[Elsnet-list] Call for papers: 2007 SEMDIAL (Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue)

Ron Artstein artstein at essex.ac.uk
Thu Dec 21 16:51:21 CET 2006

 DECALOG -- The 2007 Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue

         Università di Trento (Italy), May 30 -- June 1, 2007


      Deadline for receipt of papers for review: 18 February 2007

                         in conjunction with

   Inaugural Workshop of the Language, Interaction and Computation Lab,
                  Center For Mind / Brain Sciences (CiMeC)

                             May 29, 2007


   The SEMDIAL series of workshops aim to bring together researchers
   working on the semantics and pragmatics of dialogue in fields such
   as artificial intelligence, computational linguistics, formal
   semantics/pragmatics, philosophy, psychology, and neural
   science. In 2007 we will celebrate ten years of the SEMDIAL series
   with the DECALOG workshop, organized at the Center for Mind/Brain
   Sciences, CIMeC (Centro Interdipartimentale Mente/Cervello), of the
   University of Trento in Rovereto. The SemDial workshops are always
   stimulating and fun, and Rovereto is a great place to visit.

   DECALOG will be held on May 30 -- June 1, 2007, in conjunction with
   the inaugural workshop of the Language, Interaction and Computation
   Lab of CIMeC on May 29. This one-day workshop will feature invited
   presentations by some of the leaders of the computational
   linguistics and human language technology community.


   We invite papers on all topics related to the semantics and
   pragmatics of dialogues, including, but not limited to:

     - models of common ground/mutual belief in communication
     - modelling agents' information states and how they get updated
     - multi-agent models and turn-taking
     - goals, intentions and commitments in communication
     - semantic interpretation in dialogues
     - reference in dialogues
     - ellipsis resolution in dialogues
     - dialogue and discourse structure
     - interpretation of questions and answers
     - nonlinguistic interaction in communication
     - natural language understanding and reasoning in spoken dialogue
     - multimodal dialogue systems
     - dialogue management in practical implementations
     - categorisation of dialogue moves or speech acts in corpora
     - designing and evaluating dialogue systems


   Deadline for receipt of papers is 18 February 2007, 23:59 UTC.
   Submit your paper via the web at


   Before submitting you must register with the website and receive a
   password by email; please do this well ahead of your submission,
   since email is sometimes unreliable. You will also need to fill out
   a web form with the author details and type in (or paste) a
   plain-text version of your abstract (200 words), in addition to
   uploading your paper.

   The actual paper should be an anonymous PDF file, 6 pages long
   (including data, tables, figures, and references), A4 paper size,
   11pt Times font, 2.5 cm (1 inch) margins, 2-column format. Include
   a one-paragraph abstract of the entire work (about 200 words). You
   may find it convenient to use the style files provided by
   COLING/ACL 2006.

   Multiple submissions by the same author or group of authors are
   allowed, but each person may only give one oral presentation at the

   We will have a separate submission of late-breaking system
   demonstrations and ongoing project descriptions, to be presented in
   a poster session during the workshop. Late-breaking submissions
   will be two pages long; they will not be refereed, but evaluated
   for relevance only by the program committee chairs. Submission of
   late-breaking abstracts will be allowed only after review of the
   main session papers has concluded. The deadline for late-breaking
   submissions is 15 April 2007.

Invited Speakers, Program Committee

   We're still in the process of contacting invited speakers and
   program committee members; we'll publish the details when they
   accept our invitations.


   Final, 8-page versions of the accepted papers, together with the
   2-page accepted late breaking abstracts, will be distributed in a
   proceedings volume at the workshop.

Important Dates

   Submissions due:           18 February 2007 (Sunday)
   Notification:              30 March 2007 (Friday)
   Late-breaking submissions: 15 April 2007 (Sunday)
   Notification:              20 April 2007 (Friday)
   Final versions due:        30 April 2007 (Monday)
   CIMeC inaugural workshop:  29 May 2007 (Tuesday)
   DECALOG 2007 workshop:     30 May -- 1 June 2007 (Wednesday--Friday)


   Ron Artstein (program co-chair)
   Laure Vieu (program co-chair)
   Massimo Poesio (local arrangements)

   If you have any questions, please write to one of the organizers
   (we do not have a dedicated email address).


    CIMeC -- Center for Mind/Brain Sciences  http://www.cimec.unitn.it/

    LUNA -- Spoken language understanding in multilingual
      communication systems  http://www.ist-luna.eu/

    LOA -- Laboratory for Applied Ontology  http://www.loa-cnr.it/

    ILIKS -- Interdisciplinary Laboratory on Interacting Knowledge
      Systems  http://www.loa-cnr.it/iliks/

Previous workshops in the SEMDIAL series include:

   MunDial'97 (Munich)
   Twendial'98 (Twente)
   Amstelogue'99 (Amsterdam)
   GÖTALOG 2000 (Gothenburg)
   BI-DIALOG 2001 (Bielefeld)
   EDILOG 2002 (Edinburgh)
   DiaBruck 2003 (Saarbruecken)
   CATALOG'04 (Barcelona)
   DIALOR'05 (Nancy)
   BRANDIAL 2006 (Potsdam)

   (see also http://cswww.essex.ac.uk/semdial/ )

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