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              *** Apologies for multiple postings ***

*NINETEENTH INTERNATIONAL JOINT CONFERENCE ON ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE*

                          *August 1, 2005*

4th Workshop on KNOWLEDGE AND REASONING IN PRACTICAL DIALOGUE  SYSTEMS

                   *** Call for participation ***

Please note that there is a limited number of attendees allowed for the workshop.

Description of the Workshop

This is the fourth workshop on Knowledge and Reasoning
in Practical Dialogue Systems. The first workshop
<http://www.ida.liu.se/~nlplab/ijcai-ws-99/ijcai-ws.html>
was organised at IJCAI-99 in Stockholm, the second workshop
<http://www.ida.liu.se/~nlplab/ijcai-ws-01/ijcai-ws.html>
took place at IJCAI-2001 in Seattle, and the third workshop
<http://www.ida.liu.se/~nlplab/ijcai-ws-03/> was held at IJCAI-2003
in Acapulco.

This year, the workshop includes presentations in three main areas:
dialogue management, adaptive discourse planning, and automatic
learning of dialogue policies. Probabilistic and machine learning
techniques have significant representation, and the main applications
are in information-providing systems and robotics.

The workshop will allow plenty of time for discussion based on the
emergent issues of the workshop.

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   Who should attend

This workshop aims at bringing together researchers and practitioners
that work on the development of communication models that support robust
and efficient interaction in natural language, both for commercial
dialogue systems and in basic research.

It should be of interest also for anyone studying discourse, dialogue
and multimodal interfaces and how to coordinate different information
sources. This involves theoretical as well as practical research, e.g.,
empirical evaluations of usability, formalization of dialogue phenomena,
and development of intelligent interfaces for various applications.

The workshop will encourage the participation of both system builders
and theoretically oriented researchers, thus creating a forum for
discussion across vocational and disciplinary borders. While taking
practical applications and implemented dialogue systems as our point of
departure, we emphasize the potential contributions of theoretical and
empirical research: applications are the best testbeds for evaluating
the usefulness and originality of theories and ideas.

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   Workshop format

The workshop will be kept small, with a maximum of 40 participants.
Interested participants should contact one of the members of the
Organizing Committee and provide a brief description of their relevant
work.

Each paper will be given ample time for discussion, more than what is
customary at a conference. We encourage presentations of a critical or
comparative nature that provide fuel for discussion.

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   Accepted Papers (Program will be included in the workshop web page)

K.  Eliasson
Towards a Robotic Dialogue System with Learning and Planning Capabilities

M.E. Foster and M. White
Assessing the Impact of Adaptive Generation in the COMIC Multimodal Dialogue System

M. Frampton and O. Lemon
Reinforcement Learning of Dialogue Strategies using the User's Last Dialogue Act

J. Henderson, O. Lemon and K. Georgila
Hybrid Reinforcement/Supervised Learning for Dialogue Policies from COMMUNICATOR data

B. Inouye and A. Biermann
An Algorithm that Continuously Seeks Minimum Length Dialogs

K. Komatani
Generating Confirmation to Distinguish Phonologically Confusing Word Pairs
in Spoken Dialogue Systems

S. Lesch, T. Kleinbauer and J. Alexandersson
Towards a Decent Recognition Rate for the Automatic Classification of a
Multidimensional Dialogue Act Tagset

B. McEleney and G. O Hare
Efficient Dialogue Using a Probabilistic Nested User Model

M. Niemann, S. George and I. Zukerman
Towards a Probabilistic, Multi-layered Spoken Language Interpretation System

M. Stede and D. Schlangen
How to Talk to Tourists: Using an Adaptive Dialogue Strategy to Model
Information-Seeking Chat

P. Warnestal
Dialogue Strategy Evaluation of a Conversational Recommender System

J.D. Williams, P. Poupart and S. Young
Factored Partially Observable Markov Decision Processes for Dialogue Management

J. Wyatt
Planning to resolve ambiguous references to objects

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   Organizing Committee

*Ingrid Zukerman* (Chair)
School of Computer Science and Software Engineering
Monash University
Clayton, Victoria 3800, Australia
tel: +61 3 9905-5202
fax: +61 3 9905-5146
email: [log in to unmask]

*Jan Alexandersson*
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, DFKI GmbH
Stuhlsatzenhausweg 3
66 123 Saarbrucken
Germany
tel: +49-681-3025347
fax: +49-681-3025341
email: [log in to unmask]

*Arne Jonsson*
Department of Computer and Information Science
Linkoping University
S-581 83 Linkoping, Sweden
tel: +46 13 281717
fax: +46 13 142231
email: [log in to unmask]


   Program Committee

Johan Boye, Telia Research, Sweden
Sandra Carberry, University of Delaware, USA
Peter Heeman, Oregon Graduate Institute, USA
Eric Horvitz, Microsoft Research, USA
Kazunori Komatani, Kyoto University, Japan
Staffan Larsson, Gotteborgs Universitet, Sweden
Diane Litman, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Michael McTear, University of Ulster, UK
Norbert Reithinger, DFKI, Germany
Candy Sidner, MERL, USA
David Traum, USC Institute for Creative Technology, USA

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