SIGDIAL 2014: Program

Wednesday 18th June 2014
08:00    Registration - Junipers Foyer
09:00    Welcome and conference overview - Junipers Ballroom
09:15    Keynote I: Statistical Approaches to Open-domain Spoken Dialogue Systems
Steve Young
Junipers Ballroom
10:15    Break - Junipers Foyer
10:45    Oral Session 1: Situated Spoken Dialog Systems in Motion (Chair: Michael Johnston) - Junipers Ballroom
10:45    Crowdsourcing Street-level Geographic Information Using a Spoken Dialogue System
Raveesh Meena, Johan Boye, Gabriel Skantze, Joakim Gustafson
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
11:10    Out-of-Domain Spoken Dialogs in the Car: A WoZ Study
Sven Reichel1, Jasmin Sohn1, Ute Ehrlich1, André Berton1, Michael Weber2
1Daimler AG, 2Ulm University
11:35    Situated Language Understanding at 25 Miles per Hour
Teruhisa Misu1, Antoine Raux1, Rakesh Gupta1, Ian Lane2
1Honda Research Institute USA, 2Carnegie Mellon University
12:00    Lunch - Salons I & II
13:00    Oral Session 2: Adaptive Dialog Systems (Chair: Kai Yu) - Junipers Ballroom
13:00    Information Navigation System Based on POMDP that Tracks User Focus
Koichiro Yoshino and Tatsuya Kawahara
Kyoto University
13:25    Adapting to Personality Over Time: Examining the Effectiveness of Dialogue Policy Progressions in Task-Oriented Interaction
Alexandria Vail and Kristy Boyer
North Carolina State University
13:50    Probabilistic Human-Computer Trust Handling
Florian Nothdurft1, Felix Richter2, Wolfgang Minker1
1Ulm University, Institute of Communications Engineering, 2Ulm University, Institute of Artificial Intelligence
14:15    Poster Madness Session (Chair: Rebecca Passonneau) - Junipers Ballroom
14:35    Poster Session with Coffee - Junipers Foyer
   Learning non-cooperative dialogue behaviours
Ioannis Efstathiou and Oliver Lemon
Heriot-Watt University
   Improving Classification-Based Natural Language Understanding with Non-Expert Annotation
Fabrizio Morbini, Kenji Sagae, Eric Forbell
University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies
   User Modeling by Using Bag-of-Behaviors for Building a Dialog System Sensitive to the Interlocutor's Internal State
Yuya Chiba1, Masashi Ito2, Takashi Nose1, Akinori Ito1
1Tohoku University, 2Tohoku Institute of Technology
   Alex: Bootstrapping a Statistical Dialogue System for a New Domain by Real Users
Ondřej Dušek, Ondřej Plátek, Lukáš Žilka, Filip Jurčíček
Charles University in Prague
   InproTKs: A Toolkit for Incremental Situated Processing
Casey Kennington, Spyros Kousidis, David Schlangen
Bielefeld University
   Back to the Blocks World: Learning New Actions through Situated Human-Robot Dialogue
Lanbo She1, Shaohua Yang1, Yu Cheng2, Yunyi Jia2, Joyce Chai1, Ning Xi2
1Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Michigan State University, 2Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Michigan State University
   An easy method to make dialogue systems incremental
Hatim Khouzaimi1,2, Romain Laroche2, Fabrice Lefevre1
1Orange Labs, 2Laboratoire Informatique d'Avignon
   Free on-line speech recogniser based on Kaldi ASR toolkit producing word posterior lattices
Ondřej Plátek and Filip Jurčíček
Charles University in Prague
16:15    Oral Session 3: Dialog Act Modelling (Chair: Wolfgang Minker) - Junipers Ballroom
16:15    Combining Task and Dialogue Streams in Unsupervised Dialogue Act Models
Aysu Ezen-Can and Kristy Boyer
North Carolina State University
16:40    Dialogue Act Modeling for Non-Visual Web Access
Vikas Ashok1, Yevgen Borodin2, Svetlana Stoyanchev3, IV Ramakrishnan2
1Stony Brook University, 2Charmtech Labs LLC, 3AT&T Labs Research
17:05    Extractive Summarization and Dialogue Act Modeling on Email Threads: An Integrated Probabilistic Approach
Tatsuro Oya and Giuseppe Carenini
University of British Columbia
17:30    Announcements and business meeting - Junipers Ballroom
18:30    End of business meeting
Thursday 19th June 2014
09:00    Keynote II: Language Adaptation
Lillian Lee
Junipers Ballroom
10:00    Break - Junipers Foyer
10:20    Oral Session 4: Discourse (Chair: Diane Litman) - Junipers Ballroom
10:20    Addressing Class Imbalance for Improved Recognition of Implicit Discourse Relations
Junyi Jessy Li and Ani Nenkova
University of Pennsylvania
10:45    The Role of Polarity in Inferring Acceptance and Rejection in Dialogue
Julian Schlöder and Raquel Fernández
ILLC, University of Amsterdam
11:10    In-depth Exploitation of Noun and Verb Semantics to Identify Causation in Verb-Noun Pairs
Mehwish Riaz and Roxana Girju
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
11:35    Identifying Narrative Clause Types in Personal Stories
Reid Swanson, Elahe Rahimtoroghi, Thomas Corcoran, Marilyn Walker
University of California Santa Cruz
12:00    Lunch and sponsor talks - Junipers Ballroom
13:50    Poster and Demo Madness Session (Chair: Amy Isard) - Junipers Ballroom
14:15    INLG Joint Session Talks (Chair: Kathy McCoy) - Junipers Ballroom
14:15    Crowdsourcing Language Generation Templates for Dialog Systems
Margaret Mitchell, Dan Bohus and Ece Kamar
