[Corpora-List] 2nd Call for Papers: Workshop on Search-Oriented Conversational AI (SCAI) @ EMNLP 2018

Aleksandr Chuklin chuklin at google.com
Mon Jul 16 16:45:26 CEST 2018


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

at EMNLP 2018, Brussels, Belgium, October 31 or November 1

http://scai.info Twitter: @scai_workshop Paper Submission Deadline: **July 27** (anywhere in the world)

**GOALS** More and more information is found and consumed in a conversational form rather than using traditional search engines. 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 researchers from the NLP, Machine Learning, and IR communities to lay the ground for search-oriented conversational AI and establish future directions and collaborations.

**TOPICS OF INTERESTS**

* Surfacing search results or other information in form of a dialogue how to present information coming from search in a form of a dialogue how ensure smooth transition between dialog turns which model to use for dialog-state tracking

* Conversationalization of the information: analyzing syntactic structure of the text and modifying it to be more suitable in a conversational setting

* Text summarization for dialog

* Evaluation of Search-Oriented Conversational AI — From Conversational AI to Personal Assistants

* The role of personalization for Conversational AI and for its evaluation

* 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** - Notification: August 18 - Deadline for camera-ready version: August 31 - Workshop: 31 October or 1 November

**SUBMISSIONS** Submission should be between two and six pages in the ACL format. Submission URL: https://www.softconf.com/emnlp2018/scai18/

**CONFIRMED SPEAKERS** - Milica Gasic (University of Cambridge) - Mari Ostendorf (University of Washington) - Larry Heck (Samsung Research) - Antoine Bordes (Facebook Research)

**ORGANIZERS** - Aleksandr Chuklin (Google AI) - Jeff Dalton (University of Glasgow) - Julia Kiseleva (University of Amsterdam) - Alexey Borisov (Yandex & University of Amsterdam) - Mikhail Burtsev (MIPT)



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