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ACM Multimedia 2020 Workshop on Multimodal Conversational AI
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12 - 16 October 2020


### Deadline: 30 July

The ACM Multimedia Workshop on Multimodal Conversational AI aims to bring
together researchers and practitioners in the areas of multimodal
conversational AI.
Recently, conversational systems have seen a significant rise in demand due
to modern commercial applications using systems such as Amazon's Alexa,
Apple's Siri, Microsoft's Cortana and Google Assistant. The research on
multimodal chatbots is a widely underexplored area, where users and the
conversational agent communicate by natural language and visual data.
Conversational agents are now becoming a commodity as a number of companies
push for this technology. The wide use of these conversational agents
exposes the many challenges in achieving more natural, human-like, and
engaging conversational agents. The research community is actively
addressing several of these challenges: how are visual and text data
related in user utterances? How to interpret the user intent? How to encode
multimodal dialog status? What are the ethical and legal aspects of
conversational AI?
The Multimodal Conversational AI workshop will be a forum where researchers
and practitioners share their experiences and brainstorm about success and
failures in the topic. It will also promote collaboration to strengthen the
conversational AI community at ACM Multimedia.

https://sites.google.com/view/multimodal-conversational-ai/


### Topics of Interest
- Design and evaluation of conversational agents
- User-Agent experience design
- Preference elicitation in conversational agents
- Recommendations in conversational systems
- User-agent legal and ethical issues in conversational systems
- Multimodal user intent understanding
- Visual conversations/dialogs
- Opinion recommendation in conversational agents
- Deep learning for multimodal conversational agents
- Conversation state tracking models and online learning
- Supply/demand in conversational agents for e-commerce
- Reinforcement learning in conversational agents
- Resources and datasets
- Conversational systems applications, including, but not limited to,
e-commerce, social-good, music, Web search, healthcare.


### Paper Submission Guidelines
All submissions must be written in English and be formatted according to
the ACM templates and guidelines. All papers should be submitted
electronically through the conference submission system.
Papers are up to 6 pages in length plus additional pages for references.
Full papers will be refereed through double-blind peer review. The
proceedings will be distributed to all delegates at the conference.


### Timeline
- Submission: 30 July
- Notification: 26 August
- Camera-ready copy: to be defined with ACM Multimedia organization
- Workshop: 12 or 16 October

### Organizers
- Alexander Hauptmann, Carnegie Mellon University, Language Technologies
Institute
- Joao Magalhaes, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
- Ricardo G. Sousa, Farfetch, Portugal
- Joao Paulo Costeira, ISR/IST, Portugal