14th Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue (SIGDIAL)


Thursday, August 22, 2013

9:00Welcome and conference overview
 Keynote I
9:10Discourse Relations, Discourse Structure, Discourse Semantics
Bonnie Webber
 Oral session: Discourse, semantics, and generation
10:35Expressivity and comparison of models of discourse structure
Antoine Venant, Nicholas Asher, Philippe Muller, Pascal Denis and Stergos Afantenos
10:55Unsupervised structured semantic inference for spoken dialog reservation tasks
Alejandra Lorenzo, Lina Rojas-Barahona and Christophe Cerisara
11:15Verbal indicators of psychological distress in interactive dialogue with a virtual human
David DeVault, Kallirroi Georgila, Ron Artstein, Fabrizio Morbini, David Traum, Stefan Scherer, Albert (Skip) Rizzo and Louis-Philippe Morency
11:35Training an integrated sentence planner on user dialogue
Brian McMahan and Matthew Stone
 Oral session: Dialog and Discourse in social media and interpersonal relationships
13:00Topic Independent Identification of Agreement and Disagreement in Social Media Dialogue
Amita Misra and Marilyn Walker
13:20Automatic Prediction of Friendship via Multi-model Dyadic Features
Zhou Yu, David Gerritsen, Amy Ogan, Alan Black and Justine Cassell
13:40Stance Classification in Online Debates by Recognizing Users’ Intentions
Sarvesh Ranade, Rajeev Sangal and Radhika Mamidi
 Poster and demonstration session
14:00Poster “madness” (short presentations of each poster)
14:25Poster session (with coffee)
 Generating More Specific Questions for Acquiring Attributes of Unknown Concepts from Users
Tsugumi Otsuka, Kazunori Komatani, Satoshi Sato and Mikio Nakano
 Modeling Collaborative Referring for Situated Referential Grounding
Changsong Liu, Rui Fang, Lanbo She and Joyce Chai
 A quantitative view of feedback lexical markers in conversational French
Laurent Prévot, Brigitte Bigi and Roxane Bertrand
 On the contribution of discourse structure to topic segmentation
Paula Cardoso, Maite Taboada and Thiago Pardo
 Will my Spoken Dialogue System be a Slow Learner ?
Layla El Asri and Romain Laroche
 Model-free POMDP optimisation of tutoring systems with echo-state networks
Lucie Daubigney, Matthieu Geist and Olivier Pietquin
 Patterns of Importance Variation in Spoken Dialog
Nigel Ward and Karen Richart-Ruiz
 Reinforcement Learning of Two-Issue Negotiation Dialogue Policies
Kallirroi Georgila
 Dialogue Act Recognition in Synchronous and Asynchronous Conversations
Maryam Tavafi, Yashar Mehdad, Shafiq Joty, Giuseppe Carenini and Raymond Ng
 Improving Interaction Quality Recognition Using Error Correction
Stefan Ultes and Wolfgang Minker
 A Prolog Datamodel for State Chart XML
Stefan Radomski, Dirk Schnelle-Walka and Stephan Radeck-Arneth
 Exploring Features For Localized Detection of Speech Recognition Errors
Eli Pincus, Svetlana Stoyanchev and Julia Hirschberg
 Modelling Human Clarification Strategies
Svetlana Stoyanchev, Alex Liu and Julia Hirschberg
 Interactive Error Resolution Strategies for Speech-to-Speech Translation Systems
Rohit Kumar, Matthew Roy, Sankaranarayanan Ananthakrishnan, Sanjika Hewavitharana and Frederick Choi
 AIDA: Artificial Intelligent Dialogue Agent
Rafael E. Banchs, Ridong Jiang, Seokhwan Kim, Arthur Niswar and Kheng Hui Yeo
 Demonstration of an Always-On Companion for Isolated Older Adults
Candace Sidner, Timothy Bickmore, Charles Rich, Barbara Barry, Lazlo Ring, Morteza Behrooz and Mohammad Shayganfar
 A Multithreaded Conversational Interface for Pedestrian Navigation and Question Answering
Srinivasan Janarthanam, Oliver Lemon, Xingkun Liu, Phil Bartie, William Mackaness and Tiphaine Dalmas
 Demonstration of the PARLANCE system: a data-driven incremental, spoken dialogue system for interactive search
Helen Hastie, Marie-Aude Aufaure, Panos Alexopoulos, Heriberto Cuayáhuitl, Nina Dethlefs, Milica Gasic, James Henderson, Oliver Lemon, Xingkun Liu, Peter Mika, Nesrine Ben Mustapha, Verena Rieser, Blaise Thomson, Pirros Tsiakoulis and Yves Vanrompay
 Multi-step Natural Language Understanding
Pierrick Milhorat, Stephan Schlögl, Gérard Chollet and Jérôme Boudy
 WebWOZ: A Platform for Designing and Conducting Web-based Wizard of Oz Experiments
Stephan Schlögl, Saturnino Luz and Gavin Doherty
 Oral session: Situated and multi-modal dialog
16:30Exploring the effects of gaze and pauses in situated human-robot interaction
Gabriel Skantze, Anna Hjalmarsson and Catharine Oertel
16:50Interpreting Situated Dialogue Utterances: an Update Model that Uses Speech, Gaze, and Gesture Information
Casey Kennington, Spyros Kousidis and David Schlangen
17:10Multimodality and Dialogue Act Classification in the RoboHelper Project
Lin Chen and Barbara Di Eugenio
 Day 1 conclusion and banquet
17:30Informational announcements
19:00Buses depart venue for banquet

