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SIGDIAL 2018 Special Session on
Conversational Approaches to Information Search, Retrieval and Presentation
While information search via modern search engines represents one of the
great technology contributions of the past twenty years, complex
information search, particularly over unstructured text and non-textual
information (e.g., images), poses challenges for speech-only interfaces. In
particular, processing long lists of information akin to a list of search
results is cognitively demanding and simple rendering of search engine
result lists via speech has been shown to be ineffective from a HCI
perspective, and it has been suggested that approaches supporting greater
interactivity via spoken dialogue present greater promise.
The special session is designed to explore interactive approaches to
complex information search, retrieval and presentation, from the
perspective of conversational spoken dialogue. Pertinent themes include:
effective conversational interaction patterns for servicing complex
information search; presentation of complex and voluminous search results
via speech; evaluation methodologies and frameworks that combine dialogue
and Information Retreival evaluation frameworks; general HCI principles for
designing conversational search interfaces. Topics may include, but are not
+ User intent recognition and search process management.
◦ Approaches to dialog management and dialog state tracking suitable
◦ Processing verbose natural language queries / noisy ASR
◦ Query intent disambiguation, clarification, confirmation
◦ Succinct clarification strategies and directed feedback
◦ Interaction patterns for conversational search
+ Search result presentation.
◦ Language generation for appropriate descriptions of search results
◦ Summarisation of long lists of search results from unstructured
◦ Conversational navigation of search results
◦ Building test collections for conversational search evaluation
◦ Frameworks and metrics to measure effectiveness, engagement, and
◦ Intelligent digital assistants
◦ Proactive search/recommendation
◦ Collaborative search
◦ Search for visually impaired users
◦ Search for low literacy users
◦ Integration with existing technologies
Authors may choose to submit long or short research papers, or position
* Long papers and short papers: Deadline March 11 2018.
Long or short research papers will present original research and go through
the regular SIGDIAL peer review process by the general SIGDIAL program
committee. These papers will appear in the SIGDIAL 2018 conference
Long and short research papers must conform to the rules in the SIGDIAL
call for papers, and must be submitted by March 11 via the standard SIGdial
submission system – on the submission form, indicate this is a submission
to the Special Session on Conversational Approaches to Information Search,
Retrieval and Presentation.
* Position papers: Deadline April 28 2018.
Position paper will raise challenges, demonstrate/argue for the need for
specific new approaches, or showcase ongoing work.
Position paper submissions are limited to FOUR pages including references.
These will be reviewed by the special session organizers and posted on the
special session website. These papers will be presented as lightning talks
or posters during the session. Authors will retain the copyright to their
work so that they may submit to other venues as their work matures.
Position papers are to be submitted by April 28 and emailed directly to
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Lawrence Cavedon, RMIT University (primary contact)
Helen Hastie, Heriot-Watt University
Hideo Joho, Univerity of Tsukuba
Filip Radlinksi, Google London
Hanna Silen, Google Zurich
Damiano Spina, RMIT University
Johanne Trippas, RMIT University
Jason Williams, Microsoft Research
(further members to be confirmed)
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