SIGdial 2016

17th Annual SIGdial Meeting on Discourse and Dialogue

SIGdial 2016

The 17th Annual SIGdial Meeting on Discourse and Dialogue (SIGDIAL 2016) was held on September 13-15 in Los Angeles, 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 with a series of successful sixteen previous meetings, this conference spans the research interest area 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.


Oral Session 1: Dialogue state tracking & Spoken language understanding

Oral Session 2: Corpus creation


Creating and Characterizing a Diverse Corpus of Sarcasm in Dialogue

Shereen Oraby, Vrindavan Harrison, Lena Reed, Ernesto Hernandez, Ellen Riloff and Marilyn Walker


The SENSEI Annotated Corpus: Human Summaries of Reader Comment Conversations in On-line News

Emma Barker, Monica Lestari Paramita, Ahmet Aker, Emina Kurtic, Mark Hepple and Robert Gaizauskas

Oral Session 3: Discourse processing


Extracting PDTB Discourse Relations from Student Essays

Kate Forbes-Riley, Fan Zhang and Diane Litman


Empirical comparison of dependency conversions for RST discourse trees

Katsuhiko Hayashi, Tsutomu Hirao and Masaaki Nagata


The Role of Discourse Units in Near-Extractive Summarization

Junyi Jessy Li, Kapil Thadani and Amanda Stent

Oral session 4: Incremental processing


Real-Time Understanding of Complex Discriminative Scene Descriptions

Ramesh Manuvinakurike, Casey Kennington, David DeVault and David Schlangen


Toward incremental dialogue act segmentation in fast-paced interactive dialogue systems

Ramesh Manuvinakurike, Maike Paetzel, Cheng Qu, David Schlangen and David DeVault

Oral Session 5: Semantics: Learning and Inference

Oral Session 6: Conversational phenomena and strategies


When do we laugh?

Ye Tian, Chiara Mazzocconi and Jonathan Ginzburg


Small Talk Improves User Impressions of Interview Dialogue Systems

Takahiro Kobori, Mikio Nakano and Tomoaki Nakamura

Oral Session 7: Non-task-oriented dialogue systems


Neural Utterance Ranking Model for Conversational Dialogue Systems

Michimasa Inaba and Kenichi Takahashi


Strategy and Policy Learning for Non-Task-Oriented Conversational Systems

Zhou Yu, Ziyu Xu, Alan W Black and Alexander Rudnicky

Special Session


The Future Directions of Dialogue-Based Intelligent Personal Assistants

Yoichi Matsuyama, Alexandros Papangelis