SIGdial 2017

18th Annual SIGdial Meeting on Discourse and Dialogue

SIGdial 2017

The 18th Annual SIGdial Meeting on Discourse and Dialogue (SIGDIAL 2017) was held on August 15-17 in Saarbrücken, Germany.

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 seventeen 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.

Website: http://www.sigdial.org/workshops/conference18/


Keynotes


Oral Session 1: Task-Oriented Dialogue Systems

0:23:50

Key-Value Retrieval Networks for Task-Oriented Dialogue

Mihail Eric and Christopher D. Manning

0:21:48

Generative Encoder-Decoder Models for Task-Oriented Spoken Dialog Systems with Chatting Capability

Tiancheng Zhao, Allen Lu, Kyusong Lee and Maxine Eskenazi

0:24:15

Sample-efficient Actor-Critic Reinforcement Learning with Supervised Data for Dialogue Management

Pei-Hao Su, Paweł Budzianowski, Stefan Ultes, Milica Gasic and Steve Young



Joint Special Session on Negotiation Dialog

0:02:16

Introduction to the Special Session

Amanda Stent, Aasish Pappu, