[Corpora-List] Call for Papers and Panel Discussion Topics: Workshop on Search-Oriented Conversational AI (SCAI)

Aleksandr Chuklin chuklin at google.com
Thu Jul 27 16:24:14 CEST 2017

The First International Workshop on Search-Oriented Conversational AI (SCAI)

at ICTIR 2017, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, October 1, 2017.

http://scai.info Twitter: @scai_workshop Paper Submission Deadline: **August 15**

[**new**] Topics for panel discussion: https://app.sli.do/event/i0line8v/ask Consider submitting a question for panel discussion and / or vote for existing proposals.

[*new(ish)*] Students who are authors of accepted papers can apply for a travel grant sponsored by Google

**GOALS** There is a gradual shift towards searching and presenting the information in a conversational form. Chatbots, personal assistants in our phones and eyes-free devices are being used increasingly more for different purposes, including information retrieval and exploration. On the other side, information retrieval empowers dialogue systems to answer questions and to get context for assisting the user in her tasks. With the recent success of deep learning in different areas of natural language processing, this appears to be the right foundation to power search conversationalization. Yet, we believe more can be done for theory and practice of conversation-based search and search-based dialogues. This workshop aims to bring together AI/DeepLearning and search/IR specialists to lay the ground for it and establish future directions and collaborations.

**TOPICS OF INTERESTS** - Surfacing search results in form of a dialogue (how to present information that search gives us in a form of a dialogue and ensure smooth transition between dialog turns? Which model to use for dialog-state tracking?) - Evaluation of Search-Oriented Conversational AI — From Conversational AI to Personal Assistants (how to maintain a stable and consistent assistant behavior?) - The role of personalization for Conversational AI and for its evaluation (users are different — can we personalize their experience?) - Deep Learning for Conversational AI - (Deep) Reinforcement Learning for Conversational AI - Voice as Input (when we consider not only text input, but also voice interactions with the agent — how will it affect existing models?)

**IMPORTANT DATES** There will be two series of submissions: - Submission Deadline: August 15 - Notification: September 1 - Deadline for camera-ready version: September 15

**SUBMISSIONS** Submission should be between two and six pages in the ACM format to the following address: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=scai17

We explicitly seek the following types of papers: - early experimental results - preliminary results of convai.io competition - conceptual papers featuring proposals for the panel discussion and breakout sessions

**INVITED SPEAKERS** - Dilek Hakkani-Tür, Google Research, Mountain View - Filip Radlinski, Google Research, London - Michele Galley, Microsoft Research, Redmond - ... (more to be announced)

**ORGANIZERS** - Mikhail Burtsev (MIPT) - Aleksandr Chuklin (Google Research Europe) - Julia Kiseleva (UserSat.com & University of Amsterdam) - Alexey Borisov (Yandex & University of Amsterdam)

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