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FeedbackBehaviors 2012 : The Interdisciplinary Workshop on Feedback Behaviors in Dialog


When Sep 7, 2012 - Sep 8, 2012
Where Portland, Oregon
Submission Deadline May 31, 2012
Notification Due Jun 20, 2012
Categories    NLP   dialogue

Call For Papers

The Interdisciplinary Workshop on Feedback Behaviors in Dialog will be held September 7-8, 2012.

Feedback skills are important for people (or machines) wishing to be able to function as supportive, cooperative listeners. The production and comprehension of back-channels and related phenomena, including response tokens, reactive tokens, minimal responses, continuers and acknowledgments, are also of scientific interest, as possibly the most accessible example of the real-time responsiveness that underpins many successful interpersonal interactions. This workshop will provide a venue for an interdisciplinary examination of these phenomena and feedback behaviors in dialog.

The scope of the workshop includes all topics related to feedback in dialog:

- phonetic, prosodic and multi-modal properties of back-channels and related phenomena
- cues for feedback and contexts of feedback
- language-specific findings and cross-cultural comparisons
- dimensions of variation in feedback behavior among speakers
- other empirical results about back-channels and related phenomena
- innovative or more efficient research methods
- possible standard evaluation metrics for models of feedback behavior
- applications, including for virtual agents and robots, for behavior analysis, for second-language education and communication training, for voice user interfaces and so on
- implications of findings about feedback, including for models of dialog, action timing, adaptation, social cognition, mutual influence, cognitive and language processes, coordination, and interpersonal interaction
- identification of unresolved research questions about feedback in dialog
- other related topics

Potential participants should submit one of the following:

- a paper presenting original research (2 to 4 pages)
- a description of a system to demonstrate at the workshop (1 to 4 pages)
- a position statement on needs or directions for future work (1 to 2 pages)
- a statement of interest, including for example a biographical sketch, abstracts of and links to previously published work, and/or a few questions or issues suggested for discussion at the workshop

Papers, system descriptions, and position statements should be in Interspeech format. Submissions may be sent to

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