Appel: 5th SIGdial Workshop on Discourse and Dialogue

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                           First Announcement

	    5th SIGdial Workshop on Discourse and Dialogue

                   Boston, April 30 and May 1, 2004

                   (immediately preceding HLT-NAACL)

Continuing with a series of successful workshops in Hong Kong,
Aalborg, Philadelphia, and Sapporo this workshop spans the ACL and
ISCA SIGdial interest area of discourse and dialogue.  This series
provides a regular forum for the presentation of research in this area
to both the larger SIGdial community as well as researchers outside
this community.  The workshop is organized by SIGdial, which is
sponsored jointly by ACL and ISCA.


We welcome formal, corpus-based, implementational or analytical work
on discourse and dialogue including but not restricted to the
following three 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
* 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 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,
* Discovery from corpora.

(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.


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 aim to be 4 pages or less
   (including title, examples, references, etc.)

Papers that have been or will be submitted to other meetings or
publications must provide this information (see submission format); in
the event of multiple acceptances, authors must notify the program
chairs as to the meeting they choose to present their work by February
23, 2004, at the latest in order for their work to be included in the
proceedings.  SIGdial 04 cannot accept for publication or
presentation work that will be (or has been) published elsewhere.

Authors are encouraged to make illustrative materials available, on
the web or otherwise. For example, excerpts of recorded conversations,
recordings of human-computer dialogues, interfaces to working systems,

IMPORTANT DATES (subject to change)

Submission         January 12, 2004
Notification       February  16, 2004
Final submissions  March 08, 2004
    April 30-May 01, 2004

Workshop website:
Sigdial website:
HLT-NAACL04 website:

sigdial04 at

Michael Strube, EML Research gGmbH, Germany (co-chair)
Candy Sidner, MERL, USA (co-chair)

Jan Alexandersson, DFKI, Germany
Johan Bos, University of Edinburgh, UK
Sandra Carberry, University of Delaware, USA
Jean Carletta, University of Edinburgh, UK
Justine Cassell, Northwestern University, USA
Jennifer Chu-Carroll, IBM Research, USA
Mark Core, University of Edinburgh, UK
Deborah Dahl, Conversational Technologies, USA
Renato DeMori, Universite d'Avignon, France
Sadaoki Furui, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Sanda Harabagiu, University of Texas at Dallas, USA
Koiti Hasida, Sony/AIST, Japan
Beth Ann Hockey, RIACS, USA
Amy Isard, University of Edinburgh, UK
Masato Ishizaki, University of Tokyo, Japan
Michael Johnston, AT&T Research, USA
Pamela Jordan, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Andrew Kehler, University of California San Diego, USA
Staffan Larsson, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Susan Luperfoy, Stottler Henke Associates, USA
Erwin Marsi, University of Tilburg, The Netherlands
Massimo Poesio, University of Essex, UK
Matthew Purver, Kings College London, UK
Alex Rudnicky, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
David Schlangen, University of Potsdam, Germany
Elizabeth Shriberg, SRI and ICSI, USA
Ronnie Smith, East Carolina University, USA
Manfred Stede, University of Potsdam, Germany
Oliviero Stock, ITC-IRST, Italy
Richmond Thomason, University of Michigan, USA
Syun Tutiya, Chiba University, Japan
Renata Vieira, UNISINOS, Brasil
Bonnie Webber, University of Edinburgh, UK
Janyce Wiebe, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Massimo Zancanaro, ITC-IRST, Italy
Michelle Zhou, IBM Research, USA

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