The annual Text, Speech and Dialogue Conference (TSD), which originated in 1998, is
now starting its second decade. So far more than 1,000 authors from 45 countries have
contributed to the proceedings. TSD constitutes a recognized platform for the presentation
and discussion of state-of-the-art technology and recent achievements in the field
of natural language processing. It has become an interdisciplinary forum, interweaving
the themes of speech technology and language processing. The conference attracts
researchers not only from Central and Eastern Europe but also from other parts of the
world. Indeed, one of its goals has always been to bring together NLP researchers with
different interests from different parts of the world and to promote their mutual cooperation.
One of the ambitions of the conference is, as its title says, not only to deal
with dialogue systems as such, but also to contribute to improving dialogue between
researchers in the two areas of NLP, i.e., between text and speech people. In our view,
the TSD Conference was successful in this respect again in 2010.
This volume contains the proceedings of the 13th TSD Conference, held in Brno,
Czech Republic in September 2010. In the review process, 71 papers were accepted out
of 144 submitted, an acceptance rate of 49.3%. We would like to thank all the authors
for the efforts they put into their submissions and the members of Program Committee
and reviewers who did a wonderful job helping us to select the most appropriate
papers. We are also grateful to the invited speakers for their contributions. Their talks
provide insight into important current issues, applications and techniques related to the
Special thanks are due to the members of Local Organizing Committee for their
tireless effort in organizing the conference.
The TEXpertise of Petr Sojka resulted in the production of the volume that you are
holding in your hands.
We hope that both participants and readers will benefit from the results of this event
and disseminate the ideas of the TSD Conference all over the world.