Welcome to SIGDIAL 2009!

Due to the success of the nine previous SIGDIAL workshops, SIGDIAL is now a conference. The SIGDIAL venue provides a regular forum for the presentation of cutting edge research in discourse and dialogue to both academic and industry researchers. The conference is sponsored by the SIGDIAL organization, which serves as the Special Interest Group in discourse and dialogue for both the Association for Computational Linguistics and the International Speech Communication Association.

SIGDIAL 2009 is co-located (sort of) with Interspeech 2009 as a satellite event, and will be held on September 11-12, 2009 at Queen Mary University of London, UK.

NEW 24-Sep-2009: Proceedings are now also available via the ACL Anthology.

NEW 17-Sep-2009: Roberto's photos from the conference boat trip are here.

NEW 12-Sep-2009: Best paper award goes to Dan Bohus & Eric Horvitz for Models for Multiparty Engagement in Open-World Dialog.

NEW 12-Sep-2009: Best student paper award goes to Luciana Benotti for Clarification Potential of Instructions.

NEW 08-Sep-2009: proceedings are now available online here.

NEW 04-Sep-2009: information for speakers and poster presenters here, and information about getting to the conference dinner here.

The conference schedule is available here. Accommodation booking has now closed, but you can still register for the conference online.

NEW INITIATIVE: In order to recognize significant advancements in dialog and discourse science and technology, SIGDIAL will recognize a best paper award and a best student paper award. A selection committee consisting of prominent researchers in the fields of interest will select the recipients of the awards.

The invited speakers will be:

SATELLITE EVENT: The Young Researchers' Roundtable on Spoken Dialogue Systems, a SIGDIAL satellite event, is also to be held at QMUL on September 13-14 (i.e immediately following the main conference). This is an annual workshop designed for students, post-docs, and junior researchers working in research related to spoken dialogue systems in both academia and industry.

We thank our sponsors:

Microsoft Research AVIOS AT&T

We look forward to a successful event!

Pat Healey and Roberto Pieraccini
SIGDIAL 2009 co-Chairs