[Elsnet-list] Call for Participation - 6th SIGdial Workshop on Discourse and Dialogue

Wolfgang Minker wolfgang.minker at uni-ulm.de
Thu Jul 7 10:08:16 CEST 2005

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                           Call for Participation

            6th SIGdial Workshop on Discourse and Dialogue

                  Lisbon, Portugal, 2-3 September 2005
         (held in conjunction with Eurospeech/Interspeech 2005)



Dear Colleagues,

It is our pleasure to invite you to participate in this 6th SIGdial
Workshop on Discourse and Dialogue, which will be held at the Sana
Metropolitan Hotel in Lisbon (Portugal) on 2-3 September 2005. The
workshop takes place just before the Eurospeech/Interspeech

Continuing a series of successful workshops in Hong Kong, Aalborg,
Philadelphia, Sapporo and Boston, this workshop spans the ACL and ISCA
SIGdial interest area of discourse and dialogue. The workshop series
provides a regular forum for the presentation of research in the
discourse and dialogue area to both the larger SIGdial community as
well as to researchers outside this community. The workshop is
organised by SIGdial, which is sponsored jointly by ACL and ISCA.


We welcome formal, corpus-based, implementational and analytical work
on discourse and dialogue, with a focus on the following three themes:

1. Dialogue Systems

Spoken, multi-modal, and text/web based dialogue systems including
topics such as:
* Dialogue management models;
* Adaptive dialogue modelling;
* Emotional dialogue;
* Modality integration, e.g. between speech, gesture, text, graphics
* User modelling;
* Task-driven versus conversational non-task-oriented dialogue;
* Strategies for preventing, detecting or handling miscommunication
   (repair and correction types, clarification and under-specificity,
   grounding and feedback strategies);
* Utilising prosodic information for understanding and for
* Evaluation of dialogue systems and components;
* Methods for evaluation of non-task-oriented dialogue systems;
* Methods for evaluation of multimodal dialogue systems;
* Methods for evaluation of dialogue systems for specific
   environments (e.g. mobile) environments

2. Corpora, Coding Schemes and Tools

Corpus-based work on discourse and spoken, text-based and multi-modal
dialogue including its support, in particular:

* Annotation tools and coding schemes;
* Data resources for discourse and dialogue studies, including
   multimodal resources;
* Corpora containing information on speech, emotions and dialogue;
* Corpus-based techniques and analysis (including machine learning)

3. Pragmatic and/or Semantic Modelling

The pragmatics and/or semantics of discourse and dialogue (i.e. beyond
a single sentence) including the following issues:

* The semantics/pragmatics of dialogue acts;
* Models of discourse/dialogue structure and their relation to
   referential and relational structure;
* Prosody in discourse and dialogue;
* Models of presupposition and accommodation;
* Operational models of conversational implicature;
* Modelling style (e.g. politeness) and emotions;
* Pragmatics and/or semantic modelling of issues in NLP applications
   such as text summarisation, question answering, and information


Workshop website: http://www.sigdial.org/workshops/workshop6/
Sigdial website: http://www.sigdial.org/
Eurospeech website: http://www.interspeech2005.org/


Jan Alexandersson, DFKI, Germany
Niels Ole Bernsen, University of Southern Denmark
André Berton, DaimlerChrysler AG, Germany
Dirk Bühler, University of Ulm, Germany
Rolf Carlson KTH, Sweden
Justine Cassell, Northwestern University, USA
Mark Core, University of Edinburgh, UK
Morena Danieli, Loquendo, Italy
Els den Os, MPI, The Netherlands
Hans Dybkjær, Prolog Development Center A/S, Denmark
Kate Forbes, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Sadaoki Furui, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Joakim Gustafson, Teliasonera, Sweden
Gerhard Hanrieder, Temic SDS, Germany
Mary Harper, NSF/CISE, USA
Koiti Hasida, AIST, Japan
Paul Heisterkamp, DaimlerChrysler AG, Germany
Ludwig Hitzenberger, University of Regensburg, Germany
Masato Ishizaki, University of Tokyo, Japan
Kristiina Jokinen, University of Helsinki, Finland
Pamela Jordan, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Lars Bo Larsen, University of Aalborg, Denmark
Susann Luperfoy, Stottler Henke Associates, USA
Joseph Mariani, French Ministry of Research and Education
Sharon Oviatt, Oregon Health and Sciences University, USA
Tim Paek, Microsoft Research, USA
Patrick Paroubek, LIMSI-CNRS, France
Roberto Pieraccini, IBM, USA
Massimo Poesio, University of Essex, UK
Norbert Reithinger, DFKI, Germany
Laurent Romary, LORIA, France
Alex Rudnicky, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Elizabeth Shriberg, SRI International and ICSI, USA
Candy Sidner, Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL), USA
Ronnie Smith, East Carolina University, USA
Michael Streit, DFKI, Germany
Marc Swerts, Tilburg University, The Netherlands
David Traum, USC/ICT, USA
Bonnie Webber, University of Edinburgh, UK
Janyce Wiebe, University of Pittsburgh, USA


Laila Dybkjær, University of Southern Denmark, laila at nis.sdu.dk
Wolfgang Minker, University of Ulm, Germany,
wolfgang.minker at e-technik.uni-ulm.de

Wolfgang Minker
University of Ulm
Department of Information Technology
Albert-Einstein-Allee 43
D-89081 Ulm
Phone: +49 731 502 6254/-6251
Fax:   +49 691 330 3925516

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