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SIGDIAL 2020 : 21st Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue


When Jul 1, 2020 - Jul 3, 2020
Where Boise, Idaho, USA
Submission Deadline Mar 6, 2020
Notification Due Apr 26, 2020
Final Version Due May 11, 2020
Categories    NLP

Call For Papers

July 1-3, 2020

The 21st Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and
Dialogue (SIGDIAL 2020) will be held on July 1-3, 2020 at the Jack’s Urban
Meeting Place (JUMP) in Boise, Idaho, USA.

SIGDIAL will be temporally co-located with ACL 2020, which will be held on
July 5-10 in Seattle, Washington, USA (

The SIGDIAL venue provides a regular forum for the presentation of cutting
edge research in discourse and dialogue to both academic and industry
researchers. Continuing a series of nineteen successful previous meetings,
this conference spans the research interest areas of discourse and
dialogue. The conference is sponsored by the SIGdial organization, which
serves as the Special Interest Group in discourse and dialogue for both ACL
and ISCA.

Multiple Submission Policy: SIGDIAL no longer accepts papers that have been
or will be submitted to other meetings or publications.

We welcome formal, corpus-based, implementation, experimental, or analytical
work on discourse and dialogue including, but not restricted to, the
following themes:

- Discourse Processing: Rhetorical and coherence relations, discourse
parsing and discourse connectives. Reference resolution. Event
representation and causality in narrative. Argument mining. Quality and
style in text. Cross-lingual discourse analysis. Discourse issues in
applications such as machine translation, text summarization, essay
grading, question answering and information retrieval.

- Dialogue Systems: Open domain, task oriented dialogue and chat systems.
Knowledge graphs and dialogue. Dialogue state tracking and policy
learning. Social and emotional intelligence. Dialogue issues in virtual
reality and human-robot interaction. Entrainment, alignment and priming.
Generation for dialogue. Style, voice, and personality. Spoken,
multi-modal, embedded, situated, and text/web based dialogue systems,
their components, evaluation and applications.

- Corpora, Tools and Methodology: Corpus-based and experimental work on
discourse and dialogue, including supporting topics such as annotation
tools and schemes, crowdsourcing, evaluation methodology and corpora.

- Pragmatic and/or Semantic Modeling: Pragmatics or semantics of discourse
and dialogue (i.e., beyond a single sentence).

- Applications of Dialogue and Discourse Processing Technology

Long, Short & Demonstration Paper Submission: March 6, 2020
Long, Short & Demonstration Paper Notification: April 26, 2020
Final Paper Submission: May 11, 2020
Conference: 1-3 July, 2020

The program committee welcomes the submission of long papers, short papers
and demo descriptions. Papers submitted as long papers may be accepted as
long papers for oral presentation or long papers for poster
presentation. Accepted short papers will be presented as posters.

- Long paper submissions must describe substantial, original, completed and
unpublished work. Wherever appropriate, concrete evaluation and analysis
should be included. Long papers must be no longer than 8 pages, including
title, text, figures and tables. An unlimited number of pages is allowed
for references. Two additional pages are allowed for appendices containing
sample discourses/dialogues and algorithms, and an extra page is allowed
in the final version to address reviewers’ comments.

- Short paper submissions must describe original and unpublished
work. Please note that a short paper is not a shortened long
paper. Instead short papers should have a point that can be made in a few
pages, such as a small, focused contribution; a negative results; or an
interesting application nugget. Short papers should be no longer than 4
pages including title, text, figures and tables. An unlimited number of
pages is allowed for references. One additional page is allowed for sample
discourses/dialogues and algorithms, and an extra page is allowed in the
final version to address reviewers’ comments.

- Demo descriptions should be no longer than four pages including title,
text, examples, figures, tables and references. A separate one-page
document should be provided to the program co-chairs for demo
descriptions, specifying furniture and equipment needed for the demo.

Authors are encouraged to also submit additional accompanying materials,
such as corpora (or corpus examples), demo code, videos and sound files.

