12th Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue

Event Notification Type: 
Call for Papers
Abbreviated Title: 
Oregon Health & Science University
Friday, 17 June 2011 to Saturday, 18 June 2011
David Traum
Johanna Moore
Joyce Chai
Rebecca J. Passonneau
Submission Deadline: 
Friday, 25 February 2011



SIGDIAL 2011 CONFERENCE: 12th Annual Meeting of the Special Interest
Group on Discourse and Dialogue
June 17-18, 2011, Oregon Health & Science University in Portland Oregon
(Immediately preceding ACL-HLT 2011)

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 eleven
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 2011 will be co-located
with ACL-HLT 2011 as a satellite event.


We welcome formal, corpus-based, implementation or analytical work on
discourse and dialogue including but not restricted to the following
themes and topics:

1. Discourse Processing and Dialogue Systems

Discourse semantic and pragmatic issues in NLP applications such as
text summarization, question answering, or information retrieval,
including topics like:
* Discourse structure, temporal structure, information structure
* Discourse markers, cues and particles and their use
* (Co-)Reference and anaphora resolution, metonymy and bridging resolution
* Subjectivity, opinions and semantic orientation

Spoken, multi-modal, and text/web based dialogue systems including
topics such as:
* Dialogue management models
* Coordination of speech, gesture, and eye gaze
* Text and graphics integration
* Strategies for preventing, detecting or handling miscommunication
* Utilizing prosodic information for understanding and for disambiguation
* Embodied conversational agents

2. Corpora, Tools and Methodology

Corpus-based work on discourse and spoken, text-based or multi-modal
dialogue including its support, in particular:
* Annotation tools and coding schemes
* Data resources for discourse and dialogue studies
* Corpus-based techniques and analysis (including machine learning)
* Evaluation of systems and components: methodology, metrics and case

3. Pragmatic and/or Semantic Modeling

The pragmatics and/or semantics of discourse and dialogue (i.e. beyond
a single sentence) including the following issues:
* The semantics/pragmatics of dialogue acts (including those which are
less studied);
* Models of discourse/dialogue structure +/- referential and relational
* Prosody in discourse and dialogue;
* Models of presupposition, accommodation, or conversational implicature.
* Grounded semantics in situated dialogue

4. Dimensions of Interaction

Methods to address how interaction is shaped by specific properties of
users, goals, modalities
* Turn taking within or across modalities
* User modeling
* Models of adaptation, such as entrainment
* Comparison of interactions of distinct types (e.g., task-based versus
* Multiparty interaction

5. Applications

The applications of dialogue and discourse processing technology in:
* Training and education/tutoring systems
* Entertainment and gaming applications
* Online chatting, blog, and social network analysis
* Human robot interaction


There has been an increasing amount of work in enabling situated
dialogue in both the virtual world (e.g., human agent dialogue in a
game environment) and the physical environment (e.g., human robot
dialogue). For example, the GIVE Initiative has provided benchmarks
and evaluations for instruction generation in 3D virtual
environments. More recently, the AAAI 2010 Fall Symposium on Dialogue
with Robots brought together researchers from different disciplines
who brainstormed challenges and future directions in situated human
robot dialogue. To continue the momentum and encourage broader
participation in SIGDIAL, this year we will have a special theme on
"situated dialogue". We invite submissions that address any aspect of
this special topic.


The program committee welcomes the submission of long papers, short
papers, and demo descriptions. All accepted submissions will be
published in the conference' proceedings.

* Long papers will be presented in full plenary presentations. They
must be no longer than 8 pages, including title, examples,
references, etc. In addition to this, two additional pages are
allowed as an appendix which may include extended example discourses
or dialogues, algorithms, graphical representations, etc.

* Short papers will be featured in a short paper spotlight session,
followed by posters. They should be 4 pages or less (including
title, examples, references, etc.).

