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LINGUIST List 21.1792

Tue Apr 13 2010

Calls: Comp. Ling, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis, Semantics/Japan

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        1.    Raquel Fernandez, 11th Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue

Message 1: 11th Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue
Date: 12-Apr-2010
From: Raquel Fernandez <raquel.fernandezuva.nl>
Subject: 11th Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue
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Full Title: 11th Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and
Short Title: SIGDIAL 2010

Date: 24-Sep-2010 - 25-Sep-2010
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Contact Person: Raquel Fernandez
Meeting Email: raquel.fernandezuva.nl
Web Site: http://www.sigdial.org/workshops/workshop11

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics;
Semantics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 07-May-2010

Meeting Description:

SIGDIAL 2010 Conference
11th Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue

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

Call for Papers

Submission Deadline: May 7, 2010

Please note the change to the demonstration submissions, and also
SIGIDIAL'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.

Topics of Interest
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:

- Discourse structure, temporal structure, information structure;
- Discourse markers, cues and particles and their use; (Co-)Reference and
anaphora resolution, metonymy and bridging resolution;
- Subjectivity, opinions and semantic orientation.

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

- Dialogue management models;
- Speech and gesture, text and graphics integration;
- Strategies for preventing, detecting or handling miscommunication (repair
and correction types, clarification and under-specificity, grounding and
feedback strategies);
- Utilizing prosodic information for understanding and for disambiguation.

2. Corpora, Tools and Methodology

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

- Annotation tools and coding schemes; Data resources for discourse and
dialogue studies;
- Corpus-based techniques and analysis (including machine learning);
- Evaluation of systems and components, including methodology, metrics and
case studies.

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 semantics/pragmatics of dialogue acts (including those which are less
studied in the semantics/pragmatics framework);
- Models of discourse/dialogue structure and their relation to referential
and relational structure;
- Prosody in discourse and dialogue;
- Models of presupposition and accommodation; operational models of
conversational implicature.

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

- Long papers will be presented in full plenary presentations. They must be
no longer than 8 pages, including title, examples, references, etc. In
addition to this, two additional pages are allowed as an appendix which may
include extended example discourses or dialogues, algorithms, graphical
representations, etc.

- Short papers will be featured in short plenary presentations, followed by
posters. They should be 4 pages or less (including title, examples,
references, etc.).

- This year demonstrations will be presented in special sessions, separated
from short paper presentations and poster sessions. Demo descriptions will
appear in a dedicated section of the proceedings and should be 4 pages or
less (including title, examples, references, etc.).

Please use the official ACL style files:

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. Any questions regarding submissions can be
sent to the General Co-Chairs.

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.

New Initiative: Mentoring

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 prepare their submissions for
publication. Any questions about this initiative can be addressed to Jason
Williams (jdwresearch.att.com).

Best Paper Awards
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.

Important Dates
Submission: May 7, 2010
Notification of acceptance: June 30, 2010
Final submission: July 30, 2010
Conference: September 24-25, 2010

Conference website: http://www.sigdial.org/workshops/workshop11
SIGdial organization website: http://www.sigdial.org
Interspeech 2010 website: http://www.interspeech2010.org

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

General Co-Chairs
Yasuhiro Katagiri (Future University - Hakodate): katagirifun.ac.jp
Mikio Nakano (Honda Research Institute Japan): mnakanoacm.org

Technical Program Co-Chairs
Raquel Fernandez (University of Amsterdam): raquel.fernandezuva.nl
Oliver Lemon (Heriot Watt University): olemongmail.com

Local Chair
Masato Ishizaki (University of Tokyo): masato.ishizakigmail.com

Sigdial President
Tim Paek (Microsoft Research): timpaekmicrosoft.com

Sigdial Vice President
Amanda Stent (AT&T Labs - Research): amanda.stentgmail.com

Kristiina Jokinen (University of Helsinki):

Technical Program Committee
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 Tech. 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

Local Organizing Committee
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
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