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AISB event Bulletin Item

2nd CALL FOR PAPERS: "Knowledge and Reasoning in Practical Dialogue Systems", 16-22 July 2011, SPAIN

http://www.ida.liu.se/~arnjo/KRPDS11
Contact: Jan Alexandersson, janal@dfki.de

7th IJCAI workshop on "Knowledge and Reasoning in Practical Dialogue Systems", Barcelona, Spain

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:

Users/Scenarios:

- 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
  systems?

- What is the role of ontologies in dialogue systems?

Methodology

- 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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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: http://www.aaai.org/Publications/Author/author.php

Papers should be submitted by web by registering at the following
address:
http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=krpd11

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Organizing Committee

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

Arne Jnsson (Co-Chair)
Department of Computer and Information Science Linköping University
S-581 83 Linkping, Sweden
tel: +46 13 281717
fax: +46 13 142231
email: arnjo@ida.liu.se

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
email: traum@ict.usc.edu

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

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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 Ljunglv, 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