13th Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue (SIGDIAL)


Thursday July 5, 2012

 9:00 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks
 9:15 AM Keynote 1
 Multi-modal Sensing and Analysis of Poster Conversations: Toward Smart Posterboard
Tatsuya Kawahara
 10:15 AM Coffee Break
 10:45 AM Oral Presentation Session 1: Evaluation
10:45An End-to-End Evaluation of Two Situated Dialog Systems
Lina M. Rojas Barahona, Alejandra Lorenzo and Claire Gardent
11:10"Love ya, jerkface": Using Sparse Log-Linear Models to Build Positive and Impolite Relationships with Teens
William Yang Wang, Samantha Finkelstein, Amy Ogan, Alan W. Black and Justine Cassell
11:35Enhancing Referential Success by Tracking Hearer Gaze
Alexander Koller, Konstantina Garoufi, Maria Staudte and Matthew Crocker
 12:00 PM Lunch
 1:00 PM Oral Presentation Session 2 (Theme Session): Coherence
1:00Unsupervised Topic Modeling Approaches to Decision Summarization in Spoken Meetings
Lu Wang and Claire Cardie
1:25An Unsupervised Approach to User Simulation: Toward Self-Improving Dialog Systems
Sungjin Lee and Maxine Eskenazi
1:50Hierarchical Conversation Structure Prediction in Multi-Party Chat
Elijah Mayfield, David Adamson and Carolyn Penstein Rosé
 2:15 PM Poster Session 1 “Madness”
 2:30 PM Poster Session 1
 Rapid Development Process of Spoken Dialogue Systems using Collaboratively Constructed Semantic Resources
Masahiro Araki
 The Effect of Cognitive Load on a Statistical Dialogue System
Milica Gasić, Pirros Tsiakoulis, Matthew Henderson, Blaise Thomson, Kai Yu, Eli Tzirkel and Steve Young
 Predicting Adherence to Treatment for Schizophrenia from Dialogue Transcripts
Christine Howes, Matthew Purver, Rose McCabe, Patrick G. T. Healey and Mary Lavelle
 Reinforcement Learning of Question-Answering Dialogue Policies for Virtual Museum Guides
Teruhisa Misu, Kallirroi Georgila, Anton Leuski and David Traum
 From Strangers to Partners: Examining Convergence within a Longitudinal Study of Task-Oriented Dialogue
Christopher M. Mitchell, Kristy Elizabeth Boyer and James C. Lester
 The Structure and Generality of Spoken Route Instructions
Aasish Pappu and Alexander Rudnicky
 Improving Implicit Discourse Relation Recognition Through Feature Set Optimization
Joonsuk Park and Claire Cardie
 A Temporal Simulator for Developing Turn-Taking Methods for Spoken Dialogue Systems
Ethan O. Selfridge and Peter A. Heeman
 Dialogue Act Recognition using Reweighted Speaker Adaptation
Congkai Sun and Louis-Philippe Morency
 Estimating Adaptation of Dialogue Partners with Different Verbal Intelligence
Kseniya Zablotskaya, Fernando Fernández-Martínez and Wolfgang Minker
 2:30 PM Demo Session
 A Demonstration of Incremental Speech Understanding and Confidence Estimation in a Virtual Human Dialogue System
David DeVault and David Traum
 Integrating Location, Visibility, and Question-Answering in a Spoken Dialogue System for Pedestrian City Exploration
Srinivasan Janarthanam, Oliver Lemon, Xingkun Liu, Phil Bartie, William Mackaness, Tiphaine Dalmas and Jana Goetze
 A Mixed-Initiative Conversational Dialogue System for Healthcare
Fabrizio Morbini, Eric Forbell, David DeVault, Kenji Sagae, David Traum and Albert Rizzo
 4:00 PM Sponsor Presentations 1
 4:25 PM Oral Presentation Session 3: Discourse Structure
4:25Towards Mediating Shared Perceptual Basis in Situated Dialogue
Changsong Liu, Rui Fang and Joyce Chai
4:50Global Features for Shallow Discourse Parsing
Sucheta Ghosh, Giuseppe Riccardi and Richard Johansson
5:15A Reranking Model for Discourse Segmentation using Subtree Features
Ngo Xuan Bach, Nguyen Le Minh and Akira Shimazu
 Conference Reception and Dinner

