SIGDIAL 2016: Program

Please note that Sigdial starts in the afternoon, and no lunch will be provided on the first day. If you arrive early, you can buy lunch at Big Mango Cafe in the adjacent building. Alternatively, you can get your lunch before coming to ICT.

Tuesday 13th September 2016
13:30    Welcome and conference overview
13:45    Oral Session 1: Dialogue state tracking & Spoken language understanding
   Towards End-to-End Learning for Dialog State Tracking and Management using Deep Reinforcement Learning
Tiancheng Zhao and Maxine Eskenazi
   Task Lineages: Dialog State Tracking for Flexible Interaction
Sungjin Lee and Amanda Stent
   Joint Online Spoken Language Understanding and Language Modeling With Recurrent Neural Networks
Bing Liu and Ian Lane
15:00    Break
15:30    Oral Session 2: Corpus Creation
   Creating and Characterizing a Diverse Corpus of Sarcasm in Dialogue
Shereen Oraby, Vrindavan Harrison, Ernesto Hernandez, Lena Reed, Ellen Riloff and Marilyn Walker
   The SENSEI Annotated Corpus: Human Summaries of Reader Comment Conversations in On-line News
Emma Barker, Monica Lestari Paramita, Ahmet Aker, Emina Kurtic, Mark Hepple and Robert Gaizauskas
16:20    Break
16:50    Special Session: The Future Directions of Dialogue-Based Intelligent Personal Assistants
   Introduction by organizers
Yoichi Matsuyama and Alexandros Papangelis
   Panel Discussion
Steve Young, Jeffrey P. Bigham, Thomas Schaaf, and Zhuoran Wang
18:20    End of Day One
19:00    Banquet (Thanks to Xerox)
Wednesday 14th September 2016
08:15    Light Breakfast
08:45    Announcements
09:00    Keynote I:
Susan Brennan
10:00    Poster Madness
10:10    Poster Session + Break
   A Wizard-of-Oz Study on A Non-Task-Oriented Dialog Systems That Reacts to User Engagement
Zhou Yu, Leah Nicolich-Henkin, Alan W Black and Alexander Rudnicky
   Classifying Emotions in Customer Support Dialogues in Social Media
Jonathan Herzig, Guy Feigenblat, Michal Shmueli-Scheuer, David Konopnicki, Anat Rafaeli, Daniel Altman and David Spivak
   Cultural Communication Idiosyncrasies in Human-Computer Interaction
Juliana Miehle, Koichiro Yoshino, Louisa Pragst, Stefan Ultes, Satoshi Nakamura and Wolfgang Minker
   Using phone features to improve dialogue state tracking generalisation to unseen states
Iñigo Casanueva, Thomas Hain, Mauro Nicolao and Phil Green
   Character Identification on Multiparty Conversation: Identifying Mentions of Characters in TV Shows
Yu-Hsin Chen and Jinho D. Choi
   Policy Networks with Two-Stage Training for Dialogue Systems
Mehdi Fatemi, Layla El Asri, Hannes Schulz, Jing He and Kaheer Suleman
   Language Portability for Dialogue Systems: Translating a Question-Answering System from English into Tamil
Satheesh Ravi and Ron Artstein
11:10    Oral Session 3: Discourse processing
   Extracting PDTB Discourse Relations from Student Essays
Kate Forbes-Riley, Fan Zhang and Diane Litman
   Empirical comparison of dependency conversions for RST discourse trees
Katsuhiko Hayashi, Tsutomu Hirao and Masaaki Nagata
   The Role of Discourse Units in Near-Extractive Summarization
Junyi Jessy Li, Kapil Thadani and Amanda Stent
12:25    Lunch (Thanks to Intel)
14:00    Poster and Demo Madness
14:20    Poster Session + Break
   Initiations and Interruptions in a Spoken Dialog System
Leah Nicolich-Henkin, Carolyn Rose and Alan W Black
   Analyzing Post-dialogue Comments by Speakers – How Do Humans Personalize Their Utterances in Dialogue?
Toru Hirano, Ryuichiro Higashinaka and Yoshihiro Matsuo
   On the Contribution of Discourse Structure on Text Complexity Assessment
Elnaz Davoodi and Leila Kosseim
   Syntactic parsing of chat language in contact center conversation corpus
Alexis Nasr, Geraldine Damnati, Aleksandra Guerraz and Frederic Bechet
   A Context-aware Natural Language Generator for Dialogue Systems
Ondřej Dušek and Filip Jurcicek
   Identifying Teacher Questions Using Automatic Speech Recognition in Classrooms
Nathaniel Blanchard, Patrick Donnelly, Andrew M. Olney, Samei Borhan, Brooke Ward, Xiaoyi Sun, Sean Kelly, Martin Nystrand and Sidney K. D'Mello
