[Corpora-List] [DEADLINE EXTENDED to Aug 30] Final Call for Papers: 5th International Workshop on Search-Oriented Conversational AI (SCAI) @ EMNLP

Aleksandr Chuklin [ɐlʲɪkˈsandr t͡ɕʉkˈlʲin] chuklin at google.com
Tue Aug 18 21:25:22 CEST 2020




The 5th International Workshop on Search-Oriented Conversational AI (SCAI)

co-located with the 2020 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP)

Online, November 19-20 (exact date/time TBD)


Web: https://scai.info/2020/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/scai_workshop (hashtag: #SCAI_workshop) Submission URL: https://www.softconf.com/emnlp2020/scai2020/

****NEW**** Clarifying Questions for Open-Domain Dialogue Systems (ClariQ) Challenge (co-organized with the SCAI workshop): http://convai.io

EMNLP workshops page: https://2020.emnlp.org/workshops


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.

The aim of this edition of the SCAI workshop is to bring together researchers from the Natural Language Processing (NLP), Machine Learning, and Information Retrieval (IR) communities to investigate future directions of research in the area of search-oriented conversational systems. The focus of this installment seeks to broaden participation between research and industry. The previous instances identified a number of research areas related which warrant additional deeper exploration. To provide a broad forum we solicit a variety of research and position paper submissions.


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

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

* 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?)

* Specialized applications and uses cases for conversational search (specialized domains in health, finance, travel, etc.)


IMPORTANT DATES ******************************************************************************************************

* Submission: August 30, 2020 (extended)

* Retraction deadline for papers accepted to for the main EMNLP conference: September 15, 2020

* Notification of acceptance: September 29, 2020

* Camera-ready deadline: October 10, 2020

* Workshop: November 19-20, 2020 (exact date/time TBD)


SUBMISSIONS ******************************************************************************************************

* See the main conference’s rules: https://2020.emnlp.org/call-for-papers

* Submission URL: https://www.softconf.com/emnlp2020/scai2020/

* Given that the paper submission deadline and notification dates were adjusted due to COVID-19, an exception was made to allow double submissions to both EMNLP and its workshops. Note, that the reviews from the main conference will be forwarded to the workshop’s Program Committee.




* Y-Lan Boureau, Facebook AI Research

* Thomas Wolf, Hugging Face

* Verena Rieser, Heriot Watt University

* Ivan Vulic, PolyAI

* Sungjin Lee, Amazon

* Jason Weston, Facebook AI Research

* Jian-Yun Nie, Université de Montréal


ORGANIZERS ******************************************************************************************************

* Jeff Dalton (University of Glasgow)

* Aleksandr Chuklin (Google Research)

* Julia Kiseleva (Microsoft Research & AI)

* Mikhail Burtsev (MIPT)

* Mohammad Aliannejadi (University of Amsterdam) - Challenge Track Chair

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