10th Meeting of the SIG on Discourse and Dialogue

Event Notification Type: 
Call for Papers
Friday, 11 December 2009 to Saturday, 12 December 2009
United Kingdom
Submission Deadline: 
Friday, 24 April 2009

Full Title: 10th Meeting of the SIG on Discourse and Dialogue
Short Title: SIGDIAL 2009

Date: 11-Dec-2009 - 12-Dec-2009
Location: London, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Matthew Purver
Meeting Email: mpurver@dcs.qmul.ac.uk
Web Site: http://www.sigdial.org/workshops/workshop10/

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics;
Semantics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 24-Apr-2009

Meeting Description:

The SIGDIAL venue provides a regular forum for the presentation of cutting edge
research in discourse and dialogue to both academic and industry researchers.
Due to the success of the nine previous SIGDIAL workshops, SIGDIAL is now a
conference. 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 2009 will be co-located with Interspeech 2009 as a satellite event.

In addition to presentations and system demonstrations, the program includes an
invited talk by Professor Janet Bavelas of the University of Victoria, entitled
'What's unique about dialogue?'.

Call for Papers

Topics of Interest
We welcome formal, corpus-based, implementation, experimental, or analytical
work on discourse and dialogue including, but not restricted to, the following

1. Discourse Processing and Dialogue Systems
Discourse semantic and pragmatic issues in NLP applications such as text
summarization, question answering, 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;
- Speech and gesture, text and graphics integration;
- Strategies for preventing, detecting or handling miscommunication
(repair and correction types, clarification and under-specificity, grounding and
feedback strategies);
- Utilizing prosodic information for understanding and for disambiguation;

2. Corpora, Tools and Methodology
Corpus-based and experimental work on discourse and spoken, text-based and
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, including methodology, metrics
and case studies;

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 in the semantics/pragmatics framework);
- Models of discourse/dialogue structure and their relation to
referential and relational structure;
- Prosody in discourse and dialogue;
- Models of presupposition and accommodation; operational models of
conversational implicature.

The program committee welcomes the submission of long papers for full plenary
presentation as well as short papers and demonstrations. Short papers and demo
descriptions will be featured in short plenary presentations, followed by
posters and demonstrations.

- Long papers 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 and demo descriptions should be 4 pages or less (including title,
examples, references, etc.).

Please use the official ACL style files:

Papers that have been or will be submitted to other meetings or publications
must provide this information (see submission format). SIGDIAL 2009 cannot
accept for publication or presentation work that will be (or has been) published
elsewhere. Any questions regarding submissions can be sent to the General Co-Chairs.

Authors are encouraged to make illustrative materials available, on the web or
otherwise. Examples might include excerpts of recorded conversations, recordings
of human-computer dialogues, interfaces to working systems, and so on.

Best Paper Awards
In order to recognize significant advancements in dialog and discourse science
and technology, SIGDIAL will (for the first time) 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.

Important Dates (Subject to Change):
Submission: April 24, 2009
Workshop: September 11-12, 2009

SIGDIAL 2009 conference website: http://www.sigdial.org/workshops/workshop10/
SIGDIAL organization website: http://www.sigdial.org/
Interspeech 2009 website: http://www.interspeech2009.org/

Organizing Committee
For any questions, please contact the appropriate members of the organizing

General Co-chairs
Pat Healey (Queen Mary University of London): ph@dcs.qmul.ac.uk
Roberto Pieraccini (SpeechCycle): roberto@speechcycle.com

Technical Program Co-chairs
Donna Byron (Northeastern University): dbyron@ccs.neu.edu
Steve Young (University of Cambridge): sjy@eng.cam.ac.uk

Local Chair
Matt Purver (Queen Mary University of London): mpurver@dcs.qmul.ac.uk

Sigdial President
Tim Paek (Microsoft Research): timpaek@microsoft.com

Sigdial Vice President
Amanda Stent (AT&T Labs - Research): amanda.stent@gmail.com

Technical Program Committee
Gregory Aist , Arizona State University, USA
Jan Alexandersson, DFKI GmbH, Germany
Jason Baldridge, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Srinivas Bangalore, AT&T Labs - Research, USA
Dan Bohus , Microsoft Research, USA
Johan Bos, Università di Roma "La Sapienza", Italy
Charles Calloway, University of Edinburgh, UK
Rolf Carlson , Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden
Mark Core, University of Southern California, USA
David DeVault , University of Southern California, USA
Myroslava Dzikovska, University of Edinburgh, UK
Markus Egg , Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Netherlands
Stephanie Elzer , Millersville University, USA
Mary Ellen Foster, Technical University Munich, Germany
Kallirroi Georgila, University of Edinburgh, UK
Jonathan Ginzburg , King's College London, UK
Genevieve Gorrell, Sheffield University, UK
Alexander Gruenstein, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Pat Healey, Queen Mary University of London, UK
Mattias Heldner , Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden
Beth Ann Hockey , University of California at Santa Cruz, USA
Kristiina Jokinen , University of Helsinki, Finland
Arne Jonsson , University of Linköping, Sweden
Simon Keizer , University of Cambridge, UK
John Kelleher , Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland
Alexander Koller , University of Edinburgh, UK
Ivana Kruijff-Korbayová, Universität des Saarlandes, Germany
Staffan Larsson, Göteborg University, Sweden
Gary Geunbae Lee, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Korea
Fabrice Lefevre, University of Avignon, France
Oliver Lemon , University of Edinburgh, UK
James Lester , North Carolina State University, USA
Diane Litman, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Ramón López-Cózar, University of Granada, Spain
François Mairesse, University of Cambridge, UK
Michael McTear , University of Ulster, UK
Wolfgang Minker, University of Ulm, Germany
Sebastian Möller , Deutsche Telekom Labs and Technical
University Berlin, Germany
Vincent Ng, University of Texas at Dallas, USA
Tim Paek , Microsoft Research, USA
Patrick Paroubek, LIMSI-CNRS, France
Roberto Pieraccini , SpeechCycle, USA
Paul Piwek , Open University, UK
Rashmi Prasad, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Matt Purver, Queen Mary University of London, UK
Laurent Romary, INRIA, France
Alex Rudnicky , Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Yoshinori Sagisaka Waseda University, Japan
Ruhi Sarikaya , IBM Research, USA
Candy Sidner, BAE Systems AIT, USA
Ronnie Smith , East Carolina University, USA
Amanda Stent , AT&T Labs - Research, USA
Matthew Stone , Rutgers University, USA
Matthew Stuttle, Toshiba Research, UK
Joel Tetreault , Educational Testing Service, USA
Jason Williams , AT&T Labs - Research, USA