   A framework for the automatic inference of stochastic turn-taking styles
Kornel Laskowski
15:20    Demo Session + Break
   Talking with ERICA, an autonomous android
Koji Inoue, Pierrick Milhorat, Divesh Lala, Tianyu Zhao and Tatsuya Kawahara
   Rapid Prototyping of Form-driven Dialogue Systems Using an Open-source Framework
Svetlana Stoyanchev, Pierre Lison and Srinivas Bangalore
   LVCSR System on a Hybrid GPU-CPU Embedded Platform for Real-Time Dialog Applications
Alexei V. Ivanov, Patrick L. Lange and David Suendermann-Oeft
   Socially-Aware Animated Intelligent Personal Assistant Agent
Yoichi Matsuyama, Arjun Bhardwaj, Ran Zhao, Oscar Romeo, Sushma Akoju and Justine Cassell
   Selection method of an appropriate response in chat-oriented dialogue systems
Hideaki Mori and Masahiro Araki
16:20    Oral Session 4: Incremental Processing
   Real-Time Understanding of Complex Discriminative Scene Descriptions
Ramesh Manuvinakurike, Casey Kennington, David DeVault and David Schlangen
   Supporting Spoken Assistant Systems with a Graphical User Interface that Signals Incremental Understanding and Prediction State
Casey Kennington and David Schlangen
   Toward incremental dialogue act segmentation in fast-paced interactive dialogue systems
Ramesh Manuvinakurike, Maike Paetzel, Cheng Qu, David Schlangen and David DeVault
17:35    End of Day Two
Thursday 15th September 2016
08:15    Light Breakfast
08:45    Announcements
09:00    Keynote II:
Louis-Philippe Morency
10:00    Poster Madness
10:10    Poster Session + Break
   On the Evaluation of Dialogue Systems with Next Utterance Classification
Ryan Lowe, Iulian Vlad Serban, Michael Noseworthy, Laurent Charlin and Joelle Pineau
   Towards Using Conversations with Spoken Dialogue Systems in the Automated Assessment of Non-Native Speakers of English
Diane Litman, Steve Young, Mark Gales, Kate Knill, Karen Ottewell, Rogier van Dalen and David Vandyke
   Measuring the Similarity of Sentential Arguments in Dialogue
Amita Misra, Brian Ecker and Marilyn Walker
   Investigating Fluidity for Human-Robot Interaction with Real-time, Real-world Grounding Strategies
Julian Hough and David Schlangen
   Do Characters Abuse More Than Words?
Yashar Mehdad and Joel Tetreault
   Towards a dialogue system that supports rich visualizations of data
Abhinav Kumar, Jillian Aurisano, Barbara Di Eugenio, Andrew Johnson, Alberto Gonzalez and Jason Leigh
   Analyzing the Effect of Entrainment on Dialogue Acts
Masahiro Mizukami, Koichiro Yoshino, Graham Neubig, David Traum and Satoshi Nakamura
   Towards an Entertaining Natural Language Generation System: Linguistic Peculiarities of Japanese Fictional Characters
Chiaki Miyazaki, Toru Hirano, Ryuichiro Higashinaka and Yoshihiro Matsuo
11:10    Oral Session 5: Semantics: Learning and Inference
   Reference Resolution in Situated Dialogue with Learned Semantics
Xiaolong Li and Kristy Boyer
   Training an adaptive dialogue policy for interactive learning of visually grounded word meanings
Yanchao Yu, Arash Eshghi and Oliver Lemon
   Learning Fine-Grained Knowledge about Contingent Relations between Everyday Events
Elahe Rahimtoroghi, Ernesto Hernandez and Marilyn Walker
12:25    Sponsor Session with Lunch (Thanks to Microsoft) + Business meeting
14:00    Oral Session 6: Conversational phenomena and strategies
   When do we laugh?
Chiara Mazzocconi, Ye Tian and Jonathan Ginzburg
   Small Talk Improves User Impressions of Interview Dialogue Systems
Takahiro Kobori, Mikio Nakano and Tomoaki Nakamura
   Automatic Recognition of Conversational Strategies in the Service of a Socially-Aware Dialog System
Ran Zhao, Tanmay Sinha, Alan Black and Justine Cassell
15:15    Break
15:45    Oral Session 7: Non-task-oriented dialogue systems
   Neural Utterance Ranking Model for Conversational Dialogue Systems
Michimasa Inaba and Kenichi Takahashi
   Strategy and Policy Learning for Non-Task-Oriented Conversational Systems
Zhou Yu, Ziyu Xu, Alan W Black and Alexander Rudnicky
16:35    Closing Ceremony + Best Paper Award
16:55    End of Conference

Last update: August 3, 2016 - Credits