* This year's demonstrations will be presented in a special session,
separated from short paper presentations and poster sessions. Demo
descriptions will appear in a dedicated section of the proceedings
and should be 3 pages or less (including title, examples,
references, etc.). To encourage late breaking demos, demo
submissions have a much later deadline compared to long and short

Papers that have been or will be submitted to other meetings or
publications must provide this information (see submission
format). SIGDIAL 2011 cannot accept for publication or presentation
work that will be (or has been) published elsewhere, except for
demonstrations. Any questions regarding submissions can be sent to the
technical program co-chairs at program-chairs[at]sigdial.org.

Authors are encouraged to submit additional supportive material such
as video clips or sound clips and examples of available resources for
the review purposes.

Submission is electronic using paper submission software at:


All long, short, and demo submissions should follow the two-column
ACL-HLT 2011format. We strongly recommend the use of ACL LaTeX style
files or Microsoft Word style files tailored for ACL-HLT 2011
conference. Submissions must conform to the official ACL-HLT 2011
style guidelines, which are contained in the style files, and they
must be electronic in PDF. As in most previous years, submissions
will not be anonymous.

ACL-HLT 2011 Style Files

latex.zip - http://www.sigdial.org/workshops/conference12/ACLstyles/latex.zip
acl-hlt2011.tex - http://www.sigdial.org/workshops/conference12/ACLstyles/latex/acl-hlt201...
acl-hlt2011.sty - http://www.sigdial.org/workshops/conference12/ACLstyles/latex/acl-hlt201...
acl-hlt2011.pdf - http://www.sigdial.org/workshops/conference12/ACLstyles/latex/acl-hlt201...
acl.bst - http://www.sigdial.org/workshops/conference12/ACLstyles/latex/acl.bst

MS Word:
word.zip - http://www.sigdial.org/workshops/conference12/ACLstyles/word.zip
acl-hlt2011.doc - http://www.sigdial.org/workshops/conference12/ACLstyles/word/acl-hlt2011...
acl-hlt2011.dot - http://www.sigdial.org/workshops/conference12/ACLstyles/word/acl-hlt2011...
acl-hlt2011.pdf - http://www.sigdial.org/workshops/conference12/ACLstyles/word/acl-hlt2011...


Long/Short Paper Submission Deadline: February 25, 23:59, GMT-11, 2011
Long/Short Paper Notification: April 15, 2011
Demo Submission Deadline: April 19, 2011
Demo Notification: April 26, 2011
Final Paper Submission (all types): May 15, 2011
Conference: June 17-18, 2011


The mentoring service offered last year has been very beneficial. We
will follow the same practice this year. Submissions with innovative
core ideas that may need language (English) or organizational
assistance will be flagged for "mentoring" and conditionally 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 the mentoring service can be
addressed to the mentoring service chair: Dr. Ronnie Smith


In order to recognize significant advancements in dialog and discourse
science and technology, SIGDIAL will recognize a BEST PAPER AWARD and
a BEST STUDENT PAPER AWARD. A selection committee consisting of
prominent researchers in the fields of interest will select the
recipients of the awards.


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

General Co-Chairs (conference[at]sigdial.org):
Johanna Moore, The University of Edinburgh, UK;
David Traum, University of Southern California, USA
Technical Program Co-Chairs (program-chairs[at]sigdial.org, conference[at]sigdial.org):
Joyce Chai, Michigan State University, USA;
Rebecca J. Passonneau, Columbia University, USA
Program Committee: TBA
Mentoring Chair (mentoring[at]sigdial.org):
Ronnie Smith, East Carolina University, USA
Local Chair: Peter Heeman Oregon Health & Science University, USA
Sponsorships Chair (conference[at]sigdial.org):
Jason Williams, AT&T Labs - Research, USA
SIGDIAL President: Tim Paek, Microsoft Research, USA
SIGDIAL Vice President: Amanda Stent, AT&T Labs - Research, USA
SIGDIAL Secretary/Treasurer: Kristiina Jokinen, University of Helsinki,