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Category:   E-Conf
Subject:   NAACL-01 Adaptation in Dialogue Systems Workshop
From:   Priscilla Rasmussen
Email:   rasmusse_(on)_cs.rutgers.edu
Date received:   22 Jan 2001
Deadline:   19 Feb 2001
Start date:   04 Jun 2001

______________________________________________________________ * Note deadline extension! * NAACL 2001 Workshop on Adaptation in Dialogue Systems Webpage: www.cs.utah.edu/%7Ecindi/AdaptDial.html Overview The purpose of this workshop is to bring together researchers investigating the application of learning and adaptation to dialogue systems, both speech and text based. Methods for learning and adaptation show promise for enhancing the robustness, flexibility, and overall accuracy of dialogue systems. While researchers in many parts of computational linguistics who use these methods have begun to form communities, the burgeoning set of activities within dialogue has remained relatively disparate. We are interested in adaptation that includes learning procedures as well as decision making methods aimed at dynamically reconfiguring dialogue behavior based on the context. We would also like to explore techniques that allow a dialogue system to learn with experience or from data sets gathered from empirical studies. Researchers looking at methods to automatically improve different modules of dialogue systems, or the system as a whole, have not had many opportunities to come together to share their work. We thus welcome submissions from researchers supplementing the traditional development of dialogue systems with techniques from machine learning, statistical NLP, and decision theory. Call For Papers We solicit papers from a number of research areas, including: - Use of machine learning techniques at all levels of dialogue, from speech recognition to generation; from dialogue strategy to user modeling - Adapting to the user as a dialogue progresses - Dialogue as decision making under uncertainty - User and user group modeling - Use of corpora in developing components of dialogue systems, including issues in annotation - Evaluation of adaptive dialogue systems - Comparison of different techniques in applying adaptive techniques to dialogue We also hope to include a session for the demonstration of working systems, as time permits. The demonstration sessions will be open to anyone who wishes to bring their adaptive conversational systems for demonstration to other members of the workshop. Presenters are asked to submit a paper that is specifically directed at a demonstration of their current systems. Important Dates (2001): Paper submission deadline: Feb 19 Notification of acceptance for papers: Mar 16 Camera ready papers due: Mar 30 Workshop date: Jun 4 Paper Submission Electronic submission strongly preferred. We will be setting up an email alias in the next several days for paper submission. Please check with the web page for developments. Submissions must use the NAACL latex style or Microsoft Word style. Paper submissions should consist of a full paper (6 pages or less). The templates are available at the workshop web site. Organizers Eric Horvitz Microsoft Research horvitz_(on)_microsoft.com Tim Paek Microsoft Research timpaek_(on)_microsoft.com Cindi Thompson University of Utah cindi_(on)_cs.utah.edu Program Committee Jennifer Chu-Carroll Bell Labs Peter Heeman Oregon Graduate Institute Diane Litman AT & T Labs Candace Sidner MERL Marilyn Walker AT & T Labs

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