This subject
was discussed together with the next one.
- Multilingual Speech Corpus:
As a candidate for Oriental COCOSDA topic domain, Collecting Multilingual
Corpus was suggested by Itahashi with the support from Y-J Lee. But
there was not explicit approval for this subject. We need more time
to think over this matter.
- Next meting in India: Dr.
Agrawal reported the plan of the next meeting. It will be held during
Wed. 17 to Fri. 19, Nov. 2004 in New Delhi at some hotel. There will
also be a Symposium on speech and natural language processing in parallel
with Oriental COCOSDA meeting. Registration fee will be $200 for overseas
participants and &100 for those from India and students. Financial
support will be available for those who are hard to afford the registration
fee. He plans to have 6 keynote speeches during the conference, two
for each day. He mentioned a plan of the general chair, members of the
international advisory committee, organizing committee, and program
committee. The conference will be hosted by C-DAC, Nodia and the initial
approval was obtained. There will be such events as scientific demonstration
by Indian research groups and also some sightseeing.
- Meetings after 2004: Indonesia,
Malaysia and Japan were suggested as the candidates for the venue of
the meeting. However, it was discussed that it would be difficult to
have a meeting in Indon?? ???a???怠??esia, because a delegate from Indonesia we had
for the first time this year was from natural language processing (NLP)
community, though the paper was on speech synthesis. We had no participant
from Malaysia this time, but we could try to find somebody to take care
of the meeting. If it is not possible to have one in Malaysia, then
we could consider to have a meeting in Japan.
- Cooperation with NLP community:
NLP community has launched an organization called ICWLR (International
Committee for Written Language Resources) which can be considered as
the NLP counterpart of COCOSDA. Under this, AFNLP (Asia Federation of
Natural Language Processing, http://www.afnlp.org/) was established
which is going to host a new conference CJNLP (International Joint Conference
on NLP), which is the successor to NLPRS. It is scheduled to be held
on March 22-24 in Hainan Island, China. There are also several conferences
related to NLP such as PACLIC, PACLING, ICCC, ROCLING, ISCSP, NCMMC,
etc. Possibility of cooperation with some of these conferences was discussed.
It was approved to consider future joint conference with IJCNLP or some
are as follows:
China: Profs. Jialu Zhang, Thomas Fang Zheng, Aijun Li
Hong Kong : Prof. Qiang Huo
India: Dr. S. Agrawal
Japan: Prof. S. Itahashi, Dr. Nick Campbell (Liason to CCC)
Korea: Profs. Y-J Lee, Y-H Oh
Mongolia: Dr. Dawa Idomuso
Singapore: Prof. Kim Teng Lua
Taiwan: Profs. Lin-shan Lee, H-C Wang
Thailand: Dr. Virach Sornlertlamvanich