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General Session Topics
Theme Session Topics
Submission of Extended Abstracts
Submission of Final Papers
Important Dates
Accepted Submissions
Final Workshop Program


There has been a perceived need in the SigDIAL Community for a regular workshop spanning the SigDIAL interest area of discourse and dialogue. While there has been a lot of activity in this area, and fairly frequent "specialty" workshops on various sub-top ics, there has not been a regular place for such research to be presented in a forum to receive attention from the larger SigDIAL community. This workshop is intended to be the first in a regular series. A general session, open to the range of workin the area is to be combined with a Specialty "Theme Session", in this case on Principles for Dialogue System Evaluation.

Topics of Interest for the General Session

We welcome formal, corpus-based, implementational and analytical work on discourse and dialogue, with a focus on the following three themes:

(i) Dialogue Systems
    Spoken, multi-modal, and text/web based dialogue systems including topics such as:

(ii) Corpora and Corpus Tools
     Support for corpus-based work on discourse and dialogue, in particular (iii) Pragmatic and/or Semantic Modeling
a. The pragmatics and/or semantics of discourse and dialogue(i.e., beyond a single sentence) including the following issues:
Topics of Interest for the Theme Session on Principles for Evaluation of Dialogue Systems

As a special-theme session, we wish to discuss methods for evaluation which promote fruitful research directions.  Contributions in this respect are solicited on topics including but not limited to:

The last topic may need further description:  A generally important issue in evaluation of allegedly intelligent artifacts is how to manipulate the diversity under the present state of the art.  The diversity of dialogues encompasses the vocabul ary, syntactic constructions, discourse structures, and so forth.  A major source of the diversity here is the gap between linguistic expressions and the description of the world to talk about. Diverse dialogues in fact arise in tasks, such as the Ma pTask, involving pattern recognition.  However, the visual pattern recognition in the Map Task makes it utterly impossible to computationally implement with the current technologies.

Submission of Final Papers

Final papers should be sent electronically to and must be received no later than Monday 4th September 2000.

The format to use is the same as for ACL final papers. Stylefiles are available under the ACL 2000 author instructions. Papers must be submitted in pdf (preferred), postscript or rtf format.

Final papers must be no longer than 10 pages, including references and appendices with example dialogues, algorithms, etc.

Important Dates

Submissions             July 17th
Notification             August 16th
Final Submissions    September 4st
Workshop              October 7-8th

Program Committee

Laila Dybkj�r (co-chair), Koiti Hasisa (co-chair), David Traum (co-chair), Niels Ole Bernsen, Phil Cohen, Morena Danieli, Yasuharu Den, Barbara Di Eugenio, Paul Heisterkamp, Lynette Hirschman, Beth Ann Hockey, Kristiina Jokinen, Pamela Jordan, Hans Kamp, Ian Lewin, Daniel Marcu, Katashi Nagao, Laurent Romary, Remko Scha, Akira Shimazu, Candace Sidner, Mark Steedman, Michael Strube, Jan van Kuppevelt, Marilyn Walker.

Contact Information

Questions about submission:                   Pamela Jordan   <>
Questions about General Session:           Laila Dybkjaer  <>
Questions about Theme Session:             Koiti Hasida    <>
Miscellaneous and Logistical Questions:  David Traum    <>