of Oriental-COCOSDA General Meeting
(prepared by Chiu-yu Tseng)
Date: 09:30-12:10, August 11(Tues), 2009
Place: FIT (Future Internet Technology Building), Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
Participants of the International Conference of O-COCOSDA 2009
Chair: Dr. Chiu-yu Tseng,
Convener, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan
Tseng thanked the organizers from Xinjiang University and China representatives
Thomas Fang Zheng and Aijun Li for making Oriental-COCOSDA 2009 possible
in spite of the difficulties encountered in July. She reported on
major activities of Oriental-COCOSDA since last meeting (Nov. 27, 2008,
Of the 14 countries/regions,
13 6-slide or1-page reports except Pakistan were received beforehand
and included in the conference proceedings, 13 oral reports were presented
at the meeting. Philippine joined Oriental-COCOSDA for the first time.
The reports updated activities related to speech database collection,
resource sharing and evaluation measurements. The O-COCOSDA countries
and regions have all been actively engaging in speech corpora collection
and related works from November 2008 to date. The 13 reports are:
Editor-in-chief Shuichi Itahashi reports on soliciting publishers, both in paper format and web publication.
Individual membership will
remain free of charge. Continued efforts will be devoted to group members
with a fee.
Yoshinori Sagisaka presented
an international consortium from mostly by Oriental-COCOSDA countries
in 2008. The aim is to construct open-resource speech databases of L2
Asian English speech representing regional varieties spoken in Asia.
The consortium is open to more participation. Annual
AESOP workshops will be held neck to neck with Oriental COCOSDA conferences
and at the same location.
by Nepal to organize O-COCOSDA 2010 was prepared by Bhim Regmi and presented
by Chiu-yu Tseng. It was discussed in detail during the meeting while
Chiu-yuTseng and Shyam Agrawal clarified many points asked by the members.
Most of the members supported it and has been tentatively approved that
the next O-C 2010 may be held at Kathmandu between Oct 25 and Nov 5 and organized
by. The committee was of the view that Dr. Agrawal should assist in
organizing the technical program.
The proposal by Taiwan to organize
O-COCOSDA 2011 was prepared by Hsiao-chuan Wang and
presented by Sin-Horng
The assembly reiterated the 2008 resolution that O-COCOSDA conferences be rotated by a cycle established by the 10 organizers from 1998 to 2007, repeating from 2008, with the exception of countries or regions not yet hosted O-COCSDA conferences and new comers of the community. Philippines expressed interest to host after 2012. However, it was pointed out that Hong Kong, a long standing active contributing member of O-COCOSDA, has not yet organized any O-COCOSDA conferences. Therefore, it is the general consensus that Hong Kong comes before the Philippines and Convener Chiu-yu Tseng will solicit feedback and coordinate events during the interim.