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

Wolfgang Minker wolfgang.minker at e-technik.uni-ulm.de
Tue Mar 22 18:33:58 CET 2005

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                            Call for Papers

             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


The program committee welcomes the submission of long papers for full
plenary presentation as well as short papers and demonstrations. Short
papers and demo descriptions will be featured in short plenary
presentations, followed by posters and demonstrations.

Long papers must be no longer than 10 pages, including title page,
examples, references, etc. In addition to this, two additional pages
are allowed as an appendix which may include extended example
discourses or dialogues, algorithms, graphical representations, etc.
Short papers and demo descriptions should be 5 pages or less
(including title page, examples, references, etc.)

Authors are encouraged to make illustrative materials available, on
the web or otherwise. For example, excerpts of recorded conversations,
recordings of human-computer dialogues, interfaces to working systems,

Both long papers and short papers should be submitted on
http://www.sigdial.org/workshops/papers/ and must be received no later
than 25 April, 2005.

The format to use for long papers, short papers, and demo descriptions
is the same. Style files are available at
http://www.sigdial.org/workshops/workshop6/style/. Papers must be
submitted in pdf format. The title page (no separate title page is
needed) should include the following information:

  * Title;
  * Authors' names, affiliations, and email addresses;
  * Keywords;
  * Abstract (short summary up to 5 lines)

IMPORTANT DATES (preliminary)

Submission: April 25
Notification: June 6
Final submissions: June 30
Workshop: September 2-3


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


All accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings and
will subsequently be made available on the SIGdial web site. At least
one co-author must be registered for the workshop by June 30,
2005. Authors of a selected number of papers accepted for the workshop
proceedings will be considered for publication in a book to be
published by an international leading publisher. Prospective authors
will be contacted by the volume editors after the workshop.


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


The fee for the workshop, including Omnipress Proceedings and a
Welcome Welcome Reception is as follows

Standard                150 Euro
Student                     90 Euro
Late registration supplement
(after June 30, 2005)             30 Euro


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
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