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Aleksandr Chuklin [ɐlʲɪkˈsandr t͡ɕʉkˈlʲin] <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 20 Jul 2020 21:38:42 +0200
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                                        SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS

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The 5th International Workshop on Search-Oriented Conversational AI (SCAI)

co-located with the 2020 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural
Language Processing (EMNLP)

Online, November 19-20 (exact date/time TBD)

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Web: https://scai.info/2020/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/scai_workshop (hashtag: #SCAI_workshop)
Submission URL: https://www.softconf.com/emnlp2020/scai2020/

****NEW**** Clarifying Questions for Open-Domain Dialogue Systems
(ClariQ) Challenge: http://convai.io


More details: https://2020.emnlp.org/workshops

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                                                  GOALS
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More and more information is found and consumed in a conversational form
rather than using traditional search engines. Chatbots, personal assistants
in our phones and eyes-free devices are being used increasingly more for
different purposes, including information retrieval and exploration. On the
other side, information retrieval empowers dialogue systems to answer
questions and to get context for assisting the user in her tasks.  With the
recent success of deep learning in different areas of natural language
processing, this appears to be the right foundation to power search
conversationalization. Yet, we believe more can be done for theory and
practice of conversation-based search and search-based dialogues.

The aim of this edition of the SCAI workshop is to bring together researchers
from the Natural Language Processing (NLP), Machine Learning,
and Information Retrieval (IR) communities to investigate future directions
of research in the area of search-oriented conversational systems.
The focus of this installment seeks to broaden participation between
research and industry. The previous instances identified a number
of research areas related which warrant additional deeper exploration.
To provide a broad forum we solicit a variety of research
and position paper submissions.

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                                           TOPICS OF INTERESTS
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  * Surfacing search results or other information in form of a dialogue
how to present information coming from search in a form of a dialogue
how ensure smooth transition between dialog turns
which model to use for dialog-state tracking
  * Evaluation of Search-Oriented Conversational AI — From
Conversational AI to Personal Assistants
  * Personalization for conversational AI and for its evaluation
  * Deep Learning for Conversational AI
  * (Deep) Reinforcement Learning for Conversational AI
  * Voice as Input (when we consider not only text input, but also voice
interactions with the agent — how will it affect existing models?)
  * Specialized applications and uses cases for conversational search
  (specialized domains in health, finance, travel, etc.)

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                                                 IMPORTANT DATES
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  * Submission: August 15, 2020
  * Retraction deadline for papers accepted to for the main EMNLP
conference: September 15, 2020
  * Notification of acceptance:  September 29, 2020
  * Camera-ready deadline: October 10, 2020
  * Workshop: November 19-20, 2020 (exact date/time TBD)

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                                                   SUBMISSIONS
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  * See the main conference’s rules: https://2020.emnlp.org/call-for-papers
  * Submission URL: https://www.softconf.com/emnlp2020/scai2020/
  * Given that the paper submission deadline and notification dates were
adjusted due to COVID-19, an exception was made to allow double submissions
to both EMNLP and its workshops. Note, that the reviews from the main conference
will be forwarded to the workshop’s Program Committee.

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                                                   CONFIRMED SPEAKERS

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  * Y-Lan Boureau, Facebook AI Research
  * Thomas Wolf, Hugging Face
  * Verena Rieser, Heriot Watt University
  * Ivan Vulic, PolyAI
  * Sungjin Lee, Amazon
  * Jason Weston, Facebook AI Research

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                                                   ORGANIZERS
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  * Jeff Dalton (University of Glasgow)
  * Aleksandr Chuklin (Google Research)
  * Julia Kiseleva (Microsoft Research & AI)
  * Mikhail Burtsev (MIPT)
  * [SCAI challenge track] Mohammad Aliannejadi (University of Amsterdam)

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