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

at EMNLP 2018, Brussels, Belgium, October 31 or November 1

http://scai.info
Twitter: @scai_workshop
Submission URL: https://www.softconf.com/emnlp2018/scai18/
Paper Submission Deadline (extended): **August 3** (anywhere in the world)


**GOALS**
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.
This workshop aims to bring together researchers from the NLP, Machine
Learning, and IR communities to lay the ground for search-oriented
conversational AI and establish future directions and collaborations.


**TOPICS OF INTERESTS**
   * 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
   * Conversationalization of the information: analyzing syntactic structure
of the text and modifying it to be more suitable in a conversational setting
   * Text summarization for dialog
   * Evaluation of Search-Oriented Conversational AI — From
Conversational AI to Personal Assistants
   * The role of 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?)


**IMPORTANT DATES**
- Notification: August 18
- Deadline for camera-ready version: August 31
- Workshop: 31 October or 1 November


**SUBMISSIONS**
- Up to six pages of content in the ACL format, plus unlimited pages
for references.
- EMNLP’s Multiple Submission Policy
(http://emnlp2018.org/calls/papers#multiple-submission-policy)
applies:
should a conceptually similar version of the same paper be accepted elsewhere,
the authors would need to decide which submission they want to keep
and withdraw the other one.

**CONFIRMED SPEAKERS**
- Milica Gasic (University of Cambridge)
- Mari Ostendorf (University of Washington)
- Larry Heck (Samsung Research)
- Antoine Bordes (Facebook Research)
- Yun-Nung (Vivian) Chen (National Taiwan University)

**ORGANIZERS**
- Aleksandr Chuklin (Google AI)
- Jeff Dalton (University of Glasgow)
- Julia Kiseleva (University of Amsterdam)
- Alexey Borisov (Yandex & University of Amsterdam)
- Mikhail Burtsev (MIPT)

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