24, Nov. 2004
Oriental COCOSDA Committee
Date: Thu. 18, Nov.
Place: Room Willow,
International Habitat Center, New Delhi, India
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.
- Itahashi introduced a rough
sketch of COCOSDA and Oriental COCOSDA and then he showed the list of
representatives of Oriental COCOSDA.
- 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.
- Advisory committee: Prof.
Fujisaki suggested that the name “Advisory Committee” sounds too
formal and we should use “Advisory Members” instead and it was approved.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
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
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