Friday, August 23, 2013

9:00Day overview and informational announcements
 Keynote II
9:05Spoken Language Understanding for Natural Interaction
Jerome Bellegarda
 Oral session: Dialog system control and evaluation
10:30Learning Dialogue Management Models for Task-Oriented Dialogue with Parallel Dialogue and Task Streams
Eun Ha, Christopher Mitchell, Kristy Boyer and James Lester
10:50POMDP-based dialogue manager adaptation to extended domains
Milica Gasic, Catherine Breslin, Matthew Henderson, Dongho Kim, Martin Szummer, Blaise Thomson, Pirros Tsiakoulis and Steve Young
11:10Training and evaluation of an MDP model for social multi-user human-robot interaction
Simon Keizer, Mary Ellen Foster, Oliver Lemon, Andre Gaschler and Manuel Giuliani
11:30Evaluation of Speech Dialog Strategies for Internet Applications in the Car
Hansjörg Hofmann, Ute Ehrlich, André Berton, Angela Mahr, Rafael Math and Christian Müller
11:50Lunch, business meeting, and sponsor talks
 Oral session: Models of dialog and spoken discourse
13:30Predicting Tasks in Goal-Oriented Spoken Dialog Systems using Semantic Knowledge Bases
Aasish Pappu and Alexander Rudnicky
13:50Surface Text based Dialogue Models for Virtual Humans
Sudeep Gandhe and David Traum
14:10Speech Reduction, Intensity, and F0 Shape are Cues to Turn-Taking
Oliver Niebuhr, Karin Görs and Evelin Graupe
 Poster and demonstration session
14:30Poster “madness” (short presentations of each poster)
14:55Poster session (with coffee)
 Gesture Semantics Reconstruction Based on Motion Capturing and Complex Event Processing: a Circular Shape Example
Thies Pfeiffer, Florian Hofmann, Florian Hahn, Hannes Rieser and Insa Röpke
 Open-ended, Extensible System Utterances Are Preferred, Even If They Require Filled Pauses
Timo Baumann and David Schlangen
 A Four-Participant Group Facilitation Framework for Conversational Robots
Yoichi Matsuyama, Iwao Akiba, Akihiro Saito and Tetsunori Kobayashi
 Tacit Social Contracts for Wheelchairs
Daniel Couto Vale and Vivien Mast
 Laugher and Topic Transition in Multiparty Conversation
Emer Gilmartin, Francesca Bonin, Carl Vogel and Nick Campbell
 IMHO: An Exploratory Study of Hedging in Web Forums
Liliana Mamani Sanchez and Carl Vogel
 Impact of ASR N-Best Information on Bayesian Dialogue Act Recognition
Heriberto Cuayáhuitl, Nina Dethlefs, Helen Hastie and Oliver Lemon
 Investigating speaker gaze and pointing behaviour in human-computer interaction with the collection
Spyros Kousidis, Casey Kennington and David Schlangen
 In-Context Evaluation of Unsupervised Dialogue Act Models for Tutorial Dialogue
Aysu Ezen-Can and Kristy Boyer
 Spoken Dialog Systems for Automated Survey Interviewing
Michael Johnston, Patrick Ehlen, Frederick G. Conrad, Michael F. Schober, Christopher Antoun, Stefanie Fail, Andrew Hupp, Lucas Vickers, Huiying Yan and Chan Zhang
 Open-domain Utterance Generation for Conversational Dialogue Systems using Web-scale Dependency Structures
Hiroaki Sugiyama, Toyomi Meguro, Ryuichiro Higashinaka and Yasuhiro Minami
 Evaluating State Representations for Reinforcement Learning of Turn-Taking Policies in Tutorial Dialogue
Christopher Mitchell, Kristy Boyer and James Lester
 A Semi-supervised Approach for Natural Language Call Routing
Tatiana Gasanova, Eugene Zhukov, Roman Sergienko, Eugene Semenkin and Wolfgang Minker
 Counseling Dialog System with 5W1H Extraction
Sangdo Han, Kyusong Lee, Donghyeon Lee and Gary Geunbae Lee
 Integration and test environment for an in-vehicle dialogue system in the SIMSI project
Staffan Larsson, Sebastian Berlin, Anders Eliasson and Fredrik Kronlid
 Weakly and Strongly Constrained Dialogues for Language Learning
Claire Gardent, Alejandra Lorenzo, Laura Perez-Beltrachini and Lina Rojas-Barahona
 Open-Domain Information Access with Talking Robots
Kristiina Jokinen and Graham Wilcock
 Demonstration of the EmoteWizard of Oz Interface for Empathic Robotic Tutors
Shweta Bhargava, Srinivasan Janarthanam, Helen Hastie, Amol Deshmukh, Ruth Aylett, Lee Corrigan and Ginevra Castellano
 The Map Task Dialogue System: A Test-bed for Modelling Human-Like Dialogue
Raveesh Meena, Gabriel Skantze and Joakim Gustafson
 A Robotic Agent in a Virtual Environment that Performs Situated Incremental Understanding of Navigational Utterances
Takashi Yamauchi, Mikio Nakano and Kotaro Funakoshi
 Roundtable: An Online Framework for Building Web-based Conversational Agents
Eric Forbell, Nicolai Kalisch, Fabrizio Morbini, Kelly Christoffersen, Kenji Sagae, David Traum and Albert A. Rizzo
 Oral session: Speech processing technology in dialog
16:55A Data-driven Model for Timing Feedback in a Map Task Dialogue System
Raveesh Meena, Gabriel Skantze and Joakim Gustafson
17:15Continuously Predicting and Processing Barge-in During a Live Spoken Dialogue Task
Ethan Selfridge, Iker Arizmendi, Peter Heeman and Jason Williams
17:35Which ASR should I choose for my dialogue system?
Fabrizio Morbini, Kartik Audhkhasi, Kenji Sagae, Ron Artstein, Dogan Can, Panayiotis Georgiou, Shri Narayanan, Anton Leuski and David Traum
 Day 2 conclusion
17:55Informational announcements

