Call for Papers

September 13-15, 2016

The 17th Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue, the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies, Los Angeles, CA, USA. September 13-15, 2016 (just after INTERSPEECH).

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 successful sixteen previous meetings, this conference spans the research interest area 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. SIGDIAL 2016 will be co-located with INTERSPEECH 2016 as a satellite event, and also with YRRSDS 2016, the Young Researchers' Roundtable on Spoken Dialog Systems.


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
    Discourse semantic and pragmatic issues in NLP applications such as text summarization, question answering, and information retrieval.
    Spoken, multi-modal, and text/web based dialogue systems, their components, evaluation and applications.
  • Corpora, Tools and Methodology
    Corpus-based and experimental work on discourse and spoken, text-based and multi-modal dialogue, including supporting topics such as annotation tools and schemes, and corpora.
  • Pragmatic and/or Semantic Modeling
    The pragmatics and/or semantics of discourse and dialogue (i.e. beyond a single sentence).


We also welcome papers to special sessions. A SIGDIAL special session has the length of a regular session at the conference and may be organized as a poster session, a poster session with panel discussion, or an oral presentation session. The 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. The deadline for special session proposals is on 1 March, 2016. The accepted special sessions will be announced on 27 March, 2016.


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. Any questions about this initiative can be addressed to the mentoring chair Pierre Lison (University of Oslo, Norway


In order to recognize significant advancements in dialog/discourse science and technology, SIGDIAL will recognize 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.

Last update: February 15, 2016 - Credits