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SIGDIAL 2020
July 1-3, 2020  USA
http://www.sigdial.org/workshops/conference21/ <http://www.sigdial.org/workshops/conference21/>
Final Call for Special Sessions


The 21st Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and  Dialogue (SIGDIAL 2020) will be held on July 1-3, 2020 at the Jack’s Urban Meeting Place (JUMP)  in Boise, Idaho, USA.  SIGDIAL will be temporally co-located with ACL 2020, which will  be held on July 5-10 in Seattle, Washington, USA (https://acl2020.org/ <https://acl2020.org/>). Conference will take place just before ACL 2020. 

IMPORTANT DATES
           Special Session Submission Deadline: January 15, 2020
           Special Session Notification: January 31, 2020

The Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue (SIGDIAL) organizers welcome the submission of special session proposals. We welcome special session proposals on any topic of interest to the discourse and dialogue communities. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to Role of Discourse in  NLP Applications, Explainable AI, Evaluation, Annotation, and End‐to‐end systems.

A SIGDIAL special session is the length of a regular session at the conference, and may be organized as a poster session, a panel session, a poster session with panel discussion, or an oral presentation session. Special sessions may, at the discretion of the SIGDIAL organizers, be held as parallel sessions.

The papers submitted to special sessions are handled by the 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. The reviewers for the special session papers will be taken from the SIGDIAL program committee itself, taking into account the suggestions of the session organizers, and the program chairs will make acceptance decisions. In other words, special session organizers decide what appears in the session, while the program chairs decide what appears in the proceedings and the rest of the conference program.

Submissions
Those wishing to organize a special session should prepare a two-page proposal containing: a summary of the topic of the special session; a list of organizers and sponsors; a list of people who may submit and participate in the session; and a requested format (poster/panel/oral session).
These proposals should be sent to [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]> by the special session proposal deadline. Special session proposals will be reviewed jointly by the general chair and program co‐chairs.

Links
Those wishing to propose a special session may want to look at some of the sessions organized at recent SIGDIAL meetings.
http://www.cs.utep.edu/nigel/deep/ <http://www.cs.utep.edu/nigel/deep/>
https://robodial.github.io/ <https://robodial.github.io/>
https://www.sigdial.org/files/workshops/conference18/sessions.htm <https://www.sigdial.org/files/workshops/conference18/sessions.htm>
http://articulab.hcii.cs.cmu.edu/sigdial2016/ <http://articulab.hcii.cs.cmu.edu/sigdial2016/>


SIGDIAL 2020 Organizing Committee

General chair: Olivier Pietquin (Google Brain, France)
Co-program chairs: Smaranda Muresan (Columbia University, USA)
                                Yun-Nung Vivian Chen (National Taiwan University, Taiwan)
Local chair: Casey Kennington (Boise State University, USA)
Sponsorship chair: David Vandyke (Apple, UK)
Mentoring chair: Nina Dethlefs (University of Hull, UK)
Publication chair: Stefan Ultes (Mercedes-Benz Research & Development, Germany)
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