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AISB event Bulletin Item



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The seventh IJCAI workshop on "Knowledge and Reasoning in Practical
Dialogue Systems" will focus on challenges arising when implementing
(conversational) dialogue systems for different types of users, such as
elderly people and people with special needs. Topics addressed in the
workshop include, but are not limited to, the following, focusing on
the challenges offered by these novel applications:


- What are the requirements on dialogue systems or conversational dialogue
  systems for different types of people, e.g., people with special needs?

- How can we overcome the problems arising for different types of people
  when they are talking with devices? For example, elderly people interact
  with devices differently from young people.
- How can we implement dialogue systems in such a way that the target users
  can also interact with their surroundings?

Technology & Tools:

- How can authoring tools for dialogue systems be developed such that
  application designers who are not experts in natural language can make
  use of these systems?

- How can systems be designed to support users with different abilities
  and ensure universal access?

- What are the best ways of representing language resources for dialogue

- What is the role of ontologies in dialogue systems?


- How can one easily adapt a dialogue system to a new application or user?

- What methods are best suited for design and development of dialogue systems?

- What are the extra constraints and resources of a dialogue system for the
  target users that might not be present in a speech or text only dialogue
  system or even traditional multi-modal interfaces?

- What are the most appropriate ways to evaluate dialogue systems for
  different types of users: what to evaluate and how. How do these systems
  differ from generic systems?

Other related topics:

- Techniques and algorithms for adaptivity in dialogue systems on various
  levels, e.g., interpretation, dialogue strategy, and generation.

- Robustness and how to handle unpredictability.

- Architectures and frameworks for adaptive dialogue systems.

- Architecture-specific requirements and development methods. 

This is the seventh workshop on Knowledge and Reasoning in Practical
Dialogue Systems. The first workshop was organised at IJCAI-99 in
Stockholm, the second workshop took place at IJCAI-2001 in Seattle,
the third workshop was held at IJCAI-2003 in Acapulco, the fourth was
held at IJCAI-2005 in Edinburgh, the fifth at IJCAI-2007 in Hyderabad,
and the sixth at IJCAI-2009 in Pasadena.


Who should attend

This workshop aims at bringing together researchers and practitioners that
work on the development of communication models that support robust and
efficient interaction in natural language, both for commercial dialogue
systems and in basic research.

It should be of interest also for anyone studying dialogue and
multimodal interfaces for different classes of users. The proposed
workshop emphasizes practical research, e.g., empirical evaluations
of usability, formalization of dialogue phenomena, and development of
intelligent interfaces for various applications, including areas such
as robotics.  As with the previous workshops in the series, we expect to
benefit from informal, high quality interaction between those interested
and involved in developing practical dialogue systems, including sharing
of techniques and experiences. Additionally, the theme of different
user-types is expected to draw on people from User Modeling and assistive
technologies communities. While there has been a fair amount of recent
work in the intersection of these areas, to our knowledge, there has
not been a workshop on combining these interest areas to allow sharing
of experiences and results in this emerging area.


Workshop format

The workshop will be kept small, a one day workshop with a maximum of 40
participants. Preference will be given to active participants selected
on the basis of their submitted papers.

Each paper will be given ample time for discussion, more than what is
customary at a conference. We also encourage contributions of a critical
or comparative nature that provide fuel for discussion. We also invite
people to share their experiences of implementing and coordinating
knowledge modules in their dialogue systems, and integrating dialogue
components with other applications.


Important Dates
  * Submission of contributions to workshop:	March 14, 2011
  * Notification of acceptance: 		April 25, 2011
  * Deadline for final camera ready copy	May 16, 2011 
  * Workshop date:		 		July 17, 2011


Submission Instructions

Potential participants are invited to submit papers on the topics
outlined above. Submissions may be of the following types:

 * Regular Papers papers of length 6-12 pages, for regular presentation
 * Short Papers with brief results, or position papers, of length up to 6.

Papers should include authors names and affiliation and full references (not
anonymous submission). All papers should be formatted according to the
AAAI formats:

Papers should be submitted by web by registering at the following


Organizing Committee

Jan Alexandersson (Chair)
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, DFKI GmbH
Stuhlsatzenhausweg 3
D-66 123 Saarbruecken
tel: +49-681-85775 5347
fax: +49-681-85775 5341

Arne Jönsson (Co-Chair)
Department of Computer and Information Science
Linköping University
S-581 83 Linköping, Sweden
tel: +46 13 281717
fax: +46 13 142231

David Traum (Co-Chair)
Institute for Creative Technologies
University of Southern California
12015 Waterfront Drive   
Playa Vista, CA 90094    USA
tel: +1 (310) 574-5729
fax: +1 (310) 574-5725

Ingrid Zukerman (Co-Chair)
Faculty of Information Technology
Monash University
Clayton, Victoria 3800, Australia
tel: +61 3 9905-5202
fax: +61 3 9905-5159


Programme committee

* Dan Bohus, USA 
* Johan Bos, Italy 
* Sandra Carberry, USA 
* Maxine Eskenazi, USA
* Kallirroi Georgila, USA 
* Nancy Green, USA
* Phil Green, UK
* Joakim Gustafson, Sweden 
* Kazunori Komatani, Japan 
* Peter Ljunglöv, Sweden
* Kathleen McCoy, USA
* Wolfgang Minker, Germany
* Mikio Nakano, Japan
* Antti Oulasvirta, Finland
* Olivier Pietquin, France
* Ehud Reiter, UK
* Norbert Reithinger, Germany
* Amanda Stent, USA 
* Jason Williams, USA