Friday July 6, 2012

 9:00 AM Announcements
 9:15 AM Oral Presentation Session 4: Statistical Models of Dialog
9:15Landmark-Based Location Belief Tracking in a Spoken Dialog System
Yi Ma, Antoine Raux, Deepak Ramachandran and Rakesh Gupta
9:40Probabilistic Dialogue Models with Prior Domain Knowledge
Pierre Lison
10:05Exploiting Machine-Transcribed Dialog Corpus to Improve Multiple Dialog States Tracking Methods
Sungjin Lee and Maxine Eskenazi
 10:30 AM Coffee Break
 11:00 AM Keynote 2
 Cohesion, Entrainment and Task Success in Educational Dialog
Diane Litman
 12:00 PM Lunch and Business Meeting
 1:30 PM Oral Presentation Session 5: Paralinguistic Features
1:30A Bottom-Up Exploration of the Dimensions of Dialog State in Spoken Interaction
Nigel G. Ward and Alejandro Vega
1:55Using Group History to Identify Character-Directed Utterances in Multi-Child Interactions
Hannaneh Hajishirzi, Jill F. Lehman and Jessica K. Hodgins
2:20Adapting to Multiple Affective States in Spoken Dialogue
Kate Forbes-Riley and Diane Litman
 2:45 PM Poster 2 “Madness”
 3:00 PM Poster Session 2
 Dialog System Using Real-Time Crowdsourcing and Twitter Large-Scale Corpus
Fumihiro Bessho, Tatsuya Harada and Yasuo Kuniyoshi
 Automatically Acquiring Fine-Grained Information Status Distinctions in German
Aoife Cahill and Arndt Riester
 A Unified Probabilistic Approach to Referring Expressions
Kotaro Funakoshi, Mikio Nakano, Takenobu Tokunaga and Ryu Iida
 Combining Verbal and Nonverbal Features to Overcome the “Information Gap” in Task-Oriented Dialogue
Eun Young Ha, Joseph F. Grafsgaard, Christopher Mitchell, Kristy Elizabeth Boyer and James C. Lester
 Semantic Specificity in Spoken Dialogue Requests
Ben Hixon, Rebecca J. Passonneau and Susan L. Epstein
 Contingency and Comparison Relation Labeling and Structure Prediction in Chinese Sentences
Hen-Hsen Huang and Hsin-Hsi Chen
 A Study in How NLU Performance Can Affect the Choice of Dialogue System Architecture
Anton Leuski and David DeVault
 Integrating Incremental Speech Recognition and POMDP-Based Dialogue Systems
Ethan O. Selfridge, Iker Arizmendi, Peter A. Heeman and Jason D. Williams
 A Regression-based Approach to Modeling Addressee Backchannels
Allison Terrell and Bilge Mutlu
 Improving Sentence Completion in Dialogues with Multi-Modal Features
Anruo Wang, Barbara Di Eugenio and Lin Chen
 4:00 PM Sponsor Presentations 2
 4:25 PM Oral Presentation Session 6: NLG and NLU
4:25Combining Incremental Language Generation and Incremental Speech Synthesis for Adaptive Information Presentation
Hendrik Buschmeier, Timo Baumann, Benjamin Dosch, Stefan Kopp and David Schlangen
4:50Focused Meeting Summarization via Unsupervised Relation Extraction
Lu Wang and Claire Cardie
5:15Markov Logic Networks for Situated Incremental Natural Language Understanding
Casey Kennington and David Schlangen
 5:40 PM Best Paper Awards and Concluding Remarks