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WSDM 2020 Workshop on Conversational Systems for E-Commerce Recommendations
and Search

Call For Papers

WSDM ConvERSe is a full day workshop taking place on Monday, February 7,
2020 in conjunction with WSDM 2020 in Houston, Texas.

Workshop website:

Important Dates:

• Submissions Due - Dec 15, 2019
• Notification - Jan 7, 2020
• Camera Ready Version of Papers Due - Jan 15, 2020
• WSDM ConvERSe Full day Workshop - Feb 7, 2020

Conversational systems have improved dramatically recently, and are
receiving increasing attention in academic literature. However, significant
research challenges remain spanning areas of dialogue systems, spoken
natural language processing, human-computer interaction, and search and
recommender systems, which all are exacerbated with demanding requirements
of E-Commerce.

The WSDM ConvERSe workshop will bring together researchers and
practitioners in the areas of conversational systems, human-computer
interaction, information retrieval, and recommender systems. Bringing
diverse research areas together into a single workshop would accelerate
progress on adapting conversation systems to the E-Commerce domain, to set
a research agenda, to examine how to build and share data sets, and to
establish common evaluation metrics and benchmarks to drive research

We invite quality research contributions, position and opinion papers
addressing relevant challenges in the domain of conversational systems. We
invite submission of papers and posters of two to ten pages (including
references), representing original research, preliminary research results,
proposals for new work, position and opinion papers. All submitted papers
and posters will be single-blind and will be peer reviewed by an
international program committee of researchers of high repute. Accepted
submissions will be presented at the workshop

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

* Active learning for conversational systems
* Deep learning and online learning approaches for conversational systems
* User modeling
* Intent understanding and intent modeling
* Design of conversational systems and agents
* User-interaction and User-experience design
* Preference elicitation approaches
* Cold-start recommendations
* Proactive recommendations
* Critiquing in conversational recommenders
* Question-asking in conversational recommenders
* Personalization in conversational recommenders
* Recommendations-explanations in conversational systems
* Natural language interaction with conversational systems
* Dialogue management for conversational recommenders
* Conversational group recommenders
* Interaction methods in conversational recommenders
* Evaluation metrics and approaches for multi-turn conversational systems
* Integrating user feed-back and responses
* Narrative-driven recommendations
* Resources and data sets

Note: We welcome submissions in conversational systems from other related
domains such as news, music etc.

Data/ Resource Track:

In order to promote academic research in the eCommerce domain, we plan to
accept a small number of high quality dataset contributions. These
submissions should be accompanied by a clear and detailed description of
the dataset, some potential questions and applications that arise from it.
Preliminary empirical investigations conveying any insight about the data
will increase the quality of the submission.

Submission Instructions:

All papers will be peer reviewed (single-blind) by the program committee
and judged by their relevance to the workshop, especially to the main
themes identified above, and their potential to generate discussion.

All submissions must be formatted according to the latest ACM SIG
proceedings template available at (LaTeX users use
sample-sigconf.tex as a template).

Submissions must describe work that is not previously published, not
accepted for publication elsewhere, and not currently under review
elsewhere.  All submissions must be in English.

Please note that at least one of the authors of each accepted paper must
register for the workshop and present the paper in-person.

Submissions to WSDM ConvERSe should be made at

The deadline for paper submission is Dec 15, 2019


     Eugene Agichtein         Emory University, USA
     Dilek Hakkani-Tür         Amazon, USA
     Surya Kallumadi           The Home Depot, USA
     Shervin Malmasi           Amazon, USA

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