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Arne Jönsson <[log in to unmask]>
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Second Call for Papers

The third  IJCAI Workshop on

August 10, 2003
Acapulco, Mexico

Workshop web page

Description of the Workshop

The workshop on Knowledge and Reasoning in Practical Dialogue System 
will focus on the role and use of ontologies to develop flexible, 
adaptive, user-friendly, and enjoyable multi-modal dialogue systems. We 
encourage both papers presenting successful use of ontologies as well 
papers on potential drawbacks (or challenges).

This is the third workshop on Knowledge and Reasoning in Practical 
Dialogue System. The first workshop  was organised at IJCAI in Stockholm 
in 1999 IJCAI in Stockholm in 1999. The second workshop was held at 
IJCAI 2001 in Seattle and continued along the same lines.

Topics addressed in this workshop include, but are not limited to:

* Techniques for extending dialogue systems' intelligence through rich 
semantic modelling as realized by building large ontologies, including 
how to improve responses with the aid of ontologies.
* Representations of ontologies; XML, RDF, metatagging; database formats.
* Investigations on multimodal interaction, e.g. what properties are  
important for an acceptance of multimodal interaction from the users.
* Development and maintenance of shared knowledge sources and especially 
issues on the dynamic nature of the information sources demanding means 
for automatic update, and the fact that some  knowledge sources are shared.
* Generality vs specificity of the ontology: applicability to various 
* Techniques for automatic construction of ontologies.
* Techniques for automatic, semi-automatic or dynamic updates of  
ontologies for new tasks and domains.
* Considerations on how to merge several ontologies on the one hand or 
automatically extend ontologies on the other.
* Dialogue systems that utilise a domain ontology and ontology-based 
document processing.
* Extending ontology-based Q&A systems to allow for connected dialogue.
* Architectures for systems combining dialogue management and document 
* Investigations of how a domain ontology can be used by the different 
modules in a dialogue system.


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 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, not 
excluding such areas as Robotics.

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. There is a certain 
lack of communication between theorists and system builders, and the 
workshop aims at creating an atmosphere that allows for a productive 
interaction between these two groups.


Workshop format

The workshop will be kept small, with a maximum of 40 participants. 
Preference will be given to active participants selected on the basis of 
their submitted papers. According to IJCAI rules, all workshop attendees 
must register for the main conference.

Each paper will be given ample time for discussion, more than what is 
customary at a conference. As said above, we encourage contributions of 
a critical or comparative nature that provide fuel for discussion. We 
also invite people to share their experiences of implementing and 
coordinating knowledge modules in their dialogue systems, and 
integrating dialogue components to other applications.


Submission Instructions

Potential participants are invited to submit extended abstracts on the 
topics outlined above. Submissions should be no longer than 6 (six) 
pages exclusive of references, single spaced, and be in line with the 
IJCAI-style <>.

Electronic submissions (in ps or pdf format) should be sent to: 
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The accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings which 
will be distributed to each participant.

Note: Participants are expected to register for the main IJCAI 
conference in addition to the workshop.

Important Dates and Deadlines

  * Deadline for the submission of full papers: 7 March, 2003
  * Notification of acceptance/rejection: 2 April, 2003
  * Deadline for the receipt of camera-ready papers: 21 May, 2003


Organizing Committee

Arne Jönsson (Chair)
Department of Computer and Information Science
Linköping University
S-581 83 Linköping, Sweden
tel: +46 13 281717
fax: +46 13 142231
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Jan Alexandersson (Co-chair)
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, DFKI GmbH
Stuhlsatzenhausweg 3
66 123 Saarbrücken
tel: +49-681-3025347
fax: +49-681-3025341
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Tilman Becker (Co-chair)
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, DFKI GmbH
Stuhlsatzenhausweg 3
66 123 Saarbrücken
tel: +49-681-3025271
fax: +49-681-3025341
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Kristiina Jokinen (Co-chair)
Media Lab,University of Art and Design Helsinki UIAH
Hämeentie 135 C
FIN-00530 Helsinki, Finland
tel: +358-9-7563-0269
fax: +358-9-7563-0555
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Magnus Merkel (Co-chair)
Department of Computer and Information Science
Linköping University
S-581 83 Linköping, Sweden
tel: +46 13 281964
fax: +46 13 142231
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Program Committee

Jens Allwod, Göteborgs universitet, Sweden
Bill Andersen, Ontology works, USA
Jennifer Chu-Carrol, IBM, USA
Christy Doran, MITRE, USA
Staffan Larsson, Göteborgs universitet, Sweden
Patrizia Paggio, CST, Denmark
Robert Porzel, EML Germany
Norbert Reithinger, DFKI, Germany
Candy Sidner, MERL, USA
Ingrid Zukermann, Monash University, Australia
Laurent Romary, Loria, France
Ronnie Smith, East Carolina University, USA
Steffen Staab, Karlsruhe University, Germany