[Elsnet-list] [E-CfP] NL Dialog Workshop at KONVENS 2004

Ernst Buchberger ernst at ai.univie.ac.at
Sun Jun 20 17:51:41 CEST 2004

                          Call for Papers

                    (Workshop at KONVENS 2004)

                         14 September 2004
                          Vienna, Austria

                       Deadline: 20 July 2004


Natural language dialogs are increasingly important for supporting
information access and electronic commerce. It is a
not-too-distant-future vision for people to be talking to all kinds of
devices, applications and services as they move around their homes,
offices and cities. Such interfaces will need to provide natural,
intuitive and flexible interaction, and adapt to different users and
ever-changing situations.

Over the past two decades, computational dialogue modeling has made
considerable progress. However, most currently available systems
severely limit the space of possible interactions, both from the
viewpoint of dialogue strategies and input/output natural language
expressivity. This results in inflexible, boring and time-consuming
dialogues. Consequently, enhancing dialog capabilities of machine
conversants is urgently required.

The goal of this workshop is to discuss approaches that
model aspects of dialogs involved in flexible conversations.
These include, in particular,

* dialog models supporting flexible dialog (e.g., information state
   update based, rather than strict scripting and finite state models),
* modeling the semantics and pragmatics of various types of dialog acts
* modeling various discourse semantic and pragmatic phenomena, such
   as anaphoric reference, rhetorical relations, temporal relations,
   information structure, presupposition accommodation, etc.
* modeling negotiation and argumentation, subjectivity, opinions and
   semantic orientation
* modeling more fine grained aspects of spoken and textual input and
   output realization, such as prosody, word order, varied syntactic
   structure,  discourse markers, etc.
* adaptive multimodalinput and output, fusion and fission.

The goal of the workshop is to survey current work which addresses such
aspects of dialogue modeling, in terms of their effectiveness, coverage
and limitations, as well as ways to combine models addressing
complementary issues. Approaches with a strong empirical grounding are
especially welcome.

Substantial and original submissions on the above topics are welcome.
Accepted papers will be scheduled for presentation. Since this is a
workshop, we encourage papers that describe speculative ideas, work in
progress, and discussions of important issues.

Workshop chairs

Helmut Horacek, Saarland University
Ivana Kruijff-Korbayova, Saarland University

Programme Committee (to be announced)


Papers describing original work related to the workshop focus topics above,
should be submitted electronically.
Papers may range from extended abstracts to fully elaborate presentations,
4-8 pages long (inclusive of references, tables, figures and equations)
in PDF format, in accordance with the guidelines at the KONVENS site
Authors are strongly encouraged to use the following style file:

Send your submission to Helmut Horacek (horacek at cs.uni-sb.de) or
Ivana Kruijff-Korbayova (korbay at coli.uni-sb.de).

Important date

Paper submissions:          20 July   2004
Notification of acceptance:  4 August 2004
Camera-ready copies due:    20 August 2004
Registration deadline:      as KONVENS
Workshop dates:             14 September 2004 (afternoon)


The registration fees include
attendance of the workshop and a copy of workshop proceedings. Follow the
registration instructions at the KONVENS site
and indicate that you would like to attend the workshop.

Participation without Submission

People wishing to attend the workshop but not submitting papers should 
send a
notification of attendance: a 1-2 page stating interest to participate,
work done in NLG so far, and potential contributions / material for
discussions about one of the topics.
This information will help with the organisation of discussions
and allow for an informal and highly interactive workshop.

Contact Information

Notifications of attendance should be sent to
Helmut Horacek (horacek at cs.uni-sb.de) or
Ivana Kruijff-Korbayova (korbay at coli.uni-sb.de).
Ernst Buchberger,  Dept. of Med.Cybernetics & Artificial Intelligence,
Medical University of Vienna,    Freyung 6,    A-1010 Vienna,  Austria
and Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence,    Vienna
+(43-1)4277-63117 (tel),-9631 (fax), ernst.buchberger at meduniwien.ac.at

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