LINGUIST List 28.1376

Mon Mar 20 2017

Calls: Computational Linguistics/Germany

Editor for this issue: Kenneth Steimel <>

Date: 17-Mar-2017
From: Amanda Stent <>
Subject: 18th Annual SIGdial Meeting on Discourse and Dialogue
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Full Title: 18th Annual SIGdial Meeting on Discourse and Dialogue
Short Title: SIGDIAL 2017

Date: 15-Aug-2017 - 17-Aug-2017
Location: Saarbrücken, Germany
Contact Person: Annie Louis
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 18-Apr-2017

Meeting Description:

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 seventeen successful previous meetings, this conference spans the research interest areas 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 2017 will be co-located with SemDial 2017, the 21st Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue. SIGDIAL and SemDial will run concurrently on August 15-17 and will share a joint special session. SIGDIAL will occur immediately after the Young Researchers' Roundtable on Spoken Dialog Systems (YRRSDS 2017) on August 13-14 in Saarbrücken, and will precede Interspeech 2017 on August 20-24 in Stockholm, Sweden.

2nd Call for Papers:

SIGDIAL/SEMDIAL 2017 Joint Special Session on Negotiation Dialog
Papers due April 18 (for SIGDIAL) or May 8 (for SEMDIAL and position papers)


Most of the work to date on spoken dialog systems has focused on task-oriented dialog, where the goal of the system is to help the user complete a task, such as finding and booking a flight, a restaurant or a hotel. However there has been less effort on dialog interactions where the dialog partners have individual, perhaps private, and potentially conflicting, task and social goals. We call dialogs with these properties negotiation dialogs. In these types of dialogs, the conversation typically revolves around abstract objects representing the conversants’ opinions, thoughts, needs or desires, rather than concrete entities that can be easily represented as frames and slots. Negotiation dialogs show one or more of the following characteristics that makes them distinct from traditional dialogs:

- Exchange of ideas/opinions in response to a topic(s)
- Present or withhold information that may potentially lead to speaker’s task success
- Convince the interlocutor to achieve common ground; alternatively perpetual disagreement
- Show positive or negative attitudes towards audience during the exchange e.g., flamewars, snarky comments, insults, witty remarks at the other’s expense
- Deliberate digression from the topic or obfuscation of one’s own or other’s proposals, claims or arguments

Our objectives in this special session are two-fold: first, to encourage discussion among researchers working on or interested in working negotiation dialog; and second, to set the stage and establish a planning committee for a 2018 shared task on negotiation dialog.

We welcome regular paper and position paper submissions on any aspect of negotiation dialog. For more information and updates please check out the special session website at

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