Young Researchers' Roundtable on Spoken Dialogue Systems

Event Notification Type: 
Call for Papers
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Immediately preceeding SIGDIAL 2014
Monday, 16 June 2014 to Tuesday, 17 June 2014
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Submission Deadline: 
Thursday, 1 May 2014

First Call for Papers and Participation

Young Researchers' Roundtable on Spoken Dialogue Systems (YRRSDS)

June 16-17, 2014, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Held in conjunction with SIGdial and ACL 2014

The Young Researchers' Roundtable on Spoken Dialogue Systems (YRRSDS) is an annual 2-day workshop designed for graduate students, postdocs, and junior researchers working in research related to spoken dialogue systems in both academia and industry. The YRRSDS provides an international forum where participants can discuss their research interests, current work, and future plans. This year YRRSDS will be hosted by the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, USA, and will take place directly before SIGdial and ACL 2014 on June 16-17.

YRRSDS 2014 will feature invited talks from senior researchers, a career panel representing both academia and industry, a demo and poster session, and two roundtable discussions.


We invite broad participation. Example submission topics include, but are not limited to:

• Models of dialogue: statistical, symbolic, and hybrid approaches
• Evaluation methodology for dialogue systems
• Semantics, pragmatics, and context in dialogue systems
• Incremental spoken dialogue systems
• Situated interaction with virtual and robotic agents
• Psycholinguistic influences on dialogue system design
• Establishing social relationships and engagement with the user
• Data collection and dataset sharing for statistical models
• Industry development cycles, requirements, and applications

Submission Information

We invite any researcher who is at a relatively early stage of their career (no age limit) to submit a 2-page position paper. This should include their past, present and future work, a short bio, and topic suggestions for discussions. Acceptance is on a first-come, first-served basis and the number of participants is generally capped at 30. Poster presentation by all participants is expected. However, posters need only present current work and not necessarily be from a published paper. Further format and outline information are provided at under Submissions.

Please submit via the EasyChair system:

If you experience any problems with the submission process, please contact the organizers at

Important Dates
Submission deadline: May 1, 2014
Author notification: May 12, 2014
Camera-ready deadline: May 20, 2014

Organizing Committee
Martín Villalba (University of Potsdam, Germany)
Katherine Lang (University of Rochester, USA)
Stefan Ultes (Ulm University, Germany)
Crystal Chao (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
Aasish Pappu (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
Rik Bose (University of Rochester, USA)

SIGdial, ISCA-Speech, ISCA-Students, ACL, Dialog on Dialogs