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TEICAI 2024 : Towards Ethical and Inclusive Conversational AI: Language Attitudes, Linguistic Diversity, and Language Rights


When Mar 17, 2024 - Mar 22, 2024
Where Malta
Submission Deadline Dec 18, 2023
Notification Due Jan 20, 2024
Final Version Due Feb 7, 2024
Categories    NLP   computational linguistics   artificial intelligene

Call For Papers

Towards Ethical and Inclusive Conversational AI: Language Attitudes, Linguistic Diversity, and Language Rights (TEICAI)
at EACL 2024 in Malta-March 17-22 2024.

Workshop website:

Conversational language technologies (chatbots, voice assistants, and multimodal conversational interfaces) are becoming increasingly complex and common in everyday life. Various language theories (such as speech act theory, politeness theory, conversation analysis, and interaction theory) have started influencing their development. At the same time, the development of these technologies is often driven by technology-related concerns and tends to overlook users’ needs and socio-cultural contexts. This combined with the scarcity of human rights regulation of AI, raises concerns about linguistic discrimination, exclusion, surveillance, and security risks. In addition, training data for conversational AI mostly comes from written rather than interaction-based language data sets and often does not include gestural, social, and emotional aspects that are fundamental to human interaction. In the same vein, Sign Language is rarely facilitated. To promote a positive impact of conversational technology on linguistic diversity and inclusion, it is imperative to strike a balance between technological concerns and socially relevant matters.
Our workshop aims to address these issues by using a holistic approach that involves dialogue and collaboration among technologists, linguists, policymakers, and communities involved in the development and commissioning of conversational AI systems.

To foster dialogue towards a multidisciplinary approach to the development of conversational AI that can better serve diverse global audiences, we welcome submissions on a range of topics related to language ideologies and language rights, in relation to conversational language technology and AI (e.g. chatbots, voice assistants, multimodal conversational interfaces).

Possible topics may include:

- Language ideologies in conversational AI
- Language rights in conversational AI
- Socio-cultural context in conversational AI
- Language inclusion in training data for enhancing inclusivity
- Incorporating non-verbal communication elements (gestures, emotions) in AI
- Sign language and multimodal conversational AI
- Audience design in conversational AI (tailoring systems to meet specific audiences’ needs and preferences)
- The sense of human agency and identity while interacting with conversational AI
- Addressing challenges and opportunities of conversational AI development (case studies, models of effective collaborations)
- Linguistic discrimination in conversational AI
- Perspectives of communities affected by conversational AI systems: needs, concerns, and expectations

We invite authors to submit original, unpublished work (long, short, and position papers). Each submission will be reviewed by 2-3 members of the Programme Committee. Participants should format their submissions using the EACL template, available for LaTeX/Overleaf and all submissions must be in PDF format. All accepted papers (long, short, and position papers) will be included in the workshop proceedings. The submission is through the SoftConf platform, and the platform link will be shared once it's available. The proceedings will be published in the ACL anthology.

Important dates:
First call for workshop papers: October 20, 2023
Second call for workshop papers: November 15, 2023
Third call for workshop papers: December 11, 2023
Workshop paper due: December 18, 2023
Direct Submission deadline (pre-reviewed ARR & main conference): January 17, 2024
Notification of acceptance: January 20, 2024
Camera-ready papers due: January 30, 2024
Proceedings due: February 7, 2024
Workshop dates: March 21-22, 2024

Sviatlana Höhn, LuxAI, Luxembourg
Nina Hosseini-Kivanani, Faculty of Science, Technology and Medicine (FSTM), University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Dimitra Anastasiou, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, Luxembourg
Angela Soltan, State University of Moldova, Moldova
Bettina Migge, University College Dublin, Ireland
Doris Dippold, University of Surrey, UK
Ekaterina Kamlovskaya, Translatables

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