[Elsnet-list] FINAL CFP : AAAI workshop on Statistical and Empirical Approaches for Spoken Dialogue Systems

Jason D. Williams jdw30 at eng.cam.ac.uk
Wed Mar 8 13:06:07 CET 2006

 [Apologies for multiple postings]

                        FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS

                         AAAI Workshop on 
                Statistical and Empirical Approaches 
                    for Spoken Dialogue Systems

                   Boston, Massachusetts, USA
                          17 July 2006


             *** PAPER DEADLINE Friday 17 March 2006 ***


This workshop seeks to draw new work on statistical and empirical
approaches for spoken dialogue systems. We welcome both theoretical and
applied work, addressing issues such as:

    * Representations and data structures suitable for automated
learning of dialogue models
    * Machine learning techniques for automatic generation and
improvement of dialogue managers
    * Machine learning techniques for ontology construction and
    * Techniques to accurately simulate human-computer dialogue
    * Creation, use, and evaluation of user models
    * Methods for automatic evaluation of dialogue systems
    * Integration of spoken dialogue systems into larger intelligent
agents, such as robots
    * Investigations into appropriate optimization criteria for spoken
dialogue systems
    * Applications and real-world examples of spoken dialogue systems
incorporating statistical or empirical techniques
    * Use of statistical or empirical techniques within multi-modal
dialogue systems
    * Application of statistical or empirical techniques to
multi-lingual spoken dialogue systems
    * Rapid development of spoken dialogue systems from database content
and corpora
    * Adaptation of dialogue systems to new domains and languages
    * The use and application of techniques and methods from related
areas, such as cognitive science, operations research, emergence models,
    * Any other aspect of the application of statistical or empirical
techniques to Spoken Dialogue Systems.


This will be a one-day workshop immediately before the main AAAI
conference and will consist mainly of presentations of new work by

The day will also feature a keynote talk from Satinder Singh (University
of Michigan), who will speak about using Reinforcement Learning in the
spoken dialogue domain. 

Interaction will be encouraged and sufficient time will be left for
discussion of the work presented. To facilitate a collaborative
environment, the workshop size will be limited to authors, presenters,
and a small number of other participants.

Proceedings of the workshop will be published as an AAAI technical


Prospective authors are invited to submit full-length, 6-page,
camera-ready papers via email. Authors are requested to use the AAAI
paper template and follow the AAAI formatting guidelines.

AAAI paper template:

AAAI formatting guidelines:

Authors are asked to email papers to Jason Williams at jasondwilliams
[at] gmail [dot] com.

All papers will be reviewed electronically by three reviewers. Comments
will be provided and time will be given for incorporation of comments
into accepted papers.

For accepted papers, at least one author from each paper is expected to
register and attend. If no authors of an accepted paper register for the
workshop, the paper may be removed from the workshop proceedings.
Finally, authors of accepted papers will be expected to sign a standard
AAAI-06 "Permission to distribute" form.


    * Friday 17 March 2006 : Camera-ready paper submission deadline
    * Monday 24 April 2006 : Acceptance notification
    * Friday 5 May 2006 : AAAI-06 and workshop registration opens
    * Friday 12 May 2006 : Final camera-ready papers and "AAAI
Permission to distribute" forms due
    * Friday 19 May 2006 : AAAI-06 Early registration deadline
    * Friday 16 June 2006 : AAAI-06 Late registration deadline
    * Monday 17 July 2006 : Workshop
    * Tuesday-Thursday 18-20 July 2006 : Main AAAI-06 Conference


    Alex Acero, Microsoft
    Jan Alexandersson, DFKI GmbH, Germany
    Grace Chung, MIT, USA
    Stephen Cox, University of East Anglia, UK
    Nils Dahlbäck, Linköping University, Sweden
    Matthias Denecke, NTT Computer Science Laboratories, Japan
    Guiseppe di Fabbrizio, AT&T Research, USA
    James Glass, MIT, USA
    Dilek Hakkani-Tur, AT&T Research, USA
    Eric Horvitz, Microsoft Research, USA
    Mark Huckvale, UCL 
    Arne Jönsson, Linköping University, Sweden
    Kazunori Komatani, Kyoto University, Japan
    Staffan Larsson, Göteborgs Universitet, Sweden
    Ramón López-Cózar Delgado, University of Granada, Spain
    Michael McTear, University of Ulster, UK
    Mikio Nakano, Honda Research Institute, Japan
    Joelle Pineau, McGill University, Canada
    Joe Polifroni, University of Sheffield, UK
    Pascal Poupart, University of Waterloo
    Manny Rayner, NASA, USA
    Norbert Reithinger, DFKI, Germany
    Steve Renals, Edinburgh
    Nick Roy, MIT, USA
    Alex Rudnicky, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
    Stephanie Seneff, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Candice Sidner, MERL, USA
    Joel Tetreault, University of Pittsburg
    Gokhan Tur, AT&T Research, USA
    Steve Young, University of Cambridge
    Ingrid Zukerman, Monash University, Australia


    Pascal Poupart, University of Waterloo 
    ppoupart [at] cs [dot] uwaterloo [dot] ca 

    Stephanie Seneff, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
    seneff [at] csail [dot] mit [dot] edu 

    Jason D. Williams, University of Cambridge 
    jdw30 [at] cam [dot] ac [dot] uk 

    Steve Young, University of Cambridge 
    sjy [at] eng [dot] cam [dot] ac [dot] uk 


For additional information please contact:

    Jason Williams 
    Correspondence: jdw30 [at] cam [dot] ac [dot] uk 
    Submissions: jasondwilliams [at] gmail [dot] com 
    Phone: +44 7786 683 013 
    Fax: +44 1223 332662 
    Cambridge University 
    Department of Engineering 
    Trumpington Street 
    CB2 1PZ 
    United Kingdom

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