August 15-17, 2017

The 18th Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue (SIGDIAL 2017) will be held at Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany on August 15-17, 2017.

SIGDIAL 2017 will be co-located with SemDial 2017, the 21st Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue. SIGDIAL and SemDial will run concurrently on August 15-17 and will share a joint special session. SIGDIAL will occur immediately after the Young Researchers' Roundtable on Spoken Dialog Systems (YRRSDS 2017) on August 13-14 in Saarbrücken, and will precede Interspeech 2017 on August 20-24 in Stockholm, Sweden.

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 seventeen successful previous meetings, this conference spans the research interest areas 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.


We welcome formal, corpus-based, implementation, experimental, or analytical work on discourse and dialogue including, but not restricted to, the following themes:

  • Discourse Processing and Dialogue Systems
  • Corpora, Tools and Methodology
  • Pragmatic and/or Semantic Modeling
  • Dimensions of Interaction
  • Open Domain Dialogue and Chat Systems
  • Style, Voice and Personality in Spoken Dialogue and Written Text
  • Applications of Dialogue and Discourse Processing Technology
  • Novel Methods for Generation Within Dialogue
  • Multi-Modal, Embodied, and Situated Dialogue
  • Dialogue in Virtual Reality Applications and Human-Robot Interaction


The program committee welcomes the submission of long papers, short papers and demo descriptions. Papers submitted as long papers may be accepted as long papers for oral presentation or long papers for poster presentation. Accepted short papers will be presented as posters.

  • Long papers must be no longer than eight pages, including title, text, figures and tables. An unlimited number of pages are allowed for references. Two additional pages are allowed for example discourses or dialogues and algorithms.

  • Short papers should be no longer than four pages including title, text, figures and tables. An unlimited number of pages are allowed for references.

  • Demo descriptions should be no longer than four pages including title, text, examples, figures, tables and references. A separate one-page document should be provided to the program co-chairs for demo descriptions, specifying furniture and equipment needed for the demo.

Authors are encouraged to also submit additional accompanying materials such as corpora (or corpus examples), demo code, videos, sound files, etc.

Papers that have been or will be submitted to other meetings or publications must provide this information (see submission link). SIGDIAL 2017 cannot accept work for publication or presentation that will be (or has been) published elsewhere. Any questions regarding submissions can be sent to program-chairs[at]

Submission Format

All long, short, and demonstration submissions must follow the two-column ACL 2017 format. We strongly recommend the use of ACL LaTeX style template or Microsoft Word style template from the ACL 2017 conference. Submissions must conform to the official ACL 2017 style guidelines, which are contained in these templates. Submissions must be electronic, in PDF format.

Important Notes about Anonymity of Submissions:

In a change from previous years, reviewing of long and short papers at SIGDIAL 2017 will be double blind. Long and short papers must not include authors’ names and affiliations. Additionally, self-references that reveal the author’s identity, e.g., “We previously showed (Smith, 1991) …“ must be avoided. Instead, use citations such as “Smith previously showed (Smith, 1991) …“ Papers that do not conform to these requirements will be rejected without review.

Unlike long and short papers, demo descriptions will not be anonymous. Demo descriptions should include the author's names and affiliations, and self-references are allowed.

Pre-print servers. Preprint servers such as and workshops that do not have published proceedings are not considered archival for purposes of submission. Authors must state in the online submission form the name of the workshop or preprint server and title of the non-archival version. The version submitted for review should be suitably anonymized and not contain references to the prior non-archival version. Reviewers will be told: “The author(s) have notified us that there exists a non-archival previous version of this paper with significantly overlapping text. We have approved submission under these circumstances, but to preserve the spirit of blind review, the current submission does not reference the non-archival version.” Reviewers are free to do what they like with this information.

Submission Link

Submission link:


SIGDIAL 2017 will include three special sessions:

Please see the individual pages on the special sessions for additional information and submission details.

In general, papers submitted to special sessions are handled by special session organizers, but for the submitted papers to be in the SIGDIAL proceedings, they have to undergo the same review process as regular papers.


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 papers prepare their submissions for publication.


In order to recognize significant advancements in dialogue/discourse science and technology, SIGDIAL 2017 will include best paper awards. All papers at the conference are eligible for the best paper awards. A selection committee consisting of prominent researchers in the fields of interest will select the recipients of the awards.


Important Dates
Special Session Submission: 1 March 2017 (23:59, GMT-11)
Special Session Notification: 10 March 2017
Long, Short and Demonstration Paper Submission: 25 April 2017 (23:59, GMT-11)
** extended **
Long, Short and Demonstration Paper Notification: 9 June 2017
Final Paper Submission: 7 July 2017
Conference: 15-17 August 2017

Last update: April 12, 2017