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BDCA 2023 : 1st Workshop on Biased Data in Conversational Agents


When Sep 18, 2023 - Sep 22, 2023
Where Turin, Italy
Submission Deadline Jun 12, 2023
Notification Due Jul 12, 2023
Categories    conversational agents   biased data   NLP

Call For Papers

1st Workshop on Biased Data in Conversational Agents
Co-located with ECML PKDD International Conference
Turin (Italy) 28-22 September 2023


Conversational Agents (CA) are now widely prevalent, found in various aspects of our daily interactions, including computers (e.g., Cortana), smartphones (e.g., Siri), homes, and websites. These systems may be rule-based or statistical-based machine learning models, and in the latter case, CAs are trained on conversation corpora that are either gathered in real-life settings or created using the Wizard-Of-Oz method. When the corpora are gathered from real-life sources like online platforms such as Reddit, the large variety of data ensures generalization in the CA responses, but it may introduce implicit or explicit biases related to racial, sexual, political, or gender matters. The presence of such biases in the data poses a challenge to the construction of CAs, as it may amplify the potential risks that biases pose to society. Therefore, it is crucial to ensure that CAs exhibit responsible and safe behavior in their interactions with users.

Workshop Objectives

The aim of this workshop is to address the challenges posed by biased data in both Machine Learning and society. We invite researchers to compare different chatbots/corpora on sexual, political, racist, or gender topics; study methods to create or mitigate bias during the construction of datasets; define approaches to assess and/or remove bias present in the corpora; or handle bias at the chatbot level through NLP or Machine Learning techniques.

We also welcome submissions that take a theoretical approach to addressing the issue of bias in CAs, without necessarily involving the creation of a corpus, implementation of an agent, or exploration of Machine Learning techniques.

Topics of Interests

The workshop solicits contributions including but not limited to the following topics

Comparison and Evaluation of Corpora/Conversational Agents on biased data
Assessing and mitigating biased data in corpora
Personalized NLP and Information Retrieval
Sexist, Racist, Political and Gender Dictionary and Ontology
NLP and Machine Learning methods to recognize and handle biased data
Impact of biased data on Conversational Agents
Topic recognition and repair strategies in biased conversations
Mental Models for biased data
Corpora creation and corpora annotation (automatic methods are accepted)

Submission Instructions

Authors are invited to submit original, previously unpublished research papers.
We encourage the submission of:

extended abstracts: 2 pages,
short papers: between 5 to 7 pages,
regular papers: between 8 to 14 pages.
The space for references is unlimited.
Abstracts and papers must be written in English and formatted according to the Springer LNCS guidelines. Author instructions, style files, and the copyright form can be downloaded here. All papers must be converted to PDF prior to electronic submission.

All papers need to be ‘best-effort’ anonymized. We strongly encourage making code and data available anonymously (e.g., in an anonymous GitHub repository via Anonymous GitHub or in a Dropbox folder). The authors may have a (non-anonymous) pre-print published online, but it should not be cited in the submitted paper to preserve anonymity. Reviewers will be asked not to search for them.

At least one author of each accepted paper must have a full registration and be in-presence to present the paper. Papers without a full registration or in-presence presentation won't be included in the post-workshop Springer proceedings.

Select: Biased Data in Conversational Agents

Important Dates
Paper Submission Deadline: 12 June 2023
Paper Author Notification: 12 July 2023
Paper Camera Ready: TBA
Invited Speakers

Organizing Committee
Francesca Grasso
University of Turin, Italy

Giovanni Siragusa
University of Turin, Italy

Program Committee Members
Federica Cena - University of Turin, Italy
Luigi Di Caro - University of Turin, Italy
Shohreh Haddadan - Zortify, Luxembourg
Davide Liga - University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Alessandro Mazzei - University of Turin, Italy
Livio Robaldo - Swansea University, Wales
Kolawole Adebayo - Adapt Center, Ireland
Marco Viviani - University of Milan - Bicocca, Italy

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