[Elsnet-list] SIGDIAL 2009: Submissions Open & Deadline Extended

Matthew Purver mpurver at dcs.qmul.ac.uk
Wed Apr 8 09:58:30 CEST 2009

The SIGDIAL 2009 conference organizing committee is happy to announce
that the paper submission site is now open. You can find it at

The deadline for paper submissions has also been extended to May 4th.

10th Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue

Queen Mary University of London, UK September 11-12, 2009
(right after Interspeech 2009)

Submission Deadline: May 4, 2009


The SIGDIAL venue provides a regular forum for the presentation of
cutting edge research in discourse and dialogue to both academic and
industry researchers. Due to the success of the nine previous SIGDIAL
workshops, SIGDIAL is now a conference. The conference is sponsored by
the SIGDIAL organization, which serves as the Special Interest Group in
discourse and dialogue for both ACL and ISCA. SIGDIAL 2009 will be
co-located with Interspeech 2009 as a satellite event.

In addition to presentations and system demonstrations, the program
includes talks by two invited speakers:

- Professor Janet Bavelas (University of Victoria): "What's unique about
- Professor Yorick Wilks (University of Sheffield): "Artificial
companions as dialogue agents".


We welcome formal, corpus-based, implementation, experimental, or
analytical work on discourse and dialogue including, but not restricted
to, the following themes:

1. Discourse Processing and Dialogue Systems

Discourse semantic and pragmatic issues in NLP applications such as text
summarization, question answering, information retrieval including
topics like:

- Discourse structure, temporal structure, information structure;
- Discourse markers, cues and particles and their use;
- (Co-)Reference and anaphora resolution, metonymy and bridging resolution;
- Subjectivity, opinions and semantic orientation.

Spoken, multi-modal, and text/web based dialogue systems including
topics such as:

- Dialogue management models;
- Speech and gesture, text and graphics integration;
- Strategies for preventing, detecting or handling miscommunication
(repair and correction types, clarification and under-specificity,
grounding and feedback strategies);
- Utilizing prosodic information for understanding and for disambiguation.

2. Corpora, Tools and Methodology

Corpus-based and experimental 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;
- Corpus-based techniques and analysis (including machine learning);
- Evaluation of systems and components, including methodology, metrics
and case studies.

3. Pragmatic and/or Semantic Modeling

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 (including those which are
less studied in the semantics/pragmatics framework);
- 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.


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 8 pages, including title, 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 4 pages or less
(including title, examples, references, etc.).

Please use the official ACL style files:

Papers that have been or will be submitted to other meetings or
publications must provide this information (see submission format).
SIGDIAL 2009 cannot accept for publication or presentation work that
will be (or has been) published elsewhere. Any questions regarding
submissions can be sent to the General Co-Chairs.

Authors are encouraged to make illustrative materials available, on the
web or otherwise. Examples might include excerpts of recorded
conversations, recordings of human-computer dialogues, interfaces to
working systems, and so on.


In order to recognize significant advancements in dialog and discourse
science and technology, SIGDIAL will (for the first time) recognize a
consisting of prominent researchers in the fields of interest will
select the recipients of the awards.


The Young Researchers' Roundtable on Spoken Dialogue Systems, a SIGDIAL
satellite event, is also to be held at QMUL, on September 13-14
(i.e. immediately following the main conference). This is an annual
workshop designed for students, post docs, and junior researchers
working in research related to spoken dialogue systems in both academia
and industry.


Submission: May 4, 2009
Notification of Acceptance: June 28, 2009
Final submission: July 17, 2009
Conference: September 11-12, 2009
Young Researchers' Roundtable: September 13-14, 2009


SIGDIAL 2009 conference website:
SIGDIAL organization website: http://www.sigdial.org/
Interspeech 2009 website: http://www.interspeech2009.org/
Young Researchers' Roundtable website: http://www.yrrsds.org/


For any questions, please contact the appropriate members of the
organizing committee:

Pat Healey (Queen Mary University of London): ph at dcs.qmul.ac.uk
Roberto Pieraccini (SpeechCycle): roberto at speechcycle.com

Donna Byron (Northeastern University): dbyron at ccs.neu.edu
Steve Young (University of Cambridge): sjy at eng.cam.ac.uk

Matt Purver (Queen Mary University of London): mpurver at dcs.qmul.ac.uk

Tim Paek (Microsoft Research): timpaek at microsoft.com

Amanda Stent (AT&T Labs - Research): amanda.stent at gmail.com


Gregory Aist               Arizona State University, USA
Jan Alexandersson          DFKI GmbH, Germany
Jason Baldridge            University of Texas at Austin, USA
Srinivas Bangalore         AT&T Labs - Research, USA
Dan Bohus                  Microsoft Research, USA
Johan Bos                  Università di Roma "La Sapienza", Italy
Charles Calloway           University of Edinburgh, UK
Rolf Carlson               Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden
Mark Core                  University of Southern California, USA
David DeVault              University of Southern California, USA
Myroslava Dzikovska        University of Edinburgh, UK
Markus Egg                 Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Netherlands
Stephanie Elzer            Millersville University, USA
Mary Ellen Foster          Technical University Munich, Germany
Kallirroi Georgila         University of Edinburgh, UK
Jonathan Ginzburg          King's College London, UK
Genevieve Gorrell          Sheffield University, UK
Alexander Gruenstein       Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Pat Healey                 Queen Mary University of London, UK
Mattias Heldner            Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden
Beth Ann Hockey            University of California at Santa Cruz, USA
Kristiina Jokinen          University of Helsinki, Finland
Arne Jonsson               University of Linköping, Sweden
Simon Keizer               University of Cambridge, UK
John Kelleher              Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland
Alexander Koller           University of Edinburgh, UK
Ivana Kruijff-Korbayová    Universität des Saarlandes, Germany
Staffan Larsson            Göteborg University, Sweden
Gary Geunbae Lee           Pohang University of Science and Technology,
Fabrice Lefevre            University of Avignon, France
Oliver Lemon               University of Edinburgh, UK
James Lester               North Carolina State University, USA
Diane Litman               University of Pittsburgh, USA
Ramón López-Cózar          University of Granada, Spain
François Mairesse          University of Cambridge, UK
Michael McTear             University of Ulster, UK
Wolfgang Minker            University of Ulm, Germany
Sebastian Möller           Deutsche Telekom Labs and Technical
University Berlin, Germany
Vincent Ng                 University of Texas at Dallas, USA
Tim Paek                   Microsoft Research, USA
Patrick Paroubek           LIMSI-CNRS, France
Roberto Pieraccini         SpeechCycle, USA
Paul Piwek                 Open University, UK
Rashmi Prasad              University of Pennsylvania, USA
Matt Purver                Queen Mary University of London, UK
Laurent Romary             INRIA, France
Alex Rudnicky              Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Yoshinori Sagisaka         Waseda University, Japan
Ruhi Sarikaya              IBM Research, USA
Candy Sidner               BAE Systems AIT, USA
Ronnie Smith               East Carolina University, USA
Amanda Stent               AT&T Labs - Research, USA
Matthew Stone              Rutgers University, USA
Matthew Stuttle            Toshiba Research, UK
Joel Tetreault             Educational Testing Service, USA
Jason Williams             AT&T Labs - Research, USA

Matthew Purver - http://www.dcs.qmul.ac.uk/~mpurver/

Senior Research Fellow
Interaction, Media and Communication
Department of Computer Science
Queen Mary University of London, London E1 4NS, UK

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