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19th Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue
Event in series SIGDIAL
Dates 2018/07/12 (iCal) - 2018/07/14
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Important dates
Submissions: 2018/03/11
Accepted short papers: 12
Papers: Submitted 111 / Accepted 52 (46.8 %)
Organizers: Lawrence Cavedon
General chairs: Kazunori Komatani
PC chairs: Diane Litman, Kai Yu
Keynote speaker: Mari Ostendorf, Ingrid Zukerman, Milica Gasic
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SIGDIAL 2018 Melbourne, Australia July 12-14, 2018

In cooperation with:

We are excited to welcome you to this year’s SIGdial Conference, the 19th Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue. We are pleased to hold the conference in Melbourne, Australia, on July 12-14th, in close proximity to both ACL 2018 (the 56th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics) and YRRSDS 2018 (the 14th Young Researchers’ Roundtable on Spoken Dialogue Systems).

The SIGdial conference remains a premier publication venue for research in discourse and dialogue. This year, the program includes 3 keynote talks, 5 oral presentation sessions, 3 poster sessions including 1 demo session, and a special session entitled “Physically Situated Dialogue.”


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

  • Discourse Processing

Rhetorical and coherence relations, discourse parsing and discourse connectives. Reference resolution. Event representation and causality in narrative. Argument mining. Quality and style in text. Cross-lingual discourse analysis. Discourse issues in applications such as machine translation, text summarization, essay grading, question answering, and information retrieval.

  • Dialogue Systems

Open domain, task oriented dialogue and chat systems. Knowledge graphs and dialogue. Dialogue state tracking and policy learning. Social and emotional intelligence. Dialogue issues in virtual reality and human-robot interaction. Entrainment, alignment and priming. Generation for dialogue. Style, voice, and personality. Spoken, multi-modal, embedded, situated, and text/web based dialogue systems, their components, evaluation and applications.

  • Corpora, Tools and Methodology

Corpus-based and experimental work on discourse and dialogue, including supporting topics such as annotation tools and schemes, crowdsourcing, evaluation methodology and corpora.

  • Pragmatic and/or Semantic Modeling

The pragmatics and/or semantics of discourse and dialogue (i.e. beyond a single sentence).

  • Applications of Dialogue and Discourse Processing Technology

Important Dates

  • Special Session Proposal Deadline: 14 January 2018
  • Special Session Notification 26 January 2018
  • Long, Short and Demonstration Paper Submission Deadline: 11 March 2018 (23:59, GMT-11)
  • Long, Short and Demonstration Final PDF Submission 18 March 2018 (23:59, GMT-11)
  • Long, Short and Demonstration Paper Notification: 20 April 2018
  • Final Paper Submission Deadline: 13 May 2018 (23:59, GMT-11)
  • Early Registration Deadline: 20 May June 4 2018
  • Late Registration Deadline: July 6 2018
  • Conference: Thursday, 12 July 2018 to Saturday, 14 July 2018


General Chair

  • Kazunori Komatani, Osaka University, Japan

Program Chairs

  • Diane Litman, University of Pittsburgh, USA
  • Kai Yu, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), China

Local Chair

  • Lawrence Cavedon, RMIT University, Australia

Sponsorship Chair

  • Mikio Nakano, Honda Research Institute Japan, Japan

Mentoring Chair

  • Alex Papangelis, Toshiba Research, UK

SIGdial President

  • Jason Williams, Apple, USA

SIGdial Vice President

  • Kallirroi Georgila, University of Southern California, USA

SIGdial Secretary

  • Vikram Ramanarayanan, Educational Testing Service (ETS) Research, USA

SIGdial Treasurer

  • Ethan Selfridge, Interactions, USA

SIGdial President Emeritus

  • Amanda Stent, Bloomberg, USA