Arne Jönsson arnjo at ida.liu.se
Sun Mar 1 22:09:51 CET 2009



Extended deadline: March 9, GMT 12.00, 2009

The sixth IJCAI workshop on "Knowledge and Reasoning in Practical  
Dialogue Systems" will focus on challenges of novel applications of  
practical dialogue systems. The venue for IJCAI 2009 is Pasadena  
Conference Center, California, USA.
Topics addressed in the workshop include, but are not limited to the  
following, particularly focusing on the challenges offered by these  
novel applications:

    * What kinds of novel applications have a need for natural  
language dialogue interaction?
    * How can authoring tools for dialogue systems be developed such  
that application designers who are not experts in natural language can  
make use of these systems?
    * How can one easily adapt a dialogue system to a new application?
    * Methods for design and development of dialogue systems.
    * What are the extra constraints and resources of a dialogue  
system for these novel applications, that might not be present in a  
speech or text only dialogue system or even traditional multi-modal  
    * Representation of language resources for dialogue systems.
    * The role of ontologies in dialogue systems
    * Evaluation of dialogue systems, what to evaluate and how.
    * Techniques and algorithms for adaptivity in dialogue systems on  
various levels, e.g. interpretation, dialogue strategy, and generation.
    * Robustness and how to handle unpredictability.
    * Architectures and frameworks for adaptive dialogue systems.
    * Requirements and methods for development related to the  

This is the sixth IJCAI workshop on "Knowledge and Reasoning in  
Practical Dialogue Systems". The first workshop was held at IJCAI in  
Stockholm in 1999. The second workshop was held at IJCAI 2001 in  
Seattle, with a focus on multimodal interfaces. The Third workshop was  
held in Acapulco, in 2003, and focused on the role and use of  
ontologies in multi-modal dialogue systems. The fourth workshop was  
held in Edinburgh in 2005, and focused on adaptivity in dialogue  
systems. The fifth workshop was held in Hyderabad, India, 2007 and  
focused on dialogue systems for robots and virtual humans.
Who should attend

This workshop aims at bringing together researchers and practitioners  
that work on the development of communication models that support  
robust and efficient interaction in natural language, both for  
commercial dialogue systems and in basic research.

It should be of interest also for anyone studying dialogue and  
multimodal interfaces and how to coordinate different information  
sources. This involves theoretical as well as practical research, e.g.  
empirical evaluations of usability, formalization of dialogue  
phenomena and development of intelligent interfaces for various  
applications, including such areas as robotics.

Workshop format

The workshop will be kept small, with a maximum of 40 participants.  
Preference will be given to active participants selected on the basis  
of their submitted papers.

Each paper will be given ample time for discussion, more than what is  
customary at a conference. As said above, we encourage contributions  
of a critical or comparative nature that provide fuel for discussion.  
We also invite people to share their experiences of implementing and  
coordinating knowledge modules in their dialogue systems, and  
integrating dialogue components to other applications.

Important Dates

    * Submission deadline: Extended deadline: March 9, GMT 12.00, 2009
    * Notification date: April 17, 2009
    * Accepted paper submission deadline: May 8, 2009
    * Workshop July, 2009


Papers may be any of the following types:

    * Regular Papers papers of length 4-8 pages, for regular  
    * Short Papers with brief results, or position papers, of length  
up to 4 pages for brief or panel presentation.
    * Extended papers with extra details on system architecture,  
background theory or data presentation, of up to 12 pages, for regular  

Papers should include authors names and affiliation and full  
references (not anonymous submission). All papers should be formatted  
according to the AAAI formats: AAAI Press Author Instructions

Submission procedure

Papers should be submitted by web by registering at the following  
address: http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=krpd09

Organizing Committee

Arne Jönsson (Chair)
Department of Computer and Information Science
Linköping University
S-581 83 Linköping, Sweden
tel: +46 13 281717
fax: +46 13 142231
email: arnjo at ida.liu.se

David Traum (Co-Chair)
Institute for Creative Technologies
University of Southern California
13274 Fiji Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90405 USA
tel: +1 (310) 574-5729
fax: +1 (310) 574-5725
email: traum at ict.usc.edu

Jan Alexandersson (Co-Chair)
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, DFKI GmbH
Stuhlsatzenhausweg 3
D-66 123 Saarbrücken
tel: +49-681-3025347
fax: +49-681-3025341
email: jan.alexandersson at dfki.de

Ingrid Zukerman (Co-Chair)
Faculty of Information Technolog
Monash University
Clayton, Victoria 3800, Australia
tel: +61 3 9905-5202
fax: +61 3 9905-5146
email: ingrid at csse.monash.edu.au

Programme committee

Dan Bohus, USA
Johan Bos, Italy
Sandra Carberry, USA
Kallirroi Georgila, USA
Genevieve Gorrell, UK
Joakim Gustafson, Sweden
Yasuhiro Katagiri, Japan
Ali Knott, New Zealand
Kazunori Komatani, Japan
Staffan Larsson, Sweden
Anton Nijholt, Netherlands
Tim Paek, USA
Antoine Raux, USA
Candace Sidner, USA
Amanda Stent, USA
Marilyn Walker, UK
Jason Williams, USA
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