Appel: Deadline extension to Feb 3 - EACL Workshop on Dialog in Motion

Thierry Hamon hamon at LIMSI.FR
Fri Jan 24 21:28:37 UTC 2014

Date: Fri, 24 Jan 2014 19:59:51 +0000
From: Tiphaine Dalmas <tiphaine.dalmas at>
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EACL 2014 Workshop on Dialog in Motion
Workshop at EACL 2014 (Gothenburg, Sweden), April 26, 2014


NEW submission deadline:
Long & short papers & demos: February 3, 2014 at 23:59 GMT

Call For Papers

Spoken dialogue systems used in call centers and car dashboards reflect
years of technological development. But the smart devices that now
accompany people throughout their daily activity and the extensive
integration of sensors and actuators into people’s environments demand
new concepts in dialogue modeling and management in order to provide
intuitive, pro-active, personalized, context-aware, multi-modal,
multi-domain dialogue systems. Users of such systems may also expect to
be able to converse completely free of constraints, which again requires
new types of dialogue strategies.

The past few years have seen the development of intelligent assistants
supporting speech interaction to deliver complex mobile information in
situ. Siri (Apple, released in 2011), S Voice (Samsung, 2012), and
Google Now (2012) are examples of the more widely known
assistants. There are several other dialogue-enabled assistants such as
SpeakToIt Assistant, Vlingo, and Iris, available to smartphone
users. These applications use GIS connectivity for navigation and to
contextualize tasks such as search. Other multimodal applications
(e.g. Wikitude, WikiHood, FieldTrip) can pro-actively present
encyclopedic information about the user’s surroundings, such as
landmarks and points of interest, as the user walks around. Augmented
reality and wearable technology such as Google Glass are also changing
human-machine interactions. There is also growing interest in bringing
all these different modalities together in the context of space and

On the other hand, researchers have focused on many natural language
processing issues relating to dialogue in spatial and temporal contexts:
natural language understanding for mobile robot communication (MacMahon
et al. 2006, Jian et al. 2010, Vogel and Jurafsky 2010, Pappu and
Rudnicky 2012, Kim and Mooney, 2013), natural language generation in
virtual and real indoor and outdoor environments (Dale 2003, Cheng 2004,
Byron 2007, Dethlefs 2011, Janarthanam 2012, Fang et al. 2013),
reference resolution (Schutte 2010), location-based belief tracking (Ma
2012), grounding in visual and spatial contexts (Boye 2012), dialogue
management for location-based services (Stent 2010, Cuayáhuitl 2011,
Janarthanam 2013, Metallinou et al. 2013), etc. The GIS community has
also expressed interest in designing and implementing systems that are
interactive and aware of the user’s location (Malaka 2000, Bartie 2006).

In this proliferation of location-aware systems in the industry,
together with research efforts in spatial and mobile contexts, we see a
convergence of efforts (e.g. Word2Actions workshop at NAACL 2012, the
Computational Models of Spatial Language Interpretation and Generation
workshop series and the Vision and Language workshop at NAACL 2013)
towards what we call "Dialogue In Motion": any form of interaction
between a computer/robot and a human in motion - for example a
pedestrian or a driver, in the real world or in a simulated
environment. Natural language interactions are promoted as a more direct
interaction medium, but they raise additional challenges in the context
of dynamic spatial environments.

In-car spoken dialog systems have a long track record of non-trivial
implementations combining voice, GUI, haptic, and gestures with
additional constraints on user’s cognitive load and environment
context. For this reason, they will be of a special interest at the

This workshop will focus on these challenging issues in language
processing for dialogues in motion. It solicits submissions focused on
topics such as:

* User modeling for situated mobile tasks
* Data collection and annotation for situated mobile tasks
* Evaluation methodology for situated mobile tasks
* Novel and real world-applications of situation-aware spoken dialogue
* Proactive strategies of information delivery 
* Dialogue management in single or multi-task situation-aware dialogue
  systems, in particular statistical dialogue management
* Speech recognition in realistic environments
* Situated natural language understanding and/or generation
* Studies and models of cognitive load in dialogue-supported mobile

We expect that researchers working in various areas of NLP and dialogue
systems related to spatial and mobile contexts will contribute to and
participate in this workshop.

