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

Jonathan Ginzburg ginzburg at dcs.kcl.ac.uk
Tue Feb 5 18:21:54 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 Development (Leverhulme International Network Project).

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

(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 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 systems - 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 paper.

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 workshop.

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 arrangements)


Previous workshops in the SEMDIAL series include:

MUNDIAL '97 (Munich) http://www.cis.uni-muenchen.de/sil/workshop/dialogwsh.html TWENDIAL '98 (Twente) http://hmi.ewi.utwente.nl/Conferences/twlt13.html AMSTELOGUE '99 (Amsterdam) http://cf.hum.uva.nl/computerlinguistiek/amstelog/ GOTALOG 2000 (Gothenburg) http://www.ling.gu.se/konferenser/gotalog2000/ BI-DIALOG 2001 (Bielefeld) http://www.uni-bielefeld.de/BIDIALOG/ EDILOG 2002 (Edinburgh) http://www.ltg.ed.ac.uk/edilog/ DIABRUCK 2003 (Saarbruecken) http://www.coli.uni-sb.de/diabruck/ CATALOG 2004 (Barcelona) http://www.upf.edu/dtf/personal/enricvallduvi/catalog04/ DIALOR 2005 (Nancy) http://dialor05.loria.fr/ BRANDIAL 2006 (Potsdam) http://www.ling.uni-potsdam.de/brandial/ DECALOG 2007 (Rovereto) http://www.cimec.unitn.it/events/decalog/index.htm

(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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