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Second Call for Papers

Tuesday, August 15 to Thursday, August 17, 2017

Deadline for Long, Short and Demonstration Paper submission: 18 April 2017
(23:59, GMT-11)

*** NEWS ***

SIGDIAL 2017 will include three special sessions:

1. SIGDIAL/SEMDIAL 2017 Joint Special Session on Negotiation Dialog

2. Second WOCHAT Special Session on Chatbots and Conversational Agents

3. Natural Language Generation for Dialogue Systems

See below for more details.


The 18th Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and
Dialogue (SIGDIAL 2017) will be held at Saarland University, Saarbrücken,
Germany on August 15-17, 2017.

SIGDIAL 2017 will be co-located with SemDial 2017, the 21st Workshop
on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue.  SIGDIAL and SemDial will
run concurrently on August 15-17 and will share a joint special session.
SIGDIAL will occur immediately after the Young Researchers' Roundtable
on Spoken Dialog Systems (YRRSDS 2017) on August 13-14 in Saarbrücken,
and will precede Interspeech 2017 on August 20-24 in Stockholm, Sweden.

The SIGDIAL venue provides a regular forum for the presentation of
cutting edge research in discourse and dialogue to both academic and
industry researchers. Continuing with a series of seventeen successful
previous meetings, this conference spans the research interest areas
of discourse and dialogue. The conference is sponsored by the SIGdial
organization, which serves as the Special Interest Group in discourse
and dialogue for both ACL and ISCA.


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

- Discourse Processing and Dialogue Systems
- Corpora, Tools and Methodology
- Pragmatic and/or Semantic Modeling
- Dimensions of Interaction
- Open Domain Dialogue and Chat Systems
- Style, Voice and Personality in Spoken Dialogue and Written Text
- Applications of Dialogue and Discourse Processing Technology
- Novel Methods for Generation Within Dialogue
- Multi-Modal, Embodied, and Situated Dialogue
- Dialogue in Virtual Reality Applications and Human-Robot Interaction


The program committee welcomes the submission of long papers, short
papers and demo descriptions. Papers submitted as long papers may be
accepted as long papers for oral presentation or long papers for poster
presentation.  Accepted short papers will be presented as posters.

- Long papers must be no longer than eight pages, including title,
  text, figures and tables. An unlimited number of pages are allowed
  for references. Two additional pages are allowed for example
  discourses or dialogues and algorithms.

- Short papers should be no longer than four pages including title,
  text, figures and tables. An unlimited number of pages are allowed
  for references.

- Demo descriptions should be no longer than four pages including
  title, text, examples, figures, tables and references.

Authors are encouraged to also submit additional accompanying
materials such as corpora (or corpus examples), demo code, videos,
sound files, etc.

Please use the official ACL 2017 style files:

Papers that have been or will be submitted to other meetings or
publications must provide this information (see submission link).
SIGDIAL 2017 cannot accept work for publication or presentation that
will be (or has been) published elsewhere. Any questions regarding
submissions can be sent to program-chairs<at>

Important Notes about Anonymity of Submissions:

In a change from previous years, reviewing at SIGDIAL 2017 will be
double blind. Papers must not include authors’ names and
affiliations. Additionally, self-references that reveal the author’s
identity, e.g., "We previously showed (Smith, 1991)..." must be
avoided. Instead, use citations such as "Smith previously showed
(Smith, 1991)..." Papers that do not conform to these requirements
will be rejected without review.

Pre-print servers. Preprint servers such as and workshops
that do not have published proceedings are not considered archival for
purposes of submission. Authors must state in the online submission
form the name of the workshop or preprint server and title of the
non-archival version. The version submitted for review should be
suitably anonymized and not contain references to the prior
non-archival version.  Reviewers will be told: "The author(s) have
notified us that there exists a non-archival previous version of this
paper with significantly overlapping text. We have approved submission
under these circumstances, but to preserve the spirit of blind review,
the current submission does not reference the non-archival version."
Reviewers are free to do what they like with this information.


SIGDIAL 2017 will include three special sessions:

1. SIGDIAL/SEMDIAL 2017 Joint Special Session on Negotiation Dialog

- Amanda Stent (Bloomberg LP)
- Aasish Pappu (Yahoo Inc)
- Diane Litman (University of Pittsburgh)
- Marilyn Walker (University of California Santa Cruz)

2. Second WOCHAT Special Session on Chatbots and Conversational Agents

- Ryuichiro Higashinaka (Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation)
- Ron Artstein (University of Southern California)
- Rafael E. Banchs (Institute for Infocomm Research)
- Wolfgang Minker (Ulm University)

3. Natural Language Generation for Dialogue Systems

- Marilyn Walker (University of California Santa Cruz)
- Verena Rieser (Heriot Watt University)
- Vera Demberg (Universität des Saarlandes)
- Dietrich Klakow (Universität des Saarlandes)
- Dilek Hakkani-Tur (Google Research)
- David M. Howcroft (Universität des Saarlandes)
- Shereen Oraby (University of California Santa Cruz)

Please see the individual pages on the special sessions for additional
information and submission details.

In general, papers submitted to special sessions are handled by
special session organizers, but for the submitted papers to be in the
SIGDIAL proceedings, they have to undergo the same review process as
regular papers.  For papers accepted to be in the SIGDIAL proceedings,
there is no difference between main and special session papers.


Submissions with innovative core ideas that may be in need of language
(English) or organizational assistance will be flagged for "mentoring"
and accepted with recommendation to revise with a mentor. An
experienced mentor who has previously published in the SIGDIAL venue
will then help the authors of these flagged papers prepare their
submissions for publication.


In order to recognize significant advancements in dialogue/discourse
science and technology, SIGDIAL 2017 will include best paper awards.
All papers at the conference are eligible for the best paper awards. A
selection committee consisting of prominent researchers in the fields
of interest will select the recipients of the awards.


Long, Short and Demonstration Paper Submission: 18 April 2017 (23:59,
Long, Short and Demonstration Paper Notification: 9 June 2017
Final Paper Submission: 7 July 2017
Conference: 15-17 August 2017


  SIGDIAL 2017:

  Co-located and related events:

    YRRSDS 2017:
    SemDial 2017 (SaarDial):
    Interspeech 2017:


For any questions, please contact the appropriate members of the
organizing committee.

General Chairs
Kristiina Jokinen, University of Helsinki, Finland and University of Tartu,
Manfred Stede, University of Potsdam, Germany

Program Chairs
David DeVault, University of Southern California, USA
Annie Louis, University of Essex, UK

Local Chairs
Ivana Kruijff-Korbayova, University of Saarland and DFKI
Volha Petukhova, University of Saarland

Mentoring Chair
Pierre Lison, Norwegian Computing Center, Norway

Sponsorships Chair
Ethan Selfridge, Interactions Corporation, USA

SIGdial President
Amanda Stent, Bloomberg, USA

SIGdial Vice President
Jason Williams, Microsoft Research, USA

SIGdial Secretary/Treasurer
Kristiina Jokinen, University of Helsinki, Finland and University of Tartu,

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