Multiple Submissions
SIGDIAL 2020 cannot accept work for publication or presentation that will be
(or has been) published elsewhere and that have been or will be submitted to
other meetings or publications. Any questions regarding submissions can be
sent to program-chairs[at]

Blind Review
Building on previous year’s move to anonymous long and short paper
submissions, SIGDIAL 2020 will follow the ACL policies for preserving the
integrity of double blind review (see author guidelines). Unlike long and
short papers, demo descriptions will not be anonymous. Demo descriptions
should include the authors’ names and affiliations, and self-references are

Submission Format
All long, short, and demonstration submissions must follow the two-column
ACL format. Authors are expected to use the LaTeX or Microsoft Word style
template from the ACL conference. Submissions must conform to the official
ACL style guidelines, which are contained in these templates. Submissions
must be electronic, in PDF format.

As noted above, SIGDIAL 2020 is adopting the ACL guidelines for submission
and citation for long and short papers. Long and short papers that do not
conform to the following guidelines will be rejected without review.

Preserving Double Blind Review
The following rules and guidelines are meant to protect the integrity of the
double-blind reviewing process and ensure that submissions are reviewed
fairly. The rules make reference to the anonymity period, which runs from 1
month before the submission deadline up to the date when your paper is
either accepted, rejected or withdrawn.

- You may not make a non-anonymized version of your paper available online
to the general community (for example, via a preprint server) during the
anonymity period. By a version of a paper we understand another paper
having essentially the same scientific content but possibly differing in
minor details (including title and structure) or in length (e.g., an
abstract is a version of the paper that it summarizes).

- If you have posted a non-anonymized version of your paper online before
the start of the anonymity period, you may submit an anonymized version to
the conference. The submitted version must not refer to the non-anonymized
version, and you must inform the program chair(s) that a non-anonymized
version exists. You may not update the non-anonymized version during the
anonymity period, and we ask that you do not advertise it on social media
or take other actions that would further compromise double-blind reviewing
during the anonymity period.

- Note that, while you are not prohibited from making a non-anonymous
version available online before the start of the anonymity period, this
does make double-blind reviewing more difficult to maintain, and we
therefore encourage you to wait until the end of the anonymity period if

Citations and Comparison: If you are aware of previous research that appears
sound and is relevant to your work, you should cite it even if it has not
been peer-reviewed, and certainly if it influenced your own work. However,
refereed publications take priority over unpublished work reported in
preprints. Specifically:

You are expected to cite all refereed publications relevant to your
submission, but you may be excused for not knowing about unpublished
work (especially work that has been recently posted or is not widely
cited). In cases where a preprint has been superseded by a refereed
publication, the refereed publication should be cited in addition to or
instead of the preprint version.

Papers (whether refereed or not) appearing less than three months before the
submission deadline are considered contemporaneous to your submission, and
you are therefore not obliged to make detailed comparisons that require
additional experimentation or in-depth analysis.

Acceptable submissions that require language (English) or organizational
assistance will be flagged for mentoring, and accepted with a recommendation
to revise with the help of a mentor. An experienced mentor who has
previously published in the SIGDIAL venue will then help the authors of
these flagged papers prepare their submissions for publication.

In order to recognize significant advancements in dialogue/discourse science
and technology, SIGDIAL 2020 will include best paper awards. All papers at
the conference are eligible for the best paper awards. A selection committee
consisting of prominent researchers in the fields of interest will select
the recipients of the awards.

General Chair:
Olivier Pietquin, Google AI

Program Chairs:
Smaranda Muresan, Data Science Institute, Columbia University
Yun-Nung (Vivian) Chen, National Taiwan University

Local Chair:
Casey Kennington, Boise State University

Sponsorship Chair:
David Vandyke, University of Cambridge

Mentoring Chair:
Nina Dethlefs, University of Hull

Publication Chair:
Stefan Ultes, Daimler AG, Germany

SIGdial President:
Gabriel Skantze, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

SIGdial Vice President:
Mikio Nakano, Honda Research Institute Japan, Japan

SIGdial Secretary:
Vikram Ramanarayanan, Educational Testing Service (ETS) Research, USA

SIGdial Treasurer:
Ethan Selfridge, Interactions, USA

SIGdial President Emeritus:
Jason Williams, Apple, USA

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