12th Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue

Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon, USA.
(Immediately preceeding ACL-HLT 2011)

** Submission Deadline: Feb 27th, 23:59, GMT-11, 2011 **


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 eleven 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.

Topics of Interest


The program committee welcomes the submission of long papers, short papers, and demo descriptions. All accepted submissions will be published in the conference proceedings.

Papers that have been or will be submitted to other meetings or publications must provide this information (see submission format). SIGDIAL 2011 cannot accept for publication or presentation work that will be (or has been) published elsewhere, except for demonstrations. Any questions regarding submissions can be sent to the technical program co-chairs at program-chairs[at]

Authors are encouraged to submit additional supportive material such as video clips or sound clips and examples of available resources for review purposes.

Submission is electronic using paper submission software at:


All long, short, and demo submissions should follow the two-column ACL-HLT 2011format. We strongly recommend the use of ACL LaTeX style files or Microsoft Word style files tailored for ACL-HLT 2011 conference. Submissions must conform to the official ACL-HLT 2011 style guidelines, which are contained in the style files, and they must be electronic in PDF. As in most previous years, submissions will not be anonymous.


The mentoring service offered last year has been very beneficial. We will follow the same practice this year. Submissions with innovative core ideas that may need language (English) or organizational assistance will be flagged for "mentoring" and conditionally 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. Any questions about the mentoring service can be addressed to the mentoring service chair: Dr. Ronnie Smith (rws[at]


In order to recognize significant advancements in dialog and discourse science and technology, SIGDIAL will recognize a BEST PAPER AWARD and a BEST STUDENT PAPER AWARD. A selection committee consisting of prominent researchers in the fields of interest will select the recipients of the awards.


Important Dates
Long/Short Paper Submission Deadline February 27, 23:59, GMT-11, 2011
Long/Short Paper Notification April 15, 2011
Demo Submission Deadline April 19, 2011
Demo Notification April 26, 2011
Final Paper Submission (all types) May 15, 2011
Conference June 17-18, 2011


For any questions, please contact the appropriate members of the organizing committee:

General Co-Chairs

Johanna Moore, The University of Edinnburgh, UK
David Traum,University of Southern California, USA

Technical Program Co-Chairs

Joyce Chai Michigan State University, USA
Rebecca Passonneau Columbia University, USA

Program Committee


Mentoring Chair

Ronnie Smith East Carolina University, USA

Local Chair

Peter Heeman Oregon Health & Science University, USA

Sponsorships Chair

Jason Williams AT&T Labs - Research, USA

SIGDIAL President

Tim Paek, Microsoft Research, USA

SIGDIAL Vice President

Amanda Stent, AT&T Labs - Research, USA

SIGDIAL Secretary/Treasurer

Kristiina Jokinen, University of Helsinki, Finland