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

Jonathan Ginzburg ginzburg at dcs.kcl.ac.uk
Wed Mar 5 13:10:27 CET 2008

Dear Moderator,

Could you please post this announcement to the list?

Many thanks,

Jonathan Ginzburg

   Last 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).  This workshop is now to  
be held with the first day at King’s College London on June 2nd  
immediately preceding LONDIAL, the second day at Queen Mary,  
University of London (QMUL) on June 5th (NOTE: change of dates of  
this workshop).

                                               (Apologies 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, University of 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 will feature invited presentations by members of this group  
and other leaders of the computational linguistics and human language  
technology community, and demonstration of the Augmented Human  
Interaction Laboratory at QMUL (June 5th). 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, Staffan Larsson, Stanley Peters,  
and Holly Branigan.

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


Submissions due: 21st March 2008

(Please specify if you are submitting to the DSiJA or not)

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)

Dialogue Matters workshop meeting at QMUL:  5th June 2008 (Thursday)

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

There is also a planned session on dialogue situated in joint action  
(DSiJA). Submissions of papers are invited for this session.


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 ACL 2007.  
Please specify whether your paper is for the DSiJA.

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 Wisniewski, Adam Mickiewicz University

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/ )

LONDIAL Program Committee

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

Miriam Bouzouita, King’s College London

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

Gregory Mills, Queen Mary London

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

DSiJA Program Committee

Ellen Gurman Bard, University of Edinburgh
Stefan Kopp, University of Bielefeld
Alex Lascarides, University of Edinburgh
Massimo Poesio, University of Essex
Hannes Rieser, University of Bielefeld
Jan-Peter de Ruiter, MPI for Psychoinguistics, Nijmegen
Mark Steedman, University of Edinburgh
Ipke Wachsmuth, University of Bielefeld

For further information see the website:


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