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When Jul 1, 2009 - Jul 1, 2009
Where Pasadena, CA, USA
Submission Deadline Mar 9, 2009
Notification Due Apr 17, 2009
Final Version Due May 8, 2009
Categories    NLP

Call For Papers


Extended deadline: March 9, GMT 12.00, 2009

The sixth IJCAI workshop on "Knowledge and Reasoning in Practical
Dialogue Systems" will focus on challenges of novel applications of
practical dialogue systems. The venue for IJCAI 2009 is Pasadena
Conference Center, California, USA.
Topics addressed in the workshop include, but are not limited to the
following, particularly focusing on the challenges offered by these
novel applications:

* What kinds of novel applications have a need for natural
language dialogue interaction?
* 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 one easily adapt a dialogue system to a new application?
* Methods for design and development of dialogue systems.
* What are the extra constraints and resources of a dialogue
system for these novel applications, that might not be present in a
speech or text only dialogue system or even traditional multi-modal
* Representation of language resources for dialogue systems.
* The role of ontologies in dialogue systems
* Evaluation of dialogue systems, what to evaluate and how.
* 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.
* Requirements and methods for development related to the

This is the sixth IJCAI workshop on "Knowledge and Reasoning in
Practical Dialogue Systems". The first workshop was held at IJCAI in
Stockholm in 1999. The second workshop was held at IJCAI 2001 in
Seattle, with a focus on multimodal interfaces. The Third workshop was
held in Acapulco, in 2003, and focused on the role and use of
ontologies in multi-modal dialogue systems. The fourth workshop was
held in Edinburgh in 2005, and focused on adaptivity in dialogue
systems. The fifth workshop was held in Hyderabad, India, 2007 and
focused on dialogue systems for robots and virtual humans.
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 and how to coordinate different information
sources. This involves theoretical as well as practical research, e.g.
empirical evaluations of usability, formalization of dialogue
phenomena and development of intelligent interfaces for various
applications, including such areas as robotics.
Workshop format

The workshop will be kept small, 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. As said above, we 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 to other applications.
Important Dates

* Submission deadline: March 6, 2009 Extended deadline: March 9,
GMT 12.00, 2009
* Notification date: April 17, 2009
* Accepted paper submission deadline: May 8, 2009
* Workshop July, 2009

Papers may be any of the following types:

* Regular Papers papers of length 4-8 pages, for regular
* Short Papers with brief results, or position papers, of length
up to 4 pages for brief or panel presentation.
* Extended papers with extra details on system architecture,
background theory or data presentation, of up to 12 pages, for regular

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

Papers should be submitted by web by registering at the following
Organizing Committee

Arne Jönsson (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
13274 Fiji Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90405 USA
tel: +1 (310) 574-5729
fax: +1 (310) 574-5725

Jan Alexandersson (Co-Chair)
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, DFKI GmbH
Stuhlsatzenhausweg 3
D-66 123 Saarbrücken
tel: +49-681-3025347
fax: +49-681-3025341

Ingrid Zukerman (Co-Chair)
Faculty of Information Technolog
Monash University
Clayton, Victoria 3800, Australia
tel: +61 3 9905-5202
fax: +61 3 9905-5146
Programme committee
Dan Bohus, USA
Johan Bos, Italy
Sandra Carberry, USA
Kallirroi Georgila, USA
Genevieve Gorrell, UK
Joakim Gustafson, Sweden
Yasuhiro Katagiri, Japan
Ali Knott, New Zealand
Kazunori Komatani, Japan
Staffan Larsson, Sweden
Anton Nijholt, Netherlands
Tim Paek, USA
Antoine Raux, USA
Candace Sidner, USA
Amanda Stent, USA
Marilyn Walker, UK
Jason Williams, USA

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