Ryuichiro Higashinaka higashinaka.ryuichiro at lab.ntt.co.jp
Tue Apr 19 12:06:51 CEST 2016



SIGDIAL 2016 CONFERENCE 17th Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue, the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies, Los Angeles, CA, USA. September 13-15, 2016 (just after INTERSPEECH)

Submission Deadline: 15 May, 2016



We are happy to announce our invited speakers:

- Susan Brennan, NSF/Stony Brook


- Louis-Philippe Morency, CMU



We will have a special session on "The Future Directions of Dialogue-Based Intelligent Personal Assistants".

website: http://articulab.hcii.cs.cmu.edu/sigdial2016/

Organizers: - Yoichi Matsuyama (CMU) - Alexandros Papangelis (Toshiba Cambridge Research Laboratory)

See below for more details.


The SIGDIAL venue provides a regular forum for the presentation of cutting edge research in discourse and dialogue to both academic and industry researchers. Continuing with a series of successful sixteen previous meetings, this conference spans the research interest area of discourse and dialogue. 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 2016 will be co-located with INTERSPEECH 2016 (http://interspeech2016.org/) as a satellite event, and also with YRRSDS 2016 (http://www.yrrsds.org/), the Young Researchers' Roundtable on Spoken Dialog Systems.


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, and information retrieval.

Spoken, multi-modal, and text/web based dialogue systems, their components, evaluation and applications.

2. Corpora, Tools and Methodology

Corpus-based and experimental work on discourse and spoken, text-based and multi-modal dialogue, including supporting topics such as annotation tools and schemes, and corpora.

3. Pragmatic and/or Semantic Modeling

The pragmatics and/or semantics of discourse and dialogue (i.e. beyond a single sentence).


The program committee welcomes the submission of long papers, short papers and demo descriptions. Papers submitted as long papers may be accepted as long papers for oral presentation, long papers for poster presentation, or short papers for poster presentation. Short papers will be presented as posters.

- Long papers must be no longer than eight pages, including title,

text, figures and tables. An unlimited number of pages are allowed

for references. Two additional pages are allowed for example

discourses or dialogues and algorithms.

- Short papers should be no longer than four pages including title,

text, figures and tables. An unlimited number of pages are allowed

for references.

- Demo descriptions should be no longer than four pages including

title, text, examples, figures, tables and references.

Authors are encouraged to also submit additional accompanying materials such as corpora (or corpus examples), demo code, videos, sound files, etc.

Please use the official ACL style files: http://acl2016.org/files/acl2016.zip

Papers that have been or will be submitted to other meetings or publications must provide this information (see submission format). SIGDIAL 2016 cannot accept for publication or presentation work that will be (or has been) published elsewhere. Any questions regarding submissions can be sent to program-chairs<at>sigdial.org.


- Susan Brennan, NSF/Stony Brook


- Louis-Philippe Morency, CMU



The Future Directions of Dialogue-Based Intelligent Personal Assistants

Organizers: - Yoichi Matsuyama (CMU) - Alexandros Papangelis (Toshiba Cambridge Research Laboratory)

Today is the era of intelligent personal assistants. All the major tech giants have introduced personal assistants as the front end of their services, including Apple's Siri, Microsoft's Cortana, Facebook's M, and Amazon's Alexa. Several of these companies have also released bot toolkits so that other smaller companies can join the fray. However, while the quality of conversational interactions with intelligent personal assistants is crucial for their success in both business and personal applications, fundamental problems, such as discourse processing, computational pragmatics, user modeling, and collecting and annotating adequate real data, remain unsolved. Furthermore, the intelligent personal assistants of tomorrow raise a whole set of new technical problems.

The SIGDIAL special session "The Future of Dialogue-Based Intelligent Personal Assistants" will consist of talks and posters that introduce and evaluate solutions to dialogue system challenges preventing the development of effective and compelling intelligent personal assistants. Researchers from both academia and industry are welcome. A panel of notable academic and industry players will lead to insights on future directions.

The special session will last 2.5 hours and will consist of long/short paper presentations, poster presentations, and a panel discussion entitled "The Future Directions of Dialogue Based Intelligent Personal Assistants". For more information, please visit the special session website: http://articulab.hcii.cs.cmu.edu/sigdial2016/

The papers submitted to the special session are handled by special session organizers, but for the submitted papers to be in the SIGDIAL proceedings, they have to undergo the same review process as regular papers.


Submissions with innovative core ideas that may be in need of language (English) or organizational assistance will be flagged for "mentoring" and accepted with recommendation to revise with a mentor. An experienced mentor who has previously published in the SIGDIAL venue will then help the authors of these flagged papers prepare their submissions for publication. Any questions about this initiative can be addressed to the mentoring chair Pierre Lison (University of Oslo, Norway plison at ifi.uio.no).


In order to recognize significant advancements in dialog/discourse science and technology, SIGDIAL will recognize BEST PAPER AWARDs. All papers at the conference are eligible for the best paper awards. A selection committee consisting of prominent researchers in the fields of interest will select the recipients of the awards.


Submission: 15 May, 2016 Notification of acceptance: 28 Jun, 2016 Final submission: 21 Jul, 2016 Conference: 13-15 Sept, 2016


Conference website: http://www.sigdial.org/workshops/conference17 Submission link: To be announced SIGdial organization website: http://www.sigdial.org Co-located Conference website: INTERSPEECH 2016 http://interspeech2016.org/


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

General Chairs

Raquel Fernandez, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands Wolfgang Minker, Ulm University, Germany general-chairs<at>sigdial.org

Program Chairs

Giuseppe Carenini, The University of British Columbia, Canada Ryuichiro Higashinaka, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, Japan program-chairs<at>sigdial.org

Local Chairs

Ron Artstein, University of Southern California, USA Alesia Gainer, University of Southern California, USA local-organizers<at>sigdial.org

Mentoring Chair

Pierre Lison, University of Oslo, Norway mentoring<at>sigdial.org

Sponsorships Chair

Ethan Selfridge, Interactions Corporation, USA sponsor-chair<at>sigdial.org

SIGdial President

Amanda Stent, Yahoo! Inc., USA

SIGdial Vice President

Jason Williams, Microsoft Research, USA

SIGdial Secretary/Treasurer

Kristiina Jokinen, University of Helsinki, Finland

To contact SIGdial President, vice presidents, and secretary/treasurer, send an email to exec<at>sigdial.org.

-- Ryuichiro Higashinaka NTT Media Intelligence Laboratories. NTT Corp. 1-1 Hikarinooka, Yokosuka, 239-0847 Japan. phone: +81-46-859-2027 fax: +81-46-855-1054

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