Saturday, August 24, 2013

 Oral session: Dialog state tracking
9:00Session introduction
9:05The Dialog State Tracking Challenge
Jason Williams, Antoine Raux, Deepak Ramachandran and Alan Black
9:25Recipe For Building Robust Spoken Dialog State Trackers: Dialog State Tracking Challenge System Description
Sungjin Lee and Maxine Eskenazi
9:40A Simple and Generic Belief Tracking Mechanism for the Dialog State Tracking Challenge: On the believability of observed information
Zhuoran Wang and Oliver Lemon
9:55Multi-domain learning and generalization in dialog state tracking
Jason Williams
10:10Structured Discriminative Model For Dialog State Tracking
Sungjin Lee
 Poster session: Dialog state tracking
10:25Poster “madness” (short presentations of each poster)
10:35Poster session (with coffee)
 Comparison of Bayesian Discriminative and Generative Models for Dialogue State Tracking
Lukas Zilka, David Marek, Matej Korvas and Filip Jurcicek
 Dialog State Tracking using Conditional Random Fields
Hang Ren, Weiqun Xu, Yan Zhang and Yonghong Yan
 Engineering Statistical Dialog State Trackers: A Case Study on DSTC
Daejoong Kim, Jaedeug Choi Choi, Kee-Eung Kim, Jungsu Lee and Jinho Sohn
 Deep Neural Network Approach for the Dialog State Tracking Challenge
Matthew Henderson, Blaise Thomson and Steve Young
 Future challenge task information sessions
11:50Dialog state tracking challenge 2
12:05The REAL dialog challenge
 Conference closing
12:20Best paper award ceremony and closing