11th Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue

University of Tokyo, Japan, September 24-25, 2010
(just before Interspeech 2010)

** Submission Deadline: May 14, 23:59, GMT-11, 2010 **

** Please note the change to the demonstration submissions,
** and also SIGDIAL's new mentoring initiative for authors.


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 ten 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 2010 will be co-located with Interspeech 2010 as a satellite event.


We welcome formal, corpus-based, implementation, experimental, or analytical work on discourse and dialogue including, but not restricted to, the following themes:

1. Discourse Processing and Dialogue Systems

Discourse semantic and pragmatic issues in NLP applications such as text summarization, question answering, information retrieval including topics like:

Spoken, multi-modal, and text/web based dialogue systems including topics such as:

2. Corpora, Tools and Methodology

Corpus-based work on discourse and spoken, text-based and multi-modal dialogue including its support, in particular:

3. Pragmatic and/or Semantic Modeling

The pragmatics and/or semantics of discourse and dialogue (i.e. beyond a single sentence) including the following issues:


The program committee welcomes the submission of long papers, short papers, and demo descriptions. All accepted submissions will be published in the conference' proceedings.

Please use the official ACL style files:
Note that papers should *not* be anonymous.

Papers that have been or will be submitted to other meetings or publications must provide this information (see submission format). SIGDIAL 2010 cannot accept for publication or presentation work that will be (or has been) published elsewhere, except for demonstrations. Any questions regarding submissions can be sent to the technical program co-chairs at program-chairs[at]

Authors are encouraged to make illustrative materials available, on the web or otherwise. Examples might include excerpts of recorded conversations, recordings of human-computer dialogues, interfaces to working systems, and so on.


This year, 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 Jason Williams (jdw[at]


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


Submission: EXTENDED TO May 14, 2010
Notification of acceptance: June 30, 2010
Final submission: July 30, 2010
Conference: September 24-25, 2010


Workshop website:
Submission link:
SIGdial organization website:
Interspeech 2010 website:


For any questions, please contact the appropriate members of the organizing committee:


Yasuhiro Katagiri (Future University - Hakodate): katagiri[at]
Mikio Nakano (Honda Research Institute Japan): mnakano[at]


Raquel Fernández (University of Amsterdam): raquel.fernandez[at]
Oliver Lemon (Heriot Watt University): olemon[at]


Kazunori Komatani (Kyoto University): komatani[at]


Tim Paek (Microsoft Research): timpaek[at]


Amanda Stent (AT&T Labs - Research): amanda.stent[at]


Kristiina Jokinen (University of Helsinki): kristiina.jokinen[at]


Masahiro Araki, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan
Gregory Aist, Arizona State University, USA
Jan Alexandersson, DFKI GmbH, Germany
Srinivas Bangalore, AT&T Labs - Research, USA
Ellen Bard, University of Edinburgh, UK
Dan Bohus, Microsoft Research, USA
Johan Bos, Universita di Roma "La Sapienza", Italy
Johan Boye, Linkoping University, Sweden
Donna Byron, Northeastern University, USA
Rolf Carlson, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden
Robin Cooper, Göteborg University, Sweden
Mark Core, University of Southern California, USA
David DeVault, University of Southern California, USA
Myroslava Dzikovska, University of Edinburgh, UK
Markus Egg, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Netherlands
Mary Ellen Foster, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, UK
Matthew Frampton, Stanford University, USA
Kallirroi Georgila, University of Southern California, USA
Jonathan Ginzburg, King's College London, UK
Genevieve Gorrell, Sheffield University, UK
Alexander Gruenstein, Google, USA
Helen Hastie, Heriot Watt University, UK
Pat Healey, Queen Mary University of London, UK
Beth Ann Hockey, University of California at Santa Cruz, USA
Kristiina Jokinen, University of Helsinki, Finland
Tatsuya Kawahara, Kyoto University, Japan
Simon Keizer, University of Cambridge, UK
John Kelleher, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland
Alexander Koller, University of Saarbrucken, Germany
Alistair Knott, Otago University, New Zealand
Ivana Kruijff-Korbayová, DFKI, Germany
Gary Geunbae Lee, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Korea
Fabrice Lefevre, University of Cambridge, UK
James Lester, North Carolina State University, USA
Diane Litman, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Ramón López-Cózar, University of Granada, Spain
François Mairesse, University of Cambridge, UK
Michael McTear, University of Ulster, UK
Wolfgang Minker, University of Ulm, Germany
Sebastian Möller, Deutsche Telekom Labs and Technical Univ. Berlin, Germany
Yukiko Nakano, Seikei University, Japan
Tim Paek, Microsoft Research, USA
Paul Piwek, Open University, UK
Massimo Poesio, Univ. of Essex/Univ. of Trento UK/Italy
Rashmi Prasad, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Matt Purver, Queen Mary University of London, UK
Verena Rieser, University of Edinburgh, UK
Laurent Romary, INRIA, France
Alex Rudnicky, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
David Schlangen, University of Potsdam, Germany
Candy Sidner, BAE Systems AIT, USA
Gabriel Skantze, KTH, Sweden
Ronnie Smith, East Carolina University, USA
Amanda Stent, AT&T Labs - Research, USA
Matthew Stone, Rutgers University, USA
Svetlana Stoyanchev, Open University, UK
Matthew Stuttle, Toshiba Research, UK
Joel Tetreault, Educational Testing Service, USA
David Traum, USC/ICT, USA
Jason Williams, AT&T Labs - Research, USA


Kohji Dohsaka, NTT Corporation, Japan
Shinya Fujie, Waseda University, Japan
Ryuichiro Higashinaka, NTT Corporation, Japan
Masato Ishizaki, University of Tokyo, Japan
Ikuyo Morimoto, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan