Call for Papers

Wednesday, June 18 to Friday, June 20, 2014

The 15th Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue (SIGDIAL 2014) will be co-located with the 8th International Conference on Natural Language Generation (INLG 2014) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. SIGDIAL will be held June 18-20 and INLG will be held June 19-21. On June 19 there will be a joint special session between SIGDIAL and INLG. Both conferences immediately precede ACL 2014, which will be held June 22-27 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

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 fourteen 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, system-building or analytical work on discourse and dialogue including but not restricted to the following themes and topics:

  • Discourse Processing and Dialogue Systems
  • Corpora, Tools and Methodology
  • Pragmatic and/or Semantic Modeling
  • Dimensions of Interaction
  • Open Domain Dialogue
  • Style, Voice and Personality in Spoken Dialogue and Written Text
  • Applications of Dialogue and Discourse Processing Technology
  • Novel Methods for Generation Within Dialogue, for a joint special session with INLG 2014


There will be one special session co-located with the 8th International Conference on Natural Language Generation (INLG 2014) on the afternoon of June 19. There will be a second special session on the Dialog State Tracking Challenge (DSTC) on the morning of June 20. Special session submissions will undergo regular SIGDIAL review process.


Special Session Proposals

Submission of special session proposals is now closed.

The SIGDIAL organizers welcome the submission of special session proposals. A SIGDIAL special session is the length of a regular session at the conference; may be organized as a poster session, a poster session with panel discussion, or an oral presentation session; and will be held on the last day of the conference. Special sessions may, at the discretion of the SIGDIAL organizers, be held as parallel sessions. Those wishing to organize a special session should prepare a two-page proposal containing: a summary of the topic of the special session; a list of organizers and sponsors; a list of people who may submit and participate; and a requested format (poster/panel/oral session). These proposals should be sent to conference[at] by the special session proposal deadline. Special session proposals will be reviewed jointly by the general and program co-chairs.


Submission of papers is now closed.

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

  • Long papers may, at the discretion of the technical program committee, be accepted for oral or poster presentation. They must be no longer than 8 pages, including title, content, and examples. Two additional pages are allowed for references and appendices, which may include extended example discourses or dialogues, algorithms, graphical representations, etc.
  • Short papers will be presented as posters. They should be no longer than 4 pages, including title and content. One additional page is allowed for references and appendices.
  • Demonstration papers should be no longer than 3 pages, including references. A separate one-page document should be provided to the program co-chairs for demonstration descriptions, specifying furniture and equipment needed for the demo.

Authors of a submission may designate their paper to be considered for a SIGDIAL special session, which would highlight a particular area or topic. All papers will undergo regular peer review.

Papers that have been or will be submitted to other meetings or publications must provide this information (see submission format). A paper accepted for presentation at SIGDIAL 2014 must not have been presented at any other meeting with publicly available proceedings. Any questions regarding submissions can be sent to the 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 demonstration submissions should follow the two-column ACL 2014 format. We strongly recommend the use of ACL LaTeX style files or Microsoft Word style files tailored for the ACL 2014 conference. Submissions must conform to the official ACL 2014 style guidelines ACL 2014 style guidelines, and they must be electronic in PDF.

As in most previous years, submissions will not be anonymous. Papers may include authors' names and affiliations, and self-references are allowed.


For several years, the SIGDIAL conference has offered a mentoring service. 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 chair Svetlana Stoyanchev at mentoring[at]


SIGDIAL also offers a limited number of scholarships for students presenting a paper accepted to the conference. Application materials will be posted at the conference website.


In order to recognize significant advancements in dialogue and discourse science and technology, SIGDIAL will recognize two best paper awards. A selection committee consisting of prominent researchers in the fields of interest will select the recipients of the awards.


SIGDIAL offers a number of opportunities for sponsors. For more information, email the sponshorships chair Giuseppe Di Fabbrizio at sponsor-chair[at]


SIGDIAL authors are encouraged to submit their research to the journal Dialogue and Discourse, which is endorsed by SIGdial.


Important Dates
Special Session Proposal Deadline Sunday, 9 February 2014 (23:59, GMT-11)
Special Session Notification Monday, 17 February 2014
Long, Short and Demonstration Paper Submission Deadline Sunday, 9 March 2014 (23:59, GMT-11)
Long, Short and Demonstration Paper Notification Friday, 18 April 2014
Final Paper Submission Deadline (mentored papers only) Wednesday, 14 May 2014
Final Paper Submission Deadline (all types except for mentored papers) Friday, 23 May 2014
Conference Wednesday, 18 June 2014 (morning) to Friday, 20 June 2014 (midday)


General Co-Chairs

Kallirroi Georgila, University of Southern California, USA
Matthew Stone, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA

Technical Program Co-Chairs

Helen Hastie, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK
Ani Nenkova, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Mentoring Chair

