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21th Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue


Wednesday, 1 July 2020

7:30–7:45Opening Remarks
7:45–8:30Keynote 1: Conversational Turn-taking in Human-robot Interaction
Gabriel Skantze
8:30–9:00Keynote 1: live QA
Gabriel Skantze
 9:30–10:20 Generation + Task-Oriented Dialogues (1)
 Semantic Guidance of Dialogue Generation with Reinforcement Learning
Cheng-Hsun Hsueh and Wei-Yun Ma
 Counseling-Style Reflection Generation Using Generative Pretrained Transformers with Augmented Context
Siqi Shen, Charles Welch, Rada Mihalcea and Verónica Pérez-Rosas
 Learning from Mistakes: Combining Ontologies via Self-Training for Dialogue Generation
Lena Reed, Vrindavan Harrison, Shereen Oraby, Dilek Hakkani-Tur and Marilyn Walker
 TripPy: A Triple Copy Strategy for Value Independent Neural Dialog State Tracking
Michael Heck, Carel van Niekerk, Nurul Lubis, Christian Geishauser, Hsien-Chin Lin, Marco Moresi and Milica Gasic
 10:20–10:45 Generation + Task-Oriented Dialogues (1) live QA
 10:45–11:30 Demo (1) pre-recorded presentations + live QA
 Conversational Agents for Intelligent Buildings
Weronika Sieińska, Christian Dondrup, Nancie Gunson and Oliver Lemon
 Retico: An incremental framework for spoken dialogue systems
Thilo Michael
 MC-Saar-Instruct: a Platform for Minecraft Instruction Giving Agents
Arne Köhn, Julia Wichlacz, Christine Schäfer, Álvaro Torralba, Joerg Hoffmann and Alexander Koller
 ConvoKit: A Toolkit for the Analysis of Conversations
Jonathan P. Chang, Caleb Chiam, Liye Fu, Andrew Wang, Justine Zhang and Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil
 11:50–12:20 Knowledge Acquisition/Use and Behaviour Modeling (1)
 Commonsense Evidence Generation and Injection in Reading Comprehension
Ye Liu, Tao Yang, Zeyu You, Wei Fan and Philip S. Yu
 Identifying Collaborative Conversations using Latent Discourse Behaviors
Ayush Jain, Maria Pacheco, Steven Lancette, Mahak Goindani and Dan Goldwasser
 A Case Study of User Communication Styles with Customer Service Agents versus Intelligent Virtual Agents
Timothy Hewitt and Ian Beaver
 12:20–12:40 Knowledge Acquisition/Use and Behaviour Modeling (1) live QA
12:40–15:30Breakout Discussion Sessions
 16:00–17:00 Special Session: Greetings and Talks
 It’s About Time: Turn-Entry Timing For Situated Human-Robot Dialogue
Felix Gervits, Ravenna Thielstrom, Antonio Roque and Matthias Scheutz
 Learning Word Groundings from Humans Facilitated by Robot Emotional Displays
David McNeill and Casey Kennington
 Learning and Reasoning for Robot Dialog and Navigation Tasks
Keting Lu, Shiqi Zhang, Peter Stone and Xiaoping Chen
 An Attentive Listening System with Android ERICA: Comparison of Autonomous and WOZ Interactions
Koji Inoue, Divesh Lala, Kenta Yamamoto, Shizuka Nakamura, Katsuya Takanashi and Tatsuya Kawahara
 17:00–17:30 Demo (2) pre-recorded presentations + live QA
 A Spoken Dialogue System for Spatial Question Answering in a Physical Blocks World
Georgiy Platonov, Lenhart Schubert, Benjamin Kane and Aaron Gindi
 rrSDS: Towards a Robot-ready Spoken Dialogue System
Casey Kennington, Daniele Moro, Lucas Marchand, Jake Carns and David McNeill
 17:30–18:15 Special Session: live QA
 18:15–19:15 Special Session: Late-breaking
19:30–20:15Breakouts Discussion Sessions