Submission modalities

We invite three different submission modalities:

* Regular long papers (8 content pages + 1 page for references)
  Long papers should report on substantial, original, and unpublished
  research including new experimental results, resources and/or

* Regular short papers (4 content pages + 1 page for references)
  Short papers should report on small experiments, focused
  contributions, ongoing research, negative results and/or opinion

Both long and short accepted papers will be presented either orally or
in a poster session

* System demonstration (4 content pages + 1 page for references)
  System demonstration papers should describe and document the
  demonstrated system or resources. We encourage the demonstration of
  both early research prototypes and mature systems, that will be
  presented in a demo session.

Reviewing will be double-blind, and thus no author information should be
included in the papers; self-reference should be avoided as well. Papers
that do not conform to these requirements will be rejected without
review. Accepted papers will appear in the workshop proceedings, where
no distinction will be made between papers presented orally or as

All submissions must be in PDF format and must follow the EACL 2014
formatting requirements (available at the EACL 2014 website). We
strongly advise the use of the provided Word or LaTeX template files.

More details about the submission procedure (e.g. online submission
system) will be available soon.

Important dates

03 February 2014: Long & short paper submission deadline 23:59 PDT (GMT)
20 February 2014: Notification of Acceptance
03 March 2014: Camera-ready papers due
26 April 2014: Workshop Date

Program Committee

Yoav Artzi
University of Washington

John Bateman
University of Bremen

Tilman Becker

Luciana Benotti
University of Cordoba

Andre Berton
Daimler AG, Ulm, Germany

Johan Boye
KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Stephen Clark
University of Cambridge

Robrecht Comeyne
Nuance Communications, Merelbeke, Belgium

Heriberto Cuayahuitl
Heriot­Watt University

Jan Curin
IBM Czech Republic, Prague, Czech Republic

Nina Dethlefs
Heriot­Watt University

Ute Ehrlich
Daimler AG, Ulm, Germany

Jens Edlund
KTH, Stockholm, Sweden

Michael Feld
DFKI, Saarbrücken, Germany

Dan Goldwasser
University of Maryland

Joakim Gustafson
KTH, Stockholm, Sweden

Peter Heeman
OGI, Oregon Health & Science University, USA

Filip Jurcicek
Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

John Kelleher
Dublin Institute of Technology

Jan Kleindienst
IBM Czech Republic, Prague, Czech Republic

Alexander Koller
University of Potsdam

Kazunori Komatani
Nagoya University

Ioannis Konstas
University of Edinburgh

Geert-Jan Kruijff
Nuance Communications

Tom Kwiatkowski
University of Washington

Staffan Larsson
Gothenburg University, Sweden

Oliver Lemon
Heriot ­Watt University

Nils Lenke
Nuance Communications, Aachen, Germany

Jan Macek
IBM Czech Republic, Prague, Czech Republic

Tomas Macek
IBM Czech Republic, Prague, Czech Republic

Ray Mooney
University of Texas at Austin

Christian Mueller
DFKI, Saarbrücken, Germany

Deepak Ramachandran
Nuance Communications

Verena Rieser
Heriot­ Watt University

Hui Shi
Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology

Jan Svec
University of West Bohemia, Pilsen, Czech Republic

Thora Tenbrink
Bangor University

Adam Vogel
Stanford University

Jason Williams
Microsoft Research

Luke Zettlemoyer
University of Washington

Organising Committee

Tiphaine Dalmas
ILCC, School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, UK

Jana Götze 
School of Computer Science and Communication, KTH, Royal Institute of
Technology, Sweden

Joakim Gustafson
KTH, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Srinivasan Janarthanam
School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences, Heriot Watt University, UK

Jan Kleindienst
IBM Czech Republic, Prague R&D Lab, Czech Republic

Christian Mueller
DFKI, Saarbrücken, Germany

Amanda Stent
Yahoo! Labs, New York, USA

Andreas Vlachos
University of Cambridge, UK

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