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[eu_members at aclweb dot org] Japan: 11th Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue (SIGDIAL 2010) - Preliminary CFP



PRELIMINARY CALL FOR PAPERS

SIGDIAL 2010 CONFERENCE
11th Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue
University of Tokyo, Japan, September 24-25, 2010
(just before Interspeech 2010)

Submission Deadline: May 7, 2010

CALL FOR PAPERS

The SIGDIAL venue provides a regular forum for the presentation of cutting edge
research in discourse and dialogue to both academic and industry researchers.
Continuing with a series of successful ten previous meetings, this conference
spans the research interest area of discourse and dialogue. The conference is
sponsored by the SIGDIAL organization, which serves as the Special Interest
Group in discourse and dialogue for both ACL and ISCA. SIGDIAL 2010 will be
co-located with Interspeech 2010 as a satellite event.

TOPICS OF INTEREST

We welcome formal, corpus-based, implementation, experimental, or analytical
work on discourse and dialogue including, but not restricted to, the following
themes:

1. Discourse Processing and Dialogue Systems

Discourse semantic and pragmatic issues in NLP applications such as text
summarization, question answering, information retrieval including topics like:

- Discourse structure, temporal structure, information structure;
- Discourse markers, cues and particles and their use;
- (Co-)Reference and anaphora resolution, metonymy and bridging resolution;
- Subjectivity, opinions and semantic orientation.

Spoken, multi-modal, and text/web based dialogue systems including topics such
as:

- Dialogue management models;
- Speech and gesture, text and graphics integration;
- Strategies for preventing, detecting or handling miscommunication (repair and
  correction types, clarification and under-specificity, grounding and feedback
  strategies);
- Utilizing prosodic information for understanding and for disambiguation.

2. Corpora, Tools and Methodology

Corpus-based and experimental work on discourse and spoken, text-based and
multi-modal dialogue including its support, in particular:

- Annotation tools and coding schemes;
- Data resources for discourse and dialogue studies;
- Corpus-based techniques and analysis (including machine learning);
- Evaluation of systems and components, including methodology, metrics and case
  studies.

3. Pragmatic and/or Semantic Modeling

The pragmatics and/or semantics of discourse and dialogue (i.e. beyond a single
sentence) including the following issues:

- The semantics/pragmatics of dialogue acts (including those which are less
  studied in the semantics/pragmatics framework);
- Models of discourse/dialogue structure and their relation to referential and
  relational structure;
- Prosody in discourse and dialogue;
- Models of presupposition and accommodation; operational models of
  conversational implicature.

SUBMISSIONS

The program committee welcomes the submission of long papers for full plenary
presentation as well as short papers and demonstrations. Short papers and demo
descriptions will be featured in short plenary presentations, followed by
posters and demonstrations.

- Long papers must be no longer than 8 pages, including title, examples,
  references, etc. In addition to this, two additional pages are allowed as an
  appendix which may include extended example discourses or dialogues,
  algorithms, graphical representations, etc.
- Short papers and demo descriptions should be 4 pages or less (including title,
  examples, references, etc.).

Please use the official ACL style files: http://acl2010.org/authors.html

Papers that have been or will be submitted to other meetings or publications
must provide this information (see submission format). SIGDIAL 2010 cannot
accept for publication or presentation work that will be (or has been) published
elsewhere. Any questions regarding submissions can be sent to the General
Co-Chairs.

Authors are encouraged to make illustrative materials available, on the web or
otherwise. Examples might include excerpts of recorded conversations, recordings
of human-computer dialogues, interfaces to working systems, and so on.

BEST PAPER AWARDS

In order to recognize significant advancements in dialog and discourse science
and technology, SIGDIAL will again recognize a BEST PAPER AWARD
and a BEST STUDENT PAPER AWARD. A selection committee consisting of prominent
researchers in the fields of interest will select the recipients of the awards.

IMPORTANT DATES (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

Submission: May 7, 2010
Notification of acceptance: June 30, 2010
Final submission: July 30, 2010
Conference: September 24-25, 2010

WEBSITES

Workshop website: http://www.sigdial.org/workshops/workshop11
Submission link: To be announced 
SIGdial organization website: http://www.sigdial.org
Interspeech 2010 website: http://www.interspeech2010.org

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

For any questions, please contact the appropriate members of the organizing
committee:

GENERAL CO-CHAIRS
Yasuhiro Katagiri (Future University - Hakodate): katagiri at fun dot ac dot jp
Mikio Nakano (Honda Research Institute Japan): mnakano at acm dot org

TECHNICAL PROGRAM CO-CHAIRS
Raquel Fernández (University of Amsterdam): raquel dot fernandez at uva dot nl
Oliver Lemon (Heriot Watt University): olemon at gmail dot com

LOCAL CHAIR
Masato Ishizaki (University of Tokyo): masato dot ishizaki at gmail dot com

SIGDIAL PRESIDENT
Tim Paek (Microsoft Research): timpaek at microsoft dot com

SIGDIAL VICE PRESIDENT
Amanda Stent (AT&T Labs - Research): amanda dot stent at gmail dot com

SIGDIAL SECRETARY/TREASURER
Kristiina Jokinen (University of Helsinki): kristiina dot jokinen at helsinki dot fi