Thursday, 2 July 2020

 5:00–5:35 Knowledge Acquisition/Use and Behaviour Modeling (2)
 Discovering Knowledge Graph Schema from Short Natural Language Text via Dialog
Subhasis Ghosh, Arpita Kundu, Aniket Pramanick and Indrajit Bhattacharya
 User Impressions of Questions to Acquire Lexical Knowledge
Kazunori Komatani and Mikio Nakano
 Simulating Turn-Taking in Conversations with Delayed Transmission
Thilo Michael and Sebastian Möller
 5:35–6:00 Knowledge Acquisition/Use and Behaviour Modeling (2) live QA
 6:00–6:45 Semantic and Pragmatics Modeling
 Is this Dialogue Coherent? Learning from Dialogue Acts and Entities
Alessandra Cervone and Giuseppe Riccardi
 Analyzing Speaker Strategy in Referential Communication
Brian McMahan and Matthew Stone
 Contextualized Emotion Recognition in Conversation as Sequence Tagging
Yan Wang, Jiayu Zhang, Jun Ma, Shaojun Wang and Jing Xiao
 How Self-Attention Improves Rare Class Performance in a Question-Answering Dialogue Agent
Adam Stiff, Qi Song and Eric Fosler-Lussier
 6:45–7:10 Semantic and Pragmatics Modeling live QA
 7:30–8:00 Modeling Convergence
 Filtering conversations through dialogue acts labels for improving corpus-based convergence studies
Simone Fuscone, Benoit Favre and Laurent Prévot
 Nontrivial Lexical Convergence in a Geography-Themed Game
Amanda Bergqvist, Ramesh Manuvinakurike, Deepthi Karkada and Maike Paetzel
 A unifying framework for modeling acoustic/prosodic entrainment: definition and evaluation on two large corpora
Ramiro H. Gálvez, Lara Gauder, Jordi Luque and Agustín Gravano
 8:00–8:20 Modeling Convergence live QA
8:45–9:30Sponsor Booth
9:30–10:15Breakout Discussion Sessions
 10:45–11:25 Evaluation + Corpora (1)
 Unsupervised Evaluation of Interactive Dialog with DialoGPT
Shikib Mehri and Maxine Eskenazi
 Towards Unified Dialogue System Evaluation: A Comprehensive Analysis of Current Evaluation Protocols
Sarah E. Finch and Jinho D. Choi
 Human-Human Health Coaching via Text Messages: Corpus, Annotation, and Analysis
Itika Gupta, Barbara Di Eugenio, Brian Ziebart, Aiswarya Baiju, Bing Liu, Ben Gerber, Lisa Sharp, Nadia Nabulsi and Mary Smart
 11:25–11:50 Evaluation + Corpora (1) live QA
 12:30–13:00 Demo (3) pre-recorded presentations + live QA
 Agent-Based Dynamic Collaboration Support in a Smart Office Space
Yansen Wang, R. Charles Murray, Haogang Bao and Carolyn Rose
 Emora STDM: A Versatile Framework for Innovative Dialogue System Development
James D. Finch and Jinho D. Choi
13:00–16:30Breakout Discussion Sessions
17:00–17:45Keynote 2: Neural Text Generation: Progress and Challenges
Asli Celikyilmaz
17:45–18:15Keynote 2: live QA
Asli Celikyilmaz
 18:35–19:15 Generation + Task-Oriented Dialogues (2)
 Boosting Naturalness of Language in Task-oriented Dialogues via Adversarial Training
Chenguang Zhu
 A Sequence-to-sequence Approach for Numerical Slot-filling Dialog Systems
Hongjie Shi
 Beyond Domain APIs: Task-oriented Conversational Modeling with Unstructured Knowledge Access
Seokhwan Kim, Mihail Eric, Karthik Gopalakrishnan, Behnam Hedayatnia, Yang Liu and Dilek Hakkani-Tur
 Multi-Action Dialog Policy Learning with Interactive Human Teaching
Megha Jhunjhunwala, Caleb Bryant and Pararth Shah
 19:15–19:40 Generation + Task-Oriented Dialogues (2) live QA

Friday, 3 July 2020

 5:30–6:05 Evaluation + Corpora (2)
 Is Your Goal-Oriented Dialog Model Performing Really Well? Empirical Analysis of System-wise Evaluation
Ryuichi Takanobu, Qi Zhu, Jinchao Li, Baolin Peng, Jianfeng Gao and Minlie Huang
 Similarity Scoring for Dialogue Behaviour Comparison
Stefan Ultes and Wolfgang Maier
 Collection and Analysis of Dialogues Provided by Two Speakers Acting as One
Tsunehiro Arimoto, Ryuichiro Higashinaka, Kou Tanaka, Takahito Kawanishi, Hiroaki Sugiyama, Hiroshi Sawada and Hiroshi Ishiguro
 6:05–6:30 Evaluation + Corpora (2) live QA
 6:30–6:55 Dialogue Policy
 Adaptive Dialog Policy Learning with Hindsight and User Modeling
Yan Cao, Keting Lu, Xiaoping Chen and Shiqi Zhang
 Dialogue Policies for Learning Board Games through Multimodal Communication
Maryam Zare, Ali Ayub, Aishan Liu, Sweekar Sudhakara, Alan Wagner and Rebecca Passonneau
 6:55–7:10 Dialogue Policy live QA
7:30–8:15Keynote 3: Argument Mining, Discourse Analysis, and Educational Applications
Diane Litman
8:15–8:45Keynote 3: live QA
Diane Litman
8:45–9:45Business Meeting, Awards, Closing (live)