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*** Due to several requests, the deadline has been moved to March 13.  

Final Announcement
7th SIGdial Workshop on Discourse and Dialogue
Sydney, July, 15-16, 2006

Continuing with a series of successful workshops in Hong Kong,
Aalborg, Philadelphia, Sapporo and Lisboa this workshop spans the ACL
and ISCA SIGdial interest area of discourse and dialogue. This series
provides a regular forum for the presentation of research in this area
to both the larger SIGdial community as well as researchers outside
this community. The workshop is organized by SIGdial, which is
sponsored jointly by ACL and ISCA.

Topics of Interest

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

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
     * 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

2. Corpora, Tools and Methodology

Corpus-based 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
     * 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.

Submission of Papers and Abstracts

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 aim to be 4 pages or
       less (including title, examples, references, etc.)

SIGdial cannot accept papers that have already been published elsewhere,
or which the author intends to present in unaltered form at another  
or workshop. However, we welcome papers introducing the SIGdial audience
to work carried out in related disciplines, which summarise or report  
published elsewhere.

Authors are encouraged to make illustrative materials available, on
the web or otherwise. For example, excerpts of recorded conversations,
recordings of human-computer dialogues, interfaces to working systems,

Important Dates (subject to change)

Submission 	        March 13, 2006
Notification 	        April 17, 2006
Final submissions 	May 22, 2006
Workshop 	        July 15-16, 2006


Workshop website:
Sigdial website:
COLING/ACL website:

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Program Committee

Jan Alexandersson, DFKI GmbH, Germany (co-chair)
Alistair Knott, Otago University, New Zealand (co-chair)
André Berton, DaimlerChrysler AG Germany
Masahiro Araki, Kyoto Institute of Technology
Ellen Bard, University of Edinburgh
Johan Bos, University of Edinburgh
Johan Boye, Telia Research Sweden
Sandra Carberry, University of Delaware
Rolf Carlson, KTH Sweden
Jennifer Chu-Carroll, IBM Research
Mark Core, University of Edinburgh
Laila Dybkjaer, University of Southern Denmark
Sadaoki Furui, Tokyo Institute of Technology Japan
Iryna Gurevych, EML Germany
Joakim Gustafson, Teliasonera Sweden
Masato Ishizaki, University of Tokyo Japan
Michael Johnston, AT&T Research USA
Arne Jönsson, Linköping University Sweden
Staffan Larsson, Göteborg University
Ramón López-Cózar Delgado, University of Granada Spain
Susann Luperfoy, Stottler Henke Associates USA
Michael McTear, University of Ulster
Wolfgang Minker, Ulm
Sharon Oviatt, Oregon Health and Sciences University
Tim Paek, Microsoft Research USA
Norbert Pfleger, DFKI GmbH Germany
Roberto Pieraccini, Tell-Eureka USA
Massimo Poesio, University of Essex UK
Norbert Reithinger, DFKI GmbH Germany
Alex Rudnicky, Carnegie Mellon University
David Schlangen, University of Potsdam
Candy Sidner, Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL) USA
Ronnie Smith, East Carolina University
Matthew Stone, Rutgers University
Marc Swerts, Tilburg University The Netherlands
David Traum, USC/ICT USA
Bonnie Webber, University of Edinburgh UK
Janyce Wiebe, University of Pittsburgh
Ingrid Zukerman, Monash University Australia
Dirk Bühler, University of Ulm Germany
Laurent Romary, LORIA France

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