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SIGDIAL 2008 9th SIGdial Workshop on Discourse and Dialogue
COLUMBUS, OHIO; June 19-20 2008 (with ACL/HLT 2008)
      http://www.sigdial.org/workshops/workshop9


** Submission Deadline: Feb 15 2008 **
1st CALL FOR PAPERS

Continuing with a series of successful workshops in Antwerp, Sydney,
Lisbon, Boston, Sapporo, Philadelphia, Aalborg, and Hong Kong, 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. SIGdial 2008 will
be a workshop of ACL/HLT 2008. 


TOPICS OF INTEREST 

We welcome formal, corpus-based, implementation 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
  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 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. 


SUBMISSIONS

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.). 

Please use the official ACL style files:
    http://www.ling.ohio-state.edu/~djh/acl08/stylefiles.html

Submission/Reviewing will be managed by the EasyChair system. Link to
follow.

Papers that have been or will be submitted to other meetings or
publications must provide this information (see submission
format). SIGdial 2008 cannot accept for publication or presentation
work that will be (or has been) published elsewhere. Any questions
regarding submissions can be sent to the co-Chairs. 

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,
etc.


IMPORTANT DATES

Submission Feb 15 2008
Notification Mar 31 2008
Final submissions Apr 14 2008
Workshop June 19-20 2008 


WEBSITES

Workshop website: http://www.sigdial.org/workshops/workshop9
Submission link: To be announced 
SIGdial organization website: http://www.sigdial.org
CO-LOCATION ACL/HLT 2008 website: http://www.acl2008.org 


CONTACT

For any questions, please contact the co-Chairs at: 
Beth Ann Hockey  [log in to unmask]
David Schlangen  [log in to unmask]


PROGRAM COMMITTEE (CONFIRMED)

Jan Alexandersson DFKI GmbH, Germany
Jens Allwood University of Goteborg, Sweden
Masahiro Araki Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan
Srinivas Bangalore ATT Research, USA
Dan Bohus Microsoft Research, USA
Pierrette Bouillon University of Geneva, Switzerland
Harry Bunt Tilburg University, Netherlands
Sandra Carberry University of Delaware, USA
Justine Cassell Northwestern University, USA
Christine Doran MITRE, USA
Laila Dybkjaer University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Raquel Fernandez Stanford, USA
Reva Freedman Northern Illinois University, USA
Kallirroi Georgila University of Edinburgh, UK
Jonathan Ginzburg King's College, UK
Genevieve Gorrell Sheffield University, UK
Nancy Green University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA
Joakim Gustafson Teliasonera Sweden, Sweden
Mattias Heldner KTH, Sweden
Beth Ann Hockey UC Santa Cruz, USA
Kristiina Jokinen University of Helsinki, Finland
Arne Jonsson University of Linkoping, Sweden
Pamela Jordan University of Pittsburgh, USA
Simon Keizer Tilburg University, Netherlands
Alistair Knott Otago University, NewZealand
Geert-Jan Kruijff DFKI, Germany
Staffan Larsson Göteborg University, Sweden
Alex Lascarides University of Edinburgh, UK
Oliver Lemon University of Edinburgh, UK
Ramón López-Cózar University of Granada, Spain
Wolfgang Minker University of Ulm, Germany
Sebastian Möller Deutsche Telekom Labs, Germany
Mikio Nakano Honda Research Institute, Japan
Yukiko Nakano Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan
Tim Paek Microsoft Research, USA
Patrick Paroubek LIMSI-CNRS, France
Norbert Pfleger DFKI GmbH, Germany
Roberto Pieraccini Speech Cycle, USA
Matt Purver Stanford, USA
Norbert Reithinger DFKI GmbH, Germany
David Schlangen University of Potsdam, Germany
Stephanie Seneff MIT, USA
Claudia Soria CNR, Italy
Manfred Stede University of Potsdam, Germany
Matthew Stone Rutgers University, USA
Thora Tenbrink University of Bremen, Germany
David Traum USC/ICT, USA
Nigel Ward University of Texas at El Paso, USA
Janyce Wiebe University of Pittsburgh, USA
Jason Williams AT&T Labs, USA
Ingrid Zukerman Monash University, Australia

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