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Calls: Computational Ling, Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics/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: 11-Jan-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

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

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
- 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
- Corpus-based techniques and analysis (including machine learning);
- Evaluation of systems and components, including methodology, metrics and case

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 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.

- Long papers 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 and demo descriptions 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.

Best Paper Awards
In order to recognize significant advancements in dialog and discourse
science and technology, SIGDIAL will again recognize a Best Paper Awards 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 (subject to change)
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
Submission link: To be announced
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

Sigdial Secretary/Treasurer
Kristiina Jokinen (University of Helsinki):
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