24, Nov. 2004

Oriental COCOSDA Committee Meeting Minute

Date: Thu. 18, Nov. 2004; 18:30-19:30

Place: Room Willow, International Habitat Center, New Delhi, India

Participants: Shyam. S. Agrawal, Hiroya Fujisaki, Fang Hu, Dawa Idomuso, Shuichi Itahashi, Haizhou Li, Satoshi Nakamura, K. Samudravijaya, Chiu-Yu Tseng, Yongnam Um, Djemel Mostefa, Om Vikas.

Subjects:

  1. Itahashi introduced a rough sketch of COCOSDA and Oriental COCOSDA and then he showed the list of representatives of Oriental COCOSDA.
  2. New regional representative: We usually have two representatives from each region, but we have only one from Indonesia. Itahashi proposed that Dr. Hammam Riza as a new representative from Indonesia and it was approved.
  3. Advisory committee: Prof. Fujisaki suggested that the name “Advisory Committee” sounds too formal and we should use “Advisory Members” instead and it was approved.
  4. Next meting in 2005: There was no presence from Indonesia, but Itahashi presented a promotion power-point slides which were sent to him from Dr. Riza via Dr. Arman. They proposed to host the next meeting in Bali, Indonesia. The venue candidates are Bali Intercontinental Resort and Nusa Dua Beach Hotel but they did not indicate the date, which should be decided soon. Itahashi will continue communicating with them.
  5. Meetings after 2005: Malaysia, Vietnam, Xinjang Uygur Autonomous Region of China and Japan were suggested as the candidates for the venue of the meeting. Dr. Li said he knows a few researchers working in Kuala Lumpur and Penang. He said he will contact them. Prof. Fujisaki said he knows some researchers working in Hanoi. He also said they have an exchange program with JAIST (Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) in Hokuriku, Japan. Dr. Dawa said that there are some active researchers in Xinjang working on Mongolian speech and language and he will contact them. There were some opinions that it would be nice to have 2008 meeting in Japan to commemorate tenth anniversary of Oriental COCOSDA, as the first meeting was held in Japan in 1998.
  6. Itahashi introduced the two directions in COCOSDA activities, i.e. regional activities and the activities on 4 topic domains including Evaluation of speech understanding and spoken dialogue, Multimodal corpora, Corpus annotation, and Local languages.
  7. Multilingual Speech Corpus: As a candidate for Oriental COCOSDA topic domain, collecting Multilingual Corpus was suggested by Itahashi. He added it would be possible to expect some support form SITEC (Korean LDC). We need more time to discuss this matter.
  8. Cooperation with NLP community: NLP community launched an organization called ICWLRE (International Committee for Written Language Resources and Evaluation) 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 hosts a conference ICJNLP (International Joint Conference on NLP). There are also several conferences related to NLP such as ALR, ICCPOL, ICSP, ISCSLP, PACLIC, PACLING, etc. The ALR seems to be a NLP counterpart of Oriental COCOSDA. Possibility of cooperation with some of these conferences, especially with ALR, was discussed. It was suggested that we could have a joint meeting with ALR and we continue considering the cooperation with them.
  9. Dr. Vikas suggested that Oriental COCOSDA should take up such themes as evaluation and standardization and put forward them more actively. Itahashi mentioned that Oriental COCOSDA is based on voluntary activities with no financial support. Dr. Vikas also mentioned that it is important to promote such matter considering the previous achievement of Oriental COCOSDA.

P. S.

Advisory members:

China: Jialu Zhang

Japan: Hiroya Fujisaki

Korea: Aougil Ann

Representatives:
China: Profs. Thomas Fang Zheng, Aijun Li
Hong Kong : Profs. Qiang Huo, P. C. Ching
India: Drs. Shyam S. Agrawal, K. Samudravijaya

Indonesia: Drs. Arry Akhmad Arman, Hammam Riza
Japan: Prof. S. Itahashi, Dr. Satoshi Nakamura

Dr. Nick Campbell (Liaison to COCOSDA-CCC)
Korea: Profs. Yong Ju Lee, Yung Hwan Oh
Mongolia: Dr. Dawa Idomuso, Dashtseren Erdenebat
Singapore: Prof. Kim Teng Lua, Dr. Haizhu Li
Taiwan: Profs. Lin-shan Lee, Hsiao-Chuan Wang
Thailand: Dr. Virach Sornlertlamvanich, Prof. Thanaruk Theeramunkong

Home page:

http://www.milab.is.tsukuba.ac.jp/o-cocosda/