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[eu_members at aclweb dot org] Japan: SIGDIAL 2010 Conference -- Deadline reminder



This is to remind you that the submission deadline for
the SIGDIAL 2010 conference is May 7.

The call for papers has been updated with a change to the demonstration
special session, and also SIGDIAL's new mentoring initiative for authors.

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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

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, short
papers, and demo descriptions. All accepted submissions will be
published in the conference' proceedings.

- Long papers will be presented in full plenary presentations. They 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 will be featured in short plenary presentations, followed
  by posters. They should be 4 pages or less (including title, examples,
  references, etc.).

- This year demonstrations will be presented in special sessions,
  separated from short paper presentations and poster sessions. Demo
  descriptions will appear in a dedicated section of the proceedings and
  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, except for demonstrations. Any questions regarding submissions
can be sent to the technical program co-chairs at program-chairs at sigdial dot org.

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.

NEW INITIATIVE: Mentoring

This year, submissions with innovative core ideas that may be in need of
language (English) or organizational assistance will be flagged for "mentoring"
and accepted with recommendation to revise with a mentor. An experienced mentor
who has previously published in the SIGDIAL venue will then help the authors of
these flagged prepare their submissions for publication. Any questions about
this initiative can be addressed to Jason Williams (jdw at research dot att dot com).

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

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

WEBSITES

Conference website: http://www.sigdial.org/workshops/workshop11
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
Kazunori Komatani (Kyoto University): komatani at kuis dot kyoto-u dot ac dot jp

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

TECHNICAL PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Masahiro Araki, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan
Gregory Aist, Arizona State University, USA
Jan Alexandersson, DFKI GmbH, Germany
Srinivas Bangalore, AT&T Labs - Research, USA
Ellen Bard, University of Edinburgh, UK
Dan Bohus, Microsoft Research, USA
Johan Bos, Universita di Roma "La Sapienza", Italy
Johan Boye, Linkoping University, Sweden
Donna Byron, Northeastern University, USA
Rolf Carlson, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden
Robin Cooper, Göteborg University, Sweden
Mark Core, University of Southern California, USA
David DeVault, University of Southern California, USA
Myroslava Dzikovska, University of Edinburgh, UK
Markus Egg, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Netherlands
Mary Ellen Foster, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, UK
Matthew Frampton, Stanford University, USA
Kallirroi Georgila, University of Southern California, USA
Jonathan Ginzburg, King's College London, UK
Genevieve Gorrell, Sheffield University, UK
Alexander Gruenstein, Google, USA
Helen Hastie, Heriot Watt University, UK
Pat Healey, Queen Mary University of London, UK
Beth Ann Hockey, University of California at Santa Cruz, USA
Kristiina Jokinen, University of Helsinki, Finland
Tatsuya Kawahara, Kyoto University, Japan
Simon Keizer, University of Cambridge, UK
John Kelleher, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland
Alexander Koller, University of Saarbrucken, Germany
Alistair Knott, Otago University, New Zealand
Ivana Kruijff-Korbayová, DFKI, Germany
Gary Geunbae Lee, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Korea
Fabrice Lefevre, University of Cambridge, UK
James Lester, North Carolina State University, USA
Diane Litman, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Ramón López-Cózar, University of Granada, Spain
François Mairesse, University of Cambridge, UK
Michael McTear, University of Ulster, UK
Wolfgang Minker, University of Ulm, Germany
Sebastian Möller, Deutsche Telekom Labs and Technical Univ. Berlin, Germany
Yukiko Nakano, Seikei University, Japan
Tim Paek, Microsoft Research, USA
Paul Piwek, Open University, UK
Massimo Poesio, Univ. of Essex/Univ. of Trento UK/Italy
Rashmi Prasad, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Matt Purver, Queen Mary University of London, UK
Verena Rieser, University of Edinburgh, UK
Laurent Romary, INRIA, France
Alex Rudnicky, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
David Schlangen, University of Potsdam, Germany
Candy Sidner, BAE Systems AIT, USA
Gabriel Skantze, KTH, Sweden
Ronnie Smith, East Carolina University, USA
Amanda Stent, AT&T Labs - Research, USA
Matthew Stone, Rutgers University, USA
Svetlana Stoyanchev, Open University, UK
Matthew Stuttle, Toshiba Research, UK
Joel Tetreault, Educational Testing Service, USA
David Traum, USC/ICT, USA
Jason Williams, AT&T Labs - Research, USA

LOCAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Kohji Dohsaka, NTT Corporation, Japan
Shinya Fujie, Waseda University, Japan
Ryuichiro Higashinaka, NTT Corporation, Japan
Masato Ishizaki, University of Tokyo, Japan
Ikuyo Morimoto, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan