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IJCAI-05 <>

*July 30, 2005*

  4th Workshop on

    Description of the Workshop

The workshop on Knowledge and Reasoning in Practical Dialogue Systems
will focus on adaptivity in dialogue systems. We encourage both papers
presenting successful adaptive dialogue systems as well papers on
potential drawbacks (or challenges).

This is the fourth workshop on Knowledge and Reasoning in Practical
Dialogue System. The first workshop
<> was organised
at IJCAI-99 in Stockholm, the second workshop
<> took place at
IJCAI-2001 in Seattle, and the third workshop
<> was held at IJCAI-2003 in

Topics addressed in this workshop include, but are not limited to:

    * Methods for design and development of adaptive dialogue systems.
    * Representation of language resources for adaptive dialogue
    * Requirements on data for adaptive dialogue systems and how to
      acquire such data.
    * The role of ontologies in adaptive dialogue systems.
    * Modelling of adaptivity in user models.
    * Desirability of adaptation in practical systems. Investigations of
      the use of adaptive systems, what properties are important for
      user acceptance.
    * Evaluation of adaptive dialogue systems, what to evaluate and how.
    * Techniques and algorithms for adaptivity in dialogue systems on
      various levels, e.g. interpretation, dialogue strategy, and
    * Robustness and how to handle unpredictability in adaptive dialogue
    * Architectures and frameworks for adaptive dialogue systems.
      Requirements and methods for development related to the
    * The use of techniques and methods from other related areas, such
      as ALife, emergence models, and embodied cognition.


    Who should attend

This workshop aims at bringing together researchers and practitioners
that work on the development of communication models that support robust
and efficient interaction in natural language, both for commercial
dialogue systems and in basic research.

It should be of interest also for anyone studying dialogue and
multimodal interfaces and how to coordinate different information
sources. This involves theoretical as well as practical research, e.g.
empirical evaluations of usability, formalization of dialogue phenomena
and development of intelligent interfaces for various applications, not
excluding such areas as Robotics.

The workshop will encourage the participation of both system builders
and theoretically oriented researchers, thus creating a forum for
discussion across vocational and disciplinary borders. While taking
practical applications and implemented dialogue systems as our point of
departure, we emphasize the potential contributions of theoretical and
empirical research: applications are the best testbeds for evaluating
the usefulness and originality of theories and ideas.


    Workshop format

The workshop will be kept small, with a maximum of 40 participants.
Preference will be given to active participants selected on the basis of
their submitted papers. According to IJCAI rules, all workshop attendees
must register for the main conference.

Each paper will be given ample time for discussion, more than what is
customary at a conference. As said above, we encourage contributions of
a critical or comparative nature that provide fuel for discussion. We
also invite people to share their experiences of implementing and
coordinating knowledge modules in their dialogue systems, and
integrating dialogue components to other applications.


    Submission Instructions

Potential participants are invited to submit papers on the topics
outlined above. Submissions should be no longer than 6 (six) pages
exclusive of references, single spaced, and be in line with the

Electronic submissions (in ps or pdf format) should be sent to:
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The accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings which
will be distributed to each participant.

Note: Participants are expected to register for the main IJCAI
conference in addition to the workshop.

    Important Dates and Deadlines

    * Deadline for the submission of full papers: 21 March, 2005
    * Notification of acceptance/rejection: 25 April, 2005
* Deadline for the receipt of camera-ready papers: 25 May, 2005


    Organizing Committee

*Ingrid Zukerman* (Chair)
School of Computer Science and Software Engineering
Monash University
Clayton, Victoria 3800, Australia
tel: +61 3 9905-5202
fax: +61 3 9905-5146
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*Jan Alexandersson *
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, DFKI GmbH
Stuhlsatzenhausweg 3
66 123 Saarbr cken
tel: +49-681-3025347
fax: +49-681-3025341
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*Kristiina Jokinen*
Media Lab,University of Art and Design Helsinki UIAH
H meentie 135 C
FIN-00530 Helsinki, Finland
tel: +358-9-7563-0269
fax: +358-9-7563-0555
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*Arne J nsson*
Department of Computer and Information Science
Link ping University
S-581 83 Link ping, Sweden
tel: +46 13 281717
fax: +46 13 142231
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    Program Committee

Johan Boye, Telia Research, Sweden
Sandra Carberry, University of Delaware, USA
Peter Heeman, Oregon Graduate Institute, USA
Eric Horvitz, Microsoft Research, USA
Kazunori Komatani, Kyoto University, Japan
Staffan Larsson, G teborgs Universitet, Sweden
Diane Litman, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Michael McTear, University of Ulster, UK
Norbert Reithinger, DFKI, Germany
Candy Sidner, MERL, USA
David Traum, USC Institute for Creative Technology, USA