[Elsnet-list] [Elsnet] LONDIAL 2008: the 12th Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue

Jonathan Ginzburg ginzburg at dcs.kcl.ac.uk
Tue Feb 5 18:25:05 CET 2008

Dear Moderator,

Could you please post this announcement to the list?

Many thanks,

Jonathan Ginzburg

                     LONDIAL 2008: the 12th Workshop on the Semantics  
and Pragmatics of Dialogue
  Second Call for Papers

                                                  King’s College  
London, June 2nd – June 4th, 2008

in conjunction with:

Final workshop of Dialogue Matters: Foundations for Technology  
(Leverhulme International Network Project).

King’s College London, June 1st – 2nd, 2008

for multiple postings)

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 2008 we  
will celebrate eleven years of the SEMDIAL series with the LONDIAL  
workshop, to be organized at King’s College London (KCL) in  
conjunction with the Interaction, Media and Communication Group at  
Queen Mary London (QMUL). The SEMDIAL workshops are always  
stimulating and fun, and with KCL being in the heart of London, just  
across from the South Bank Centre, there will be no shortage of  
evening entertainment.

LONDIAL 2008 will be held in conjunction with the closing workshop of  
the Leverhulme-funded network Dialogue Matters: Foundations for  
Technology Development, initially set up between London (KCL, QMUL),  
Edinburgh/Glasgow, Stanford, Stony Brook, Gothenburg, Essex, with  
additional collaborators now also participating. This two-day  
workshop on 1st-2nd June will feature invited presentations by  
members of this group and other leaders of the computational  
linguistics and human language technology community. This series of  
workshops has provided an extremely fruitful synergy of theoretical,  
historical, computational and psycho-linguists, with overlapping  
interests in dialogue modeling. Confirmed speakers include Susan  
Brennan, Amanda Stent, Robin Cooper and Staffan Larsson.

There is also a planned session on dialogue situated in joint action.


Submissions due: 21st March 2008
Notification: 16th April 2008
Final version due: 30th April 2008
Dialogue Matters opening workshop: 2nd June 2008 (Monday)
LONDIAL 2008: 2nd – 4th June 2008 (Monday - Wednesday)

SCOPE (expanded from first call):

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
- modeling agents' information states and how they get updated
- multi-agent models and turn-taking
- goals, intentions and commitments in communication
- semantic interpretation in dialogue
- reference in dialogue
- ellipsis resolution in dialogue
- alignment and misalignment in dialogue
- dialogue and discourse structure
- dialogue situated in joint action
- interpretation of questions and answers
- incremental, context-dependent processing
- nonlinguistic interaction in communication
- natural language understanding and reasoning in spoken dialogue  
- multimodal dialogue systems
- dialogue management in practical implementations
- categorization of dialogue moves or speech acts in corpora
- designing and evaluating dialogue systems


Deadline for receipt of papers is 21st March 2008, 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  

The actual paper should be an anonymous PDF file, 8 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 30th April 2008.


David Traum, University of Southern California
Andrzej Wiśniewski, University of Zielona Góra
Susan Fussell, Carnegie Mellon University
(one more to be confirmed)


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. In order to ensure publication in  
the proceedings, AT LEAST ONE author of each paper must have  
registered to attend the meeting by 30th April 2008, the deadline of  
submission of the revised paper.


Pat Healey (program co-chair)
Jonathan Ginzburg (program co-chair)
Ruth Kempson, Miriam Bouzouita, Eleni Gregoromichelaki (local  


Previous workshops in the SEMDIAL series include:

MUNDIAL '97 (Munich)
TWENDIAL '98 (Twente)
AMSTELOGUE '99 (Amsterdam)
GOTALOG 2000 (Gothenburg)
BI-DIALOG 2001 (Bielefeld)
EDILOG 2002 (Edinburgh)
DIABRUCK 2003 (Saarbruecken)
CATALOG 2004 (Barcelona)
DIALOR 2005 (Nancy)
BRANDIAL 2006 (Potsdam)
DECALOG 2007 (Rovereto)

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


Maria Aloni, University of Amsterdam
Nicholas Asher, CNRS, Toulouse & Univ. of Texas
Raffaella Bernardi, Free University of Bolzano
Patrick Blackburn, INRIA, Nancy
Johan Bos, University La Sapienza
Susan Brennan, Stony Brook
Justine Cassell, Northwestern University
Eve Clark, Stanford University
Paul Dekker, University of Amsterdam
Raquel Fernández, CSLI, Stanford University
Ruth Filik, University of Glasgow
Simon Garrod, University of Glasgow
Jonathan Ginzburg, King’s College London
Eleni Gregoromichelaki, King’s College London
Pat Healey, Queen Mary London
Elsi Kaiser, University of Southern California
Ruth Kempson, King’s College London
Staffan Larsson, Göteborg University
Alex Lascarides, University of Edinburgh
Ian Lewin, University of Cambridge
Colin Matheson, University of Edinburgh
Fabio Pianesi, ITC-IRST, Trento
Martin Pickering, University of Edinburgh
Manfred Pinkal, University of Saarland
Paul Piwek, Open University
Massimo Poesio, University of Essex
David Schlangen, University of Potsdam
Mark Steedman, University of Edinburgh
Amanda Stent, Stony Brook University
Matthew Stone, Rutgers University
Hannes Rieser, University of Bielefeld

For further information see the website:


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