Svetlana Stoyanchev, AT&T Labs Research, USA

Local Chair

Keelan Evanini, Educational Testing Service, USA

Sponsorships Chair

Giuseppe Di Fabbrizio,, USA

SIGdial President

Amanda Stent, Yahoo! Labs, USA

SIGdial Vice President

Jason Williams, Microsoft Research, USA

SIGdial Secretary/Treasurer

Kristiina Jokinen, University of Helsinki, Finland

Program Committee

Jan Alexandersson, DFKI GmbH, Germany
Masahiro Araki, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan
Yasuo Ariki, Kobe University, Japan
Ron Artstein, University of Southern California, USA
Timo Baumann, Universitat Hamburg, Germany
Frederic Bechet, Aix Marseille Universite - LIF/CNRS, France
Steve Beet, Aculab plc, UK
Jose Miguel Benedi, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Spain
Luciana Benotti, Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Argentina
Nicole Beringer, 3SOFT GmbH, Germany
Nate Blaylock, Nuance Communications, Canada
Dan Bohus, Microsoft Research, USA
Johan Boye, KTH, Sweden
Kristy Boyer, North Carolina State University, USA
Asli Celikyilmaz, Microsoft, USA
Christophe Cerisara, CNRS, France
Joyce Chai, Michigan State University, USA
Mark Core, University of Southern California, USA
Paul Crook, Microsoft, USA
Heriberto Cuayáhuitl, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK
Xiaodong Cui, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, USA
Marie-Catherine de Marneffe, Ohio State University, USA
David DeVault, University of Southern California, USA
Barbara Di Eugenio, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Giuseppe Di Fabbrizio,, USA
Dimitrios Dimitriadis, AT&T Labs Research, USA
Myroslava Dzikovska, University of Edinburgh, UK
Jens Edlund, KTH Speech Music and Hearing, Sweden
Mauro Falcone, Fondazione Ugo Bordoni, Italy
Benoit Favre, Aix-Marseille Universite - LIF/CNRS, France
Raquel Fernández, ILLC, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Claire Gardent, CNRS/LORIA, Nancy, France
Kallirroi Georgila, University of Southern California, USA
Panayiotis Georgiou, University of Southern California, USA
Agustin Gravano, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Nancy Green, University of North Carolina Greensboro, USA
Curry Guinn, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, USA
Dilek Hakkani-Tur, Microsoft Research, USA
Mark Hasegawa-Johnson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Helen Hastie, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK
Peter Heeman, Oregon Health and Sciences University, Center for Spoken Language Understanding, USA
Keikichi Hirose, University of Tokyo, Japan
David Janiszek, Universite Paris Descartes, France
Kristiina Jokinen, University of Helsinki, Finland
Arne Jonsson, Linkoping University, Sweden
Pamela Jordan, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Tatsuya Kawahara, Kyoto University, Japan
Simon Keizer, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK
Norihide Kitaoka, Nagoya University, Japan
Kazunori Komatani, Nagoya University, Japan
Stefan Kopp, Bielefeld University, Germany
Ian Lane, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Romain Laroche, Orange Labs, France
Alex Lascarides, University of Edinburgh, UK
Sungjin Lee, Language Technologies Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Gary Geunbae Lee, POSTECH, South Korea
Fabrice Lefevre, University of Avignon, France
Oliver Lemon, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK
James Lester, North Carolina State University, USA
Diane Litman, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Eduardo Lleida Solano, University of Zaragoza, Spain
Ramon Lopez-Cozar, University of Granada, Spain
Annie Louis, University of Edinburgh, UK
Hugo Meinedo, INESC-ID Lisboa, Portugal
Helen Meng, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China
Florian Metze, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Wolfgang Minker, Ulm University, Germany
Teruhisa Misu, Honda Research Institute USA, USA
Mikio Nakano, Honda Research Institute Japan, Japan
Ani Nenkova, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Vincent Ng, University of Texas at Dallas, USA
Elmar Noeth, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
Douglas O'Shaughnessy, INRS-EMT (University of Quebec), Canada
Paul Piwek, The Open University, UK
Andrei Popescu-Belis, Idiap Research Institute, Switzerland
Matthew Purver, Queen Mary, University of London, UK
Antoine Raux, Lenovo Labs, USA
Norbert Reithinger, DFKI GmbH, Germany
Verena Rieser, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK
Carolyn Rose, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Alexander Rudnicky, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
David Schlangen, Bielefeld University, Germany
Gabriel Skantze, KTH Speech Music and Hearing, Sweden
Manfred Stede, University of Potsdam, Germany
Georg Stemmer, Intel Corp., Germany
Amanda Stent, Yahoo! Labs, USA
Matthew Stone, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA
Svetlana Stoyanchev, AT&T Labs Research, USA
Kristina Striegnitz, Union College, USA
Marc Swerts, Tilburg University, Netherlands
Antonio Teixeira, University of Aveiro, Portugal
Joel Tetreault, Yahoo! Labs, USA
Takenobu Tokunaga, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Isabel Trancoso, INESC-ID / IST, Portugal
David Traum, University of Southern California, USA
Gokhan Tur, Microsoft Research, USA
Renata Vieira, PUCRS, Brazil
Marilyn Walker, University of California Santa Cruz, USA
Hsin-Min Wang, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Nigel Ward, University of Texas at El Paso, USA
Jason Williams, Microsoft Research, USA
Steve Young, Cambridge University, UK
Kai Yu, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Jian Zhang, Dongguan University of Technology and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, China

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