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From: Dan Stowell <>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:47:46 +0000
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Subject:        Call for Participation/Papers: VIHAR-2017
Date:   Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:33:11 +0000
From:   Prof. Roger K. Moore <>

(apologies for any unintended cross-mailing)


1st International Workshop on Vocal Interactivity in-and-between Humans,
Animals and Robots (VIHAR-2017)

25-26 August 2017
University of Skövde, Sweden <>

Almost all animals exploit vocal signals for a range of
ecologically-motivated purposes: from detecting predators/prey and
marking territory, to expressing emotions, establishing social relations
and sharing information. Whether it’s a bird raising an alarm, a whale
calling to potential partners, a dog responding to human commands, a
parent reading a story with a child, or a businessperson accessing stock
prices using Siri on an iPhone, vocalisation provides a valuable
communications channel through which behaviour may be coordinated and
controlled, and information may be distributed and acquired. Indeed, the
ubiquity of vocal interaction has led to research across an extremely
diverse array of fields, from assessing animal welfare, to understanding
the precursors of human language, to developing voice-based
human-machine interaction. Clearly, there is potential for
cross-fertilisation between disciplines; for example, using robots to
investigate contemporary theories of language grounding, using machine
learning to analyse different habitats or adding vocal expressivity to
the next generation of autonomous social agents. However, many
opportunities remain unexplored, not least due to the lack of a suitable

VIHAR-2017 aims to bring together researchers studying vocalisations and
speech-based interaction in-and- between humans, animals and robots from
a variety of different fields. The workshop is being organised by
participants of a recent Dagstuhl Seminar on the same topic, and follows
the publication of a short review article:
VIHAR-2017 will provide a timely opportunity for scientists and
engineers from different fields to share theoretical insights, best
practices, tools and methodologies, and to identify common principles
underpinning vocal behaviour in a multi-disciplinary environment.

We invite original submissions of four-page INTERSPEECH-style papers
(plus one page of references) or two-page extended abstracts (including
references) in all areas of vocal interactivity. Suggested workshop
topics may include, but are not limited to, the following areas:
* physiological and morphological similarities/differences between vocal
systems in animals
* properties and functions of animal signals
* evolution of vocal interactivity
* vocal imitation and learning
* conveyance of emotion
* comparative analyses of human and animal vocalisations
* use of vocalisation
* vocal interactivity between non-conspecifics
* spoken language systems
* technology-based research methods

Paper submissions should conform to the format as detailed in the
INTERSPEECH 2017 Author’s Kit

Key Dates:
Submission deadline - 2 June 2017
Notification of acceptance - 30 June 2017
Workshop - 25-26 August 2017

Robert Eklund, Linköping University
Angela Dassow, Carthage College
Ricard Marxer, University of Sheffield
Roger K. Moore, University of Sheffield
Bhiksha Raj, Carnegie Mellon University
Rita Singh, Carnegie Mellon University
Serge Thill, University of Skövde
Benjamin Weiss, Technical University of Berlin

VIHAR-2017 takes place immediately after INTERSPEECH in Stockholm
( <>) and
is supported by the International Speech Communication Association
( <>).

For details, visit the VIHAR-2017 website:

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list by entering your e-mail address at
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