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The First International Workshop on Search-Oriented Conversational AI
(SCAI) https://deeppavlov.github.io/scai17 Twitter: @scai_workshop at ICTIR
2017, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, October 1, 2017. **GOALS** There is a
gradual shift towards searching and presenting the information in a
conversational form. 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. This workshop aims to
bring together AI/DeepLearning and search/IR specialists to lay the ground
for it and establish future directions and collaborations. **TOPICS OF
INTERESTS** - Surfacing search results in form of a dialogue (how to
present information that search gives us in a form of a dialogue and 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 (how to maintain a stable and
consistent assistant behavior?) - The role of personalization for
Conversational AI and for its evaluation (users are different — can we
personalize their experience?) - 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?) **IMPORTANT DATES** There will be
two series of submissions: - Series 1: Submission Deadline - *July 15* and
Notification - August 1 - Series 2: Submission Deadline - August 15 and
Notification - September 1 Deadline for camera-ready version - September 15
**SUBMISSIONS** Submission should be between two and six pages in the ACM
format to the following address: https://easychair.org/
conferences/?conf=scai17. We explicitly seek the following types of papers:
- early experimental results - preliminary results of convai.io competition
- conceptual papers featuring proposals for the panel discussion and
breakout sessions **ORGANIZERS** - Mikhail Burtsev (MIPT) - Aleksandr
Chuklin (Google Research Europe) - Julia Kiseleva (UserSat.com & University
of Amsterdam) - Alexey Borisov (Yandex & University of Amsterdam)

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