Microsoft Research
14:40    Generating Effective Referring Expressions Using Charts
Nikolaos Engonopoulos and Alexander Koller
University of Potsdam
15:05    Modeling Blame to Avoid Positive Face Threats in Natural Language Generation
Gordon Briggs and Matthias Scheutz
Tufts University
15:30    INLG Joint Session Panel - Junipers Ballroom
16:00    Poster and Demonstration Session with Coffee - Junipers Foyer
   Evaluating a Spoken Dialogue System that Detects and Adapts to User Affective States
Diane Litman1 and Kate Forbes-Riley2
1Computer Science Dept. & LRDC, University of Pittsburgh, 2LRDC, University of Pittsburgh
   Initiative Taking in Negotiation
Elnaz Nouri1 and David Traum2
1University of Southern California, 2University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies
   Knowledge Acquisition Strategies for Goal-Oriented Dialog Systems
Aasish Pappu and Alexander Rudnicky
Carnegie Mellon University
   Reducing Sparsity Improves the Recognition of Implicit Discourse Relations
Junyi Jessy Li and Ani Nenkova
University of Pennsylvania
   Interaction Quality Estimation in Spoken Dialogue Systems Using Hybrid-HMMs
Stefan Ultes and Wolfgang Minker
Ulm University
   Learning to Re-rank for Interactive Problem Resolution and Query Refinement
Rashmi Gangadharaiah1, Balakrishnan Narayanaswamy2, Charles Elkan2
1IBM Research, 2University of California San Diego
   Aspectual Properties of Conversational Activities
Rebecca J. Passonneau1, Boxuan Guan1, Cho Ho Yeung1, Yuan Du2, Emma Conner3
1Columbia University, 2Facebook, 3Oberlin College
   Detecting Inappropriate Clarification Requests in Spoken Dialogue Systems
Alex Liu1, Rose Sloan2, Mei-Vern Then1, Svetlana Stoyanchev3, Julia Hirschberg1, Elizabeth Shriberg4
1Columbia University, 2Yale University, 3AT&T Labs Research, 4SRI International
   Using Ellipsis Detection and Word Similarity for Transformation of Spoken Language into Grammatically Valid Sentences
Manuel Giuliani1, Thomas Marschall1, Amy Isard2
1fortiss GmbH, 2University of Edinburgh
   SAWDUST: a Semi-Automated Wizard Dialogue Utterance Selection Tool for domain-independent large-domain dialogue
Sudeep Gandhe and David Traum
University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies
   A Demonstration of Dialogue Processing in SimSensei Kiosk
Fabrizio Morbini, David DeVault, Kallirroi Georgila, Ron Artstein, David Traum, Louis-Philippe Morency
University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies
   MVA: The Multimodal Virtual Assistant
Michael Johnston1, John Chen1, Patrick Ehlen2, Hyuckchul Jung1, Jay Lieske2, Aarthi Reddy1, Ethan Selfridge1, Svetlana Stoyanchev1, Brant Vasilieff2, Jay Wilpon1
1AT&T Labs Research, 2AT&T
   The PARLANCE mobile application for interactive search in English and Mandarin
Helen Hastie1, Marie-Aude Aufaure2, Panos Alexopoulos3, Hugues Bouchard4, Catherine Breslin5, Heriberto Cuayáhuitl1, Nina Dethlefs1, Milica Gašić5, James Henderson6, Oliver Lemon1, Xingkun Liu1, Peter Mika4, Nesrine Ben Mustapha2, Tim Potter4, Verena Rieser1, Blaise Thomson5, Pirros Tsiakoulis5, Yves Vanrompay2, Boris Villazon-Terrazas3, Majid Yazdani6, Steve Young5, Yanchao Yu1
1Heriot-Watt University, 2CRSA, 3iSOCO, 4Yahoo, 5University of Cambridge, 6University of Geneva
18:00    End of poster session
19:00    Banquet - Joy Tsin Lau restaurant
Friday 20th June 2014
08:45    DSTC Special Session (Chair: Alan Black) - Junipers Ballroom
08:45    The Second Dialog State Tracking Challenge
Matthew Henderson1, Blaise Thomson1, Jason Williams2
1University of Cambridge, 2Microsoft Research
09:07    Optimizing Generative Dialog State Tracker via Cascading Gradient Descent
Byung-Jun Lee1, Woosang Lim1, Daejoong Kim2, Kee-Eung Kim1
1Department of Computer Science, KAIST, 2LG Electronics
09:23    Web-style ranking and SLU combination for dialog state tracking
Jason D. Williams
Microsoft Research
09:39    Word-Based Dialog State Tracking with Recurrent Neural Networks
Matthew Henderson, Blaise Thomson, Steve Young
University of Cambridge
09:55    Comparative Error Analysis of Dialog State Tracking
Ronnie Smith
East Carolina University
10:15    Extrinsic Evaluation of Dialog State Tracking and Predictive Metrics for Dialog Policy Optimization
Sungjin Lee
Language Technologies Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
10:35    Poster Session with Coffee - Junipers Foyer
   The SJTU System for Dialog State Tracking Challenge 2
Kai Sun, Lu Chen, Su Zhu, Kai Yu
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
   Markovian Discriminative Modeling for Dialog State Tracking
Hang Ren, Weiqun Xu, Yonghong Yan
Institute of Acoustics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
   Sequential Labeling for Tracking Dynamic Dialog States
Seokhwan Kim and Rafael E. Banchs
Institute for Infocomm Research
   Dialog State Tracking by Decomposing the States
Wencan Luo and Diane Litman
University of Pittsburgh
12:00    Best paper award ceremony and closing - Junipers Ballroom
12:30    Conference end time

Last update: June 16, 2014 - Credits