[Corpora-List] TAL Special issue on Dialogue and dialog systems: call for papers (6/20/2020)

philippe muller philippe.muller at irit.fr
Tue Mar 31 12:01:47 CEST 2020

Call for papers TAL Special issue on Dialogue and dialogue systems

Recent progress in the field of NLP impacts all of its subfields and extends its domain of applications. Central in these  developments is automated dialogue, either with chatbots (scripted, conversational, cognitive) or personal assistants, ubiquitous as services via phones or commercial websites. At the same time, new written media continue to grow and most of them involve some sort of interaction: chats, forum, emails, micro-blogging, or collaborative instant messaging services. This progress and the generalization of natural language for interaction also make way for novel approaches taking into account multiple modalities (images, video) and the situation in which dialogues take place. In this context, all aspects of conversation analysis and dialogue system development are concerned, whether communication is oral or written, task-oriented or open. The prevalence of neural network based approaches in NLP further influences approaches to dialogue, putting into focus different issues, such as automatic generation of diverse and natural responses, although these approaches sometimes minimize the role of understanding and take into account linguistic and extra-linguistic context in a very limited way. New approaches also bring new problems that pervade machine learning in general : black box models are not easy to explain, and blurring the line between human and machines  generates ethical side-effects, such as conversational agents reproducing biases and prejudices present in their training data. Paucity of supervised data is another issue for machine learning approaches, which motivates collection of auxiliary data, semi-automatically annotated data or artificial data far from  real use cases. This can generate a gap between theory and practice that needs to be addressed.

For this special issue, the TAL journal invites contributions on all aspects related to the analysis of written or transcribed conversations,  to the development and evaluation of dialogue systems, to data collection for all interaction modalities, and to ethical and social issues pertaining to dialogue and its applications.


- Conversation Analysis

         . speaker recognition

         . pragmatic phenomena in conversation

         .thread extraction and analysis

         . speech acts

         . dialogue structure

         . disfluencies

- Dialog systems

        . task oriented dialogues

    . open-domain conversation systems

    . dialogue management and state tracking

    . planning

    . response generation

    . intention detection

- Data and tools

     . data collection, corpus creation

     . evaluation methodologies

- Multimodality

  . dialogue related to visual tasks

  . situated communication

  . sign-language conversation

- Social and ethical issues :

  . bias in systems and chatbots

  . detecting automated systems

- Applications

  . personal assistants

  . meeting assistants

  . chatbots/technical assistance

  . case studies of interaction analysis (e.g. customer relationship management)

Invited editor for this issue: Liesbeth Degand Journal editor for this issue: Philippe Muller

IMPORTANT DATES - Deadline for submission:  20th of June 2020 - First round of review notifications:   15th of September 2020 - Second round notifications:  15th of December 2020 - Publication on line: January 2021

THE JOURNAL TAL (Traitement Automatique des Langues / Natural Language Processing) is a sixty year old international journal published by ATALA (French Association for Natural Language Processing) with the support of the CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research). It has recently converted to an electronic mode of publication, with printing on demand, which  in no way affects its reviewing and selection process. http://www.atala.org/revuetal

PRACTICAL ISSUES Authors intending to submit a paper are encouraged to contact the guest editors of the issue: Liesbeth Degand (liesbeth.degand at uclouvain.be) and Philippe Muller (philippe.muller at irit.fr) Contributions (20-25 pages, PDF format) must be uploaded at http://tal-61-3.sciencesconf.org/ Style sheets are available for download on the Web site of the journal: (http://www.atala.org/content/instructions-aux-auteurs-feuilles-de-style-0). The journal only publishes original contributions in French or in English. Reviews are double-blind therefore submissions must be anonymized.

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