9th SIGdial Workshop on Discourse and Dialogue


Thursday, June 19, 2008

9:00–9:15Opening Remarks
 Session 1: Dialogue Features and Speech Processing
9:15–9:40Optimizing Endpointing Thresholds using Dialogue Features in a Spoken Dialogue System
Antoine Raux and Maxine Eskenazi
9:40–10:05Response-Based Confidence Annotation for Spoken Dialogue Systems
Alexander Gruenstein
10:05–10:30Learning N-Best Correction Models from Implicit User Feedback in a Multi-Modal Local Search Application
Dan Bohus, Xiao Li, Patrick Nguyen and Geoffrey Zweig
10:30–11:00Coffee Break
 Session 2: Grounding in Dialogue
11:00–11:25Agreement and Disputes in Dialogue
Alex Lascarides and Nicholas Asher
11:25–11:50Reactive Redundancy and Listener Comprehension in Direction-Giving
Rachel Baker, Alastair Gill and Justine Cassell
11:50–12:15Semantic negotiation in dialogue: the mechanisms of alignment
Gregory Mills and Pat Healey
12:15–12:40Degrees of Grounding Based on Evidence of Understanding
Antonio Roque and David Traum
12:40–14:40Lunch and Poster Session
 Poster Session
 Rapidly Deploying Grammar-Based Speech Applications with Active Learning and Back-off Grammars
Tim Paek, Sudeep Gandhe and Max Chickering
 Persistent Information State in a Data-Centric Architecture
Sebastian Varges, Giuseppe Riccardi and Silvia Quarteroni
 Speaking without knowing what to say... or when to end
Anna Hjalmarsson
 Learning Contrastive Connectives in Sentence Realization Ranking
Crystal Nakatsu
 What Are Meeting Summaries? An Analysis of Human Extractive Summaries in Meeting Corpus
Fei Liu and Yang Liu
 A Simple Method for Resolution of Definite Reference in a Shared Visual Context
Alexander Siebert and David Schlangen
 A Framework for Building Conversational Agents Based on a Multi-Expert Model
Mikio Nakano, Kotaro Funakoshi, Yuji Hasegawa and Hiroshi Tsujino
 From GEMINI to DiaGen: Improving Development of Speech Dialogues for Embedded Systems
Stefan Hamerich
 Quantifying Ellipsis in Dialogue: an index of mutual understanding
Marcus Colman, Arash Eshghi and Pat Healey
 Implicit Proposal Filtering in Multi-Party Consensus-Building Conversations
Yasuhiro Katagiri, Yosuke Matsusaka, Yasuharu Den, Mika Enomoto, Masato Ishizaki and Katsuya Takanashi
 Session 3: Probabilistic Methods
2:40–3:05Optimal Dialog in Consumer-Rating Systems using POMDP Framework
Zhifei Li, Patrick Nguyen and Geoffrey Zweig
3:05–3:30Training and Evaluation of the HIS POMDP Dialogue System in Noise
Milica Gasi\'c, Simon Keizer, Francois Mairesse, Jost Schatzmann, Blaise Thomson, Kai Yu and Steve Young
3:30–4:00Coffee Break
4:00–4:25A Frame-Based Probabilistic Framework for Spoken Dialog Management Using Dialog Examples
Kyungduk Kim, Cheongjae Lee, Sangkeun Jung and Gary Geunbae Lee
4:25–5:25SIGdial business meeting
5:25End of first day
7:00Reception, Palm House at Franklin Park Conservatory

Friday, June 20, 2008

9:30–10:30Invited Talk
 Speaking More Like You: Lexical, Acoustic/Prosodic, and Discourse Entrainment in Spoken Dialogue Systems
Julia Hirschberg
10:30–11:00Coffee Break
 Session 4: Opinions, Persuasion, and Multi-Party Dialogue
11:00–11:25Discourse Level Opinion Relations: An Annotation Study
Swapna Somasundaran, Josef Ruppenhofer and Janyce Wiebe
11:25–11:50Argumentative Human Computer Dialogue for Automated Persuasion
Pierre Andrews, Suresh Manandhar and Marco De Boni
11:50–12:15Modeling Vocal Interaction for Text-Independent Participant Characterization in Multi-Party Conversation
Kornel Laskowski, Mari Ostendorf and Tanja Schultz
12:15–12:45Modelling and Detecting Decisions in Multi-party Dialogue
Raquel Fernández, Matthew Frampton, Patrick Ehlen, Matthew Purver and Stanley Peters
 Session 5: Evaluation
2:15–2:40User Simulation as Testing for Spoken Dialog Systems
Hua Ai and Fuliang Weng
2:40–3:05Evaluation Understudy for Dialogue Coherence Models
Sudeep Gandhe and David Traum
3:05–3:30A Framework for Model-based Evaluation of Spoken Dialog Systems
Sebastian Möller and Nigel Ward
3:30–4:00Coffee Break
 Session 6: Generation
4:00–4:25The Effect of Dialogue System Output Style Variation on Users’ Evaluation Judgments and Input Style
Ivana Kruijff-Korbayova and Olga Kukina
4:25–4:50Making Grammar-Based Generation Easier to Deploy in Dialogue Systems
David DeVault, David Traum and Ron Artstein
4:50–5:00Closing Remarks
5:00End of SIGdial 2008