EACL 2014 Workshop on Dialog in Motion

Event Notification Type: 
Call for Papers
Co-located with EACL 2014
Saturday, 26 April 2014
Submission Deadline: 
Monday, 3 February 2014


EACL 2014 Workshop on Dialog in Motion
Workshop at EACL 2014 (Gothenburg, Sweden), April 26, 2014



NEW submission deadline:
Long & short papers & demos: February 3, 2014 at 23:59 GMT

Call For Papers

Spoken dialogue systems used in call centers and car dashboards reflect years of technological development. But the smart devices that now accompany people throughout their daily activity and the extensive integration of sensors and actuators into people’s environments demand new concepts in dialogue modeling and management in order to provide intuitive, pro-active, personalized, context-aware, multi-modal, multi-domain dialogue systems. Users of such systems may also expect to be able to converse completely free of constraints, which again requires new types of dialogue strategies.

The past few years have seen the development of intelligent assistants supporting speech interaction to deliver complex mobile information in situ. Siri (Apple, released in 2011), S Voice (Samsung, 2012), and Google Now (2012) are examples of the more widely known assistants. There are several other dialogue-enabled assistants such as SpeakToIt Assistant, Vlingo, and Iris, available to smartphone users. These applications use GIS connectivity for navigation and to contextualize tasks such as search. Other multimodal applications (e.g. Wikitude, WikiHood, FieldTrip) can pro-actively present encyclopedic information about the user’s surroundings, such as landmarks and points of interest, as the user walks around. Augmented reality and wearable technology such as Google Glass are also changing human-machine interactions. There is also growing interest in bringing all these different modalities together in the context of space and time.

On the other hand, researchers have focused on many natural language processing issues relating to dialogue in spatial and temporal contexts: natural language understanding for mobile robot communication (MacMahon et al. 2006, Jian et al. 2010, Vogel and Jurafsky 2010, Pappu and Rudnicky 2012, Kim and Mooney, 2013), natural language generation in virtual and real indoor and outdoor environments (Dale 2003, Cheng 2004, Byron 2007, Dethlefs 2011, Janarthanam 2012, Fang et al. 2013), reference resolution (Schutte 2010), location-based belief tracking (Ma 2012), grounding in visual and spatial contexts (Boye 2012), dialogue management for location-based services (Stent 2010, Cuayáhuitl 2011, Janarthanam 2013, Metallinou et al. 2013), etc. The GIS community has also expressed interest in designing and implementing systems that are interactive and aware of the user’s location (Malaka 2000, Bartie 2006).

In this proliferation of location-aware systems in the industry, together with research efforts in spatial and mobile contexts, we see a convergence of efforts (e.g. Word2Actions workshop at NAACL 2012, the Computational Models of Spatial Language Interpretation and Generation workshop series and the Vision and Language workshop at NAACL 2013) towards what we call "Dialogue In Motion": any form of interaction between a computer/robot and a human in motion - for example a pedestrian or a driver, in the real world or in a simulated environment. Natural language interactions are promoted as a more direct interaction medium, but they raise additional challenges in the context of dynamic spatial environments.

In-car spoken dialog systems have a long track record of non-trivial implementations combining voice, GUI, haptic, and gestures with additional constraints on user’s cognitive load and environment context. For this reason, they will be of a special interest at the workshop.

This workshop will focus on these challenging issues in language processing for dialogues in motion. It solicits submissions focused on topics such as:

* User modeling for situated mobile tasks
* Data collection and annotation for situated mobile tasks
* Evaluation methodology for situated mobile tasks
* Novel and real world-applications of situation-aware spoken dialogue systems
* Proactive strategies of information delivery
* Dialogue management in single or multi-task situation-aware dialogue systems, in particular statistical dialogue management
* Speech recognition in realistic environments
* Situated natural language understanding and/or generation
* Studies and models of cognitive load in dialogue-supported mobile tasks

We expect that researchers working in various areas of NLP and dialogue systems related to spatial and mobile contexts will contribute to and participate in this workshop.

Submission modalities

We invite three different submission modalities:

* Regular long papers (8 content pages + 1 page for references)
Long papers should report on substantial, original, and unpublished research including new experimental results, resources and/or techniques.

* Regular short papers (4 content pages + 1 page for references)
Short papers should report on small experiments, focused contributions, ongoing research, negative results and/or opinion discussions.

Both long and short accepted papers will be presented either orally or in a poster session

* System demonstration (4 content pages + 1 page for references)
System demonstration papers should describe and document the demonstrated system or resources. We encourage the demonstration of both early research prototypes and mature systems, that will be presented in a demo session.

Reviewing will be double-blind, and thus no author information should be included in the papers; self-reference should be avoided as well. Papers that do not conform to these requirements will be rejected without review. Accepted papers will appear in the workshop proceedings, where no distinction will be made between papers presented orally or as posters.

All submissions must be in PDF format and must follow the EACL 2014 formatting requirements (available at the EACL 2014 website). We strongly advise the use of the provided Word or LaTeX template files.

More details about the submission procedure (e.g. online submission system) will be available soon.

Important dates

03 February 2014: Long & short paper submission deadline 23:59 PDT (GMT)
20 February 2014: Notification of Acceptance
03 March 2014: Camera-ready papers due
26 April 2014: Workshop Date

Program Committee

Yoav Artzi
University of Washington

John Bateman
University of Bremen

Tilman Becker

Luciana Benotti
University of Cordoba

Andre Berton
Daimler AG, Ulm, Germany

Johan Boye
KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Stephen Clark
University of Cambridge

Robrecht Comeyne
Nuance Communications, Merelbeke, Belgium

Heriberto Cuayahuitl
Heriot­Watt University

Jan Curin
IBM Czech Republic, Prague, Czech Republic

Nina Dethlefs
Heriot­Watt University

Ute Ehrlich
Daimler AG, Ulm, Germany

Jens Edlund
KTH, Stockholm, Sweden

Michael Feld
DFKI, Saarbrücken, Germany

Dan Goldwasser
University of Maryland

Joakim Gustafson
KTH, Stockholm, Sweden

Peter Heeman
OGI, Oregon Health & Science University, USA

Filip Jurcicek
Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

John Kelleher
Dublin Institute of Technology

Jan Kleindienst
IBM Czech Republic, Prague, Czech Republic

Alexander Koller
University of Potsdam

Kazunori Komatani
Nagoya University

Ioannis Konstas
University of Edinburgh

Geert-Jan Kruijff
Nuance Communications

Tom Kwiatkowski
University of Washington

Staffan Larsson
Gothenburg University, Sweden

Oliver Lemon
Heriot ­Watt University

Nils Lenke
Nuance Communications, Aachen, Germany

Jan Macek
IBM Czech Republic, Prague, Czech Republic

Tomas Macek
IBM Czech Republic, Prague, Czech Republic

Ray Mooney
University of Texas at Austin

Christian Mueller
DFKI, Saarbrücken, Germany

Deepak Ramachandran
Nuance Communications

Verena Rieser
Heriot­ Watt University

Hui Shi
Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology

Jan Svec
University of West Bohemia, Pilsen, Czech Republic

Thora Tenbrink
Bangor University

Adam Vogel
Stanford University

Jason Williams
Microsoft Research

Luke Zettlemoyer
University of Washington

Organising Committee

Tiphaine Dalmas
ILCC, School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, UK

Jana Götze
School of Computer Science and Communication, KTH, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Joakim Gustafson
KTH, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Srinivasan Janarthanam
School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences, Heriot Watt University, UK

Jan Kleindienst
IBM Czech Republic, Prague R&D Lab, Czech Republic

Christian Mueller
DFKI, Saarbrücken, Germany

Amanda Stent
Yahoo! Labs, New York, USA

Andreas Vlachos
University of Cambridge, UK