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A proposal to host Speech Prosody 2006 in Monticello, Illinois, USA

A proposal to host Speech Prosody 2006 in Monticello, Illinois, USA

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  1. A proposal to hostSpeech Prosody 2006in Monticello, Illinois, USA Mark Hasegawa-Johnson jhasegaw@uiuc.edu Electrical & Computer Engineering Department University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  2. Five Reasons to hold Speech Prosody 2006 at the University of Illinois • Interdisciplinary research in speech prosody supported by 14 faculty • Regional support • Institutional support: University of Illinois Division of Conferences & Institutes, Beckman Institute • Conference facilities • Option #1: Beckman Institute, Urbana • Option #2: Allerton Estate, Monticello • Option #3: Sheraton Waterfront Towers, Chicago • Regional attractions: Chicago, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Amish country

  3. Interdisciplinary Research at the University of Illinois(General Introduction) • Beckman Institute houses • 600 Faculty (120 full-time in the Beckman Institute), from • 24 Academic Departments, in • Three Major Research Themes: • Human-Computer Interaction • Molecular & Electronic Nanostructures • Biological Intelligence

  4. Conference Themes: Linguistics and Languages • Phonology and phonetics of prosody (Jennifer Cole, UIUC, Kenneth de Jong, IU, Mary Beckman, OSU, Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel, MIT) • Comparative phonology and phonetics (Zsuzsanna Fagyal, UIUC, Jose Hualde, UIUC)

  5. Conference Themes: Engineering and Computer Science • Speech synthesis (Richard Sproat, UIUC, Chilin Shih, UIUC, Ivan Bulyko, UW) • Speech recognition and understanding (Steve Levinson, UIUC, Dan Roth, UIUC, Elizabeth Shriberg, SRI, Mari Ostendorf, UW) • Audiovisual synthesis and recognition (Tom Huang, UIUC)

  6. Conference Themes: Psychology and Physiology • Psycholinguistics (Kathryn Bock, UIUC, Cynthia Fisher, UIUC) • ERP and fMRI (Susan Garnsey, UIUC) • Speech and auditory perception (Jont Allen, UIUC) • Physiology and pathology of the larynx (Adrienne Perlman, UIUC, Ingo Titze, Iowa)

  7. Interdisciplinary Research:Faculty Interested in Prosody(Volunteers for the Speech Prosody 2006 review committee)

  8. Regional Support • Speech Prosody 2006 • review committee: • volunteers from • Washington • SRI • Iowa • Indiana • Ohio State • MIT

  9. Institutional Support • University of Illinois Division of Conferences and Institutes • 9 full-time staff • Beckman Institute for Advanced Sciences and Technology • Logistical, scientific, and financial support • Allerton Estate and Conference Center • Conference facility designed for up to 350 guests

  10. Regional Attractions Chicago: 2.5 hrs by car/bus, 40 minutes by air Indianapolis: 2.5 hours (car/bus) Champaign, IL St. Louis: 3 hours by car/bus, 50 minutes by air Amish country: 30 minutes (car)

  11. Conference Facilities: Two Options • Allerton Estate and Conference Center • Venue for the 41st annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing, October 2003 • (350 guests, 250 oral presentations, 19 countries) • Sheraton Waterfront Towers, Chicago, IL • Candidate Venue for Landmark-Based Speech Recognition, WS04 planning meeting, May 2004

  12. Option #1: The Allerton Estate and Conference Center • 600-hectare park: flower gardens, sculpture garden, bowling green, forest • Largest hosted conference: 41st Allerton Conference, 350 guests, 19 countries, 250 oral presentations

  13. Option #1: The Allerton Estate and Conference Center • Proposed Schedule • Daily plenary session, 9AM • Parallel oral sessions in • Library (120 seats) • Solarium (50 seats) • Pine room (40 seats) • Brick room (40 seats) • Posters: 40/day, 10/session • Buffet Breakfast & Lunch, • Banquet Dinner

  14. Option #2: Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Chicago • Waterfront hotel on Lake Michigan, walking distance to Magnificent Mile, Art Institute, theater, opera, and symphony • Conference format: no parallel sessions

  15. Summary: Speech Prosody 2006 in Illinois Interdisciplinary research program with a focus in speech prosody Regional support Institutional support Pleasant venues Regional attractions Organizers committed to a productive conference