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Confs: Human Computer Conversation, Bellagio Workshop

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  1. Yorick Wilks, Bellagio Workshop on Human Computer Conversation, Italy

Message 1: Bellagio Workshop on Human Computer Conversation, Italy

Date: Tue, 16 May 2000 14:07:17 +0100 (BST)
From: Yorick Wilks <>
Subject: Bellagio Workshop on Human Computer Conversation, Italy

Dear Colleague:

Below is the draft program for the Third International Workshop on
Human Computer Conversation at Bellagio. It will be on the web along
with all other hotel and registration information, at:

We can still accept a few more registrations for the Workshop, but
hotel accormodation is getting short and (non-invited) speakers and
attendees should hurry. Below the program is a set of fax numbers for
Bellagio hotels, a somewhat wider selection is given than the original
set on the website. Fax is the normal way to book hotels in Italy, and
it may be worth noting that there are always cancellations of early
bookings a month ahead of given dates, so it may well be worth faxing
a repeat request to a hotel of your choice on 1st or 2nd of June.


Monday 3rd July, 2000

Morning session

1000 Registration and Coffee.
1020 Welcome to HCCW3.
1030 Invited Talk: Some findings on the grammar of English
	 Conversation. Geoffrey Leech (University of Lancaster, UK).
1110 Invited Talk: Conversing with Stochastic Language Models.
 Jason Hutchens (UWA, AUS).

 Track I Submitted Papers:

1200 The Infant Conversational System.
 Paul Bucheit (Harold Washington College, US)
1230 Grammars with Genetic Algorithms (The Sex Life of Grammars).
 Marc Blasband (Compuleer, NL)

 Track II Submitted Papers:

1200 Verbal and nonverbal discourse planning.
 Catherine Pelachaud (Universita di Roma "La Sapienza", IT)
1230 A Fundamental Architecture To Integrate Conversation Management
 Engines with Conversation Development and Evaluation Tools.
 Emmett J. Coin (ejTalk Research, US)

Evening Session

 Track I Submitted Papers:

1800 Non-problems and social obligations in human-computer
 conversation. Harry Bunt (Tilburg University, NL)
1830 In the beginning was the "END": Evaluation of Natural Dialogues
 as a step towards improving artificial ones.
 Jean-Baptiste Berthelin (CNRS-LIMSI, FR)

 Track II Submitted Papers:

1800 Rule-Based Dialogue Management Systems.
 Nick Webb (University of Sheffield, UK)
1830 The role of robust semantic analysis in spoken language
 dialogue systems. 
 Vincenzo Pallotta (MEDIA Research Group-DI-LITH, CH)
1900 Animated Conversational Agents in E-Commerce Enterprises.
 Helen McBreen (University of Edinburgh, UK)

Tuesday 4th July, 2000

Morning Session

0930 Invited Talk: Dialogs: The Next Generation User Interface.
 Bruno Alabiso (Microsoft, US).
1010 Invited Talk: Experiences from the Verbmobil Project.
 Norbert Reithinger (DFKI, DE).


 Track I Submitted Papers:

1100 Information States, Obligations and Intentional Structure in
 Dialogue Modelling.
 Colin Matheson (University of Edinburgh, UK)
1130 Characteristics of Acceptance Utterances in Reaction to Answers
 to Questions and their Relations to Dialog Strategies.
 Akira Shimazu (Japan Advanced Institute of Science and
 Technology, JP)
1200 Question Accommodation and Information States in Dialogue.
 Staffan Larsson (Gothenburg University, SE)
1230 Context and Content in Dialogue Systems.
 Guenther Goerz, Bernd Ludwig and Martin Klarner 
 (University of Erlangen-N|renberg, DE)

 Track II Submitted Papers:

1100 What Makes Speakers Angry in Human-Computer Conversation.
 Kerstin Fischer (University of Hamburg, DE)
1130 A Flexible Spoken Dialogue Manager.
 Eli Hagen (Simon Fraser University, CAN)
1200 Taking Turns Talking About Text In A Reading Tutor That
 Listens. Gregory Aist (LTI, CMU, US)
1230 DMML: An XML Language for Interacting with Multi-modal Dialog
 Systems. Nicolas Nicolov (IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, US)

Evening Sessions in parallel

1800 Panel: What if any, is the role of politeness in dialogue
 (Chair: Yorick Wilks) Geoffrey Leech, 
 other participants to be announced.

1800 Demonstration session

Wednesday 5th July, 2000

Morning Session

0930 Invited Talk: Title to be announced.
 David Traum (University of Maryland, US).
1010 Invited Talk: The Dialogue Game: designing task-oriented
 spontaneous interaction systems for automated call centers.
 Tomek Strzalkowski (General Electric Research Lab., US).

 Track I Submitted Papers:

1130 Task-Oriented Dialogues.
 Sergei Nirenburg and Jim Cowie (New Mexico State University, US)
1200 Bayesian Selection of Conversational Responses.
 Gene Ball (Microsoft, US)
1230 Politeness as Actions of an Implicit Task.
 David Novick (University of Texas at El Paso, US)

 Track II Submitted Papers:

1130 The Virtual Presenter: a Conversational Character for
	 Interactive TV. Marc Cavazza (University of Teeside, UK)
1200 AutoTutor's Conversational Behaviors.
 Natalie Person (Rhodes College, US)
1230 "Kairai" - Software Robots Understanding Natural Language.
 Yusuke Shinyama (Tokyo Institute of Technology, JP)

Evening Session

1700 Panel: Is there a real gulf between theoretical models of
 dialogue and implementations and, if so, is this a healthy 
 state of affairs?
 (Chair: Yorick Wilks) Participants to be announced.


5* Hotels - Bellagio

Villa Serbelloni - Fax: +39 031 951529

3* Hotels - Bellagio

Belvedere - Fax +39 031 950102
Du Lac - Fax +39 031 951624
Excelsior Splendido - Fax +39 031 951224
Florence - Fax +39 031 951722
Nuovo Hotel Metropole - Fax +39 031 951534

2* Hotels - Bellagio

Europa - Fax. +39 031 950471
Fioroni - Fax. +39 031 951970
Il Perlo Panorama - Fax +39 031 951556
Nuovo Miralago - Tel. +39 031 951355
Silvio - Fax. +39 031 950912

1* Hotels - Bellagio

Genzianella - Fax. +39 031 964734
Giardinetto - Fax. +39 031 950168
La Pergola - Fax. +39 031 950263
Roma - Fax. +39 031 951966
Suisse - Fax. +39 031 951775

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