Appel: Human-Computer Conversation

Philippe Blache pb at
Mon Mar 13 09:07:52 UTC 2000

From: Yorick Wilks <y.wilks at>

                      SECOND ANNOUNCEMENT

       Apologies if you receive this from more than one source

             Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, Bellagio, Italy
                         3-5 July, 2000

Everything is on the website, including registration information
on line, hotels (from simple to sumptious), the glorious site etc.
The key date is 8 April when abstracts are due. Hotel accomodation
should be booked as soon as possible.

Invited speakers include (not all have yet accepted):

Dr B Alabiso, Microsoft, USA
Dr J Hutchens, UWA, Australia
Prof. G Leech, University of Lancaster, UK
Dr U Reithinger, DFKI-Saarbruecken, DE
Dr. T. Strzalkowski, General Electric, USA
Prof. D. Traum, U Maryland, USA

The Workshops on Human-Computer Conversation in Bellagio, Italy,
took place in 1997 and 1998, as small groups of experts from
industry and academia met to discuss this pressing question for
the future of Language Engineering, not as an academic question
only, but chiefly to bring forward for discussion computer
demonstrations and activities within company laboratories that
were not being published or discussed.  The Workshops were highly
successful in these aims and we now wish to widen participation
and add distinguished speakers, as well as introducing more
theoretical topics, though without losing the practical emphasis.
The site remains one of the finest in the world, and it promoted
excellent and intimate discussions in 1997 and 1998.

The emphasis this year will take note of the CE Fifth Framework
calls announced under Human Language Technology and in particular
the emphasis on interactivity. We also plan to emphasise (in
invited talks) the issue of politeness and whether it is
crucial or dispensible to conversation, as well as recent
results on statistical/empirical work on dialogue corpora,
and on deriving marked up dialogue corpora.

All details, including previous programs, program committee,
accomodation and travel and details of registration are on the web site.

Contributions are invited on any aspect of human-computer
conversation, as are demonstrations. Two page abstracts should be
sent by mail or email to the address at the bottom according to
the following timetable:

Deadline for submission:     8 April 2000
Notice of acceptance:        8 May  2000
Camera ready paper due:    8 June 2000

The European Association for Computational Linguistics (EACL),
SigDial and ELSNET have endorsed the meeting.

Submissions and further enquiries to: hccw at

Yorick Wilks
HCCW 2000
Department of Computer Science
University of Sheffield
211 Portobello St.,
Sheffield S1 4DP

phone: (44) 114 222 1814
fax:   (44) 114 222 1810
email: hccw at

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