Final Announcement

7th SIGdial Workshop on Discourse and Dialogue
Sydney, July 15-16, 2006

Continuing with a series of successful workshops in Hong Kong, Aalborg, Philadelphia, Sapporo and Lisboa this workshop spans the ACL and ISCA SIGdial interest area of discourse and dialogue. This series provides a regular forum for the presentation of research in this area to both the larger SIGdial community as well as researchers outside this community. The workshop is organized by SIGdial, which is sponsored jointly by ACL and ISCA.

Topics of Interest

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

Submission of Papers and Abstracts

The program committee welcomes the submission of long papers for full plenary presentation as well as short papers and demonstrations. Short papers and demo descriptions will be featured in short plenary presentations, followed by posters and demonstrations.

Please use the official COLING/ACL style files.

Submission/Reviewing will be managed by the START system. To submit a paper, please follow this link.

Papers that have been or will be submitted to other meetings or publications must provide this information (see submission format). SIGdial 06 cannot accept for publication or presentation work that will be (or has been) published elsewhere.

Authors are encouraged to make illustrative materials available, on the web or otherwise. For example, excerpts of recorded conversations, recordings of human-computer dialogues, interfaces to working systems, etc.

Important Dates (subject to change)

Submission March 13, 2006
Notification April 24, 2006
Final submissions May 29, 2006
Workshop July 15-16, 2006


Workshop website:
Sigdial website:
COLING/ACL website:
Submission website:



Program Committee

Jan Alexandersson, DFKI GmbH, Germany (co-chair)
Alistair Knott, Otago University, New Zealand (co-chair)
André Berton, DaimlerChrysler AG Germany
Masahiro Araki, Kyoto Institute of Technology
Ellen Bard, University of Edinburgh
Johan Bos, La Sapienza
Johan Boye, Telia Research Sweden
Sandra Carberry, University of Delaware
Rolf Carlson, KTH Sweden
Jennifer Chu-Carroll, IBM Research
Mark Core, University of Edinburgh
Laila Dybkjaer, University of Southern Denmark
Sadaoki Furui, Tokyo Institute of Technology Japan
Iryna Gurevych, EML Germany
Joakim Gustafson, Teliasonera Sweden
Masato Ishizaki, University of Tokyo Japan
Michael Johnston, AT&T Research USA
Arne Jönsson, Linköping University Sweden
Staffan Larsson, Göteborg University
Ramón López-Cózar Delgado, University of Granada Spain
Susann Luperfoy, Stottler Henke Associates USA
Michael McTear, University of Ulster
Wolfgang Minker, Ulm
Sharon Oviatt, Oregon Health and Sciences University
Tim Paek, Microsoft Research USA
Norbert Pfleger, DFKI GmbH Germany
Roberto Pieraccini, Tell-Eureka USA
Massimo Poesio, University of Essex UK
Norbert Reithinger, DFKI GmbH Germany
Alex Rudnicky, Carnegie Mellon University
David Schlangen, University of Potsdam
Candy Sidner, Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL) USA
Ronnie Smith, East Carolina University
Matthew Stone, Rutgers University
Marc Swerts, Tilburg University The Netherlands
David Traum, USC/ICT USA
Bonnie Webber, University of Edinburgh UK
Janyce Wiebe, University of Pittsburgh
Ingrid Zukerman, Monash University Australia
Dirk Bühler, University of Ulm Germany
Laurent Romary, LORIA France
Jonathan Ginzburg, UK