ST&D 2017 Conference Registration

Welcome to the conference registration page for the 2017 conference of the Society for Text & Discourse. Follow this link to see the conference schedule. 2017 ST&D Conference Program

Registration is considerably cheaper if you are a member of ST&D for the 2017 year. If you need to renew your membership or become a member, visit our membership page before registering for the conference. The main conference website can be found here.

Registration Rates (before JUNE 30):

  • Faculty member:  $220
  • Student member:  $110
  • Faculty non-member: $430
  • Student non-member: $225

You can also reserve your hotel reservation at the Sonesta Hotel at the conference rate of $159 per night.

Conference registration includes all presentations and poster sessions as well as coffee breaks and light continental breakfast. We also have a conference dinner (described below) which  you may add on when you register, and two pre-conference workshops. The workshops are free but you should register when you register for the conference if you would like to attend. Follow the link at the bottom of this page to begin the registration process.

Conference dinner ($60): 

There is a conference dinner Tuesday, August 1 from 7 – 9 pm at CITY TAVERN (est. 1773), “the most genteel tavern in America” ~ John Adams.

Located in Old City and one block from the Delaware River, we will experience authentic 18th century American culinary history.  The distance from the Sonesta Hotel is 1.6 miles, a 30-minute walk or 15-minute cab/subway ride. We will gather in the ‘The Long Room’ as did Congress for the first Fourth of July Celebration in 1777.  And, like America’s founding fathers, you won’t want to miss a genuine colonial meal.  Today, that comes from proprietor and Chef Walter Staib, who is also the Four-time Emmy award winning host of ‘A Taste of History’.

The cost of the conference dinner is $60. After you select a conference registration type, the conference dinner will be an additional option. There is a dinner capacity of 80 people, so after it fills, the dinner option will not be available.

Walking Ghost Tour of Philadelphia ($14):

If you’re looking for a slightly different historical view of Philadelphia while in town for the conference, keep reading…

And, if you’re brave enough to explore a combination of folklore and ghost stories from among some of the oldest areas and buildings within Philadelphia, register below for the Walking Ghost Tour of Philadelphia – immediately following the City Tavern group dinner.

In fact, the tour begins at City Tavern* and continues into Society Hill and Independence Park. By candlelight, a costumed storyteller (aka tour guide**) will lead the way along secret gardens and back streets, into eerie graveyards and mysterious tales of the haunted history of Philadelphia. The ghost stories you’ll hear are historically documented through interviews and research and based on the book, Ghost Stories of Philadelphia, PA.

Quick Notes ~

  • Family friendly
  • Wear/bring comfortable walking shoes
  • Bring an umbrella – rain or shine— although subject to cancellation due to lightning
  • Cameras – Yes!

For more information on the Ghost Tours of Philadelphia, check out:

* Registration is also open to those not attending the City Tavern group dinner.

** Each group of thirty will have its own tour guide. There is no maximum number for the tour.

Conference workshops:

The conference workshops will be held on July 31 from 8-11:00 am (just before the start of the conference). After you select a conference registration type, you will select which workshop you would like (or neither). There is no cost for the workshops.

Workshop 1: An Introduction to R  (Jonathan Weeks)

With the increased use of R for research and operational analyses, there is a growing need for individuals who are familiar with the application. This session will be conducted as a highly-interactive lecture combined with hands-on data analysis in two parts. No prior knowledge about R is assumed. Participants will be expected to bring their own laptop (PC, Mac, Linux).

Sessions will be limited to 30 participants each.

Part 1 – 8:00-9:30

The first part of the session will be an introduction to R, including the use of basic R commands, accessing help and documentation, importing data, descriptive statistics, significance tests, and the creation of plots.

Part 2 – 9:30-11:00

The second part of the session will focus on more intermediate topics in R, including data manipulation, the use of loops, installing and working with packages, and writing your own functions. An overview of relevant packages for common statistical and psychometric analyses will be provided, and the use of RStudio will be discussed. Examples will be presented via a step-by-step approach.

Workshop 2: Designing conversational items using spoken dialog (Vikram Ramanarayanan)

This workshop will introduce participants to the basics of designing conversational items for using spoken and multimodal dialog technology. The workshop will assume no prior knowledge of dialog technology, and will demonstrate the use of open-source software tools in building conversational items. The last half of the workshop will be specifically dedicated to a hands-on item building session, where participants will have a chance to design and deploy their own dialog item from scratch on a cloud-based dialog platform. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops (with Windows or Mac operating systems installed; Linux not supported). Additional software installation instructions will be sent prior to the workshop.

Part I: State of the art (8 AM – 9:05 AM)

  • Introduction to Spoken Dialog Technology
  • Designing a Library of Conversational Items
  • Pragmatics and Feedback for Language Learning
  • Bleeding Edge Topics – Scoring, Accessibility, Psychometrics

Part II: Hands-on Tutorial Workshop (9:05 AM – 11 AM)

  • Brief Intro to Goals of the Session and Intro to OpenVXML
  • Step-by-step Tutorial in Designing a Simple Conversational Item in OpenVXML
  • Hands-on Development and Deployment of Custom Applications
  • Concluding Remarks

Student travel awards: Application deadline is June 30

We are pleased to once again offer limited funding to students traveling to the ST&D conference. We set up a quick survey for students to respond to questions about their financial need. Preference is given to students traveling from overseas, and to those giving a spoken presentation. But we encourage all presenting students to apply. Follow this link to apply for a student travel award.

Register for the ST&D 2017 conference

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