Welcome to SIGdial 2008!

Continuing with a series of successful workshops in Antwerp, Sydney, Lisbon, Boston, Sapporo, Philadelphia, Aalborg, and Hong Kong, this workshop spans the research interest area of discourse and dialogue.  This series provides a regular forum for the presentation of research in this area to both the larger SIGdial community as well as researchers outside this community.  The workshop is organized by SIGDIAL, the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue, which is sponsored jointly by the Association for Computational Linguistics and the International Speech Communication Association.

The 9th SIGdial Workshop on Discourse and Dialogue will be held on June 19-20, 2008 in Columbus, Ohio.

There will be an invited talk by Prof. Julia Hirschberg (Columbia University) on "Speaking More Like You: Lexical, Acoustic/Prosodic, and Discourse Entrainment in Spoken Dialogue Systems".

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**NEW (May 26, 2008)** Proceedings Online!.

**NEW (May 11, 2008)** Preliminary schedule posted.

**NEW (Mar 8, 2008)** On June 19, we will hold a reception at the Palm House of the Franklin Park Conservatory. More details to follow.

SIGdial 2008 will be a conference workshop of ACL/HLT 2008. The Young Researchers' Roundtable on Spoken Dialogue Systems is again co-located with our event and will be held on June 21, 2008.

We look forward to a successful event!

Beth Ann Hockey and David Schlangen
SIGdial 2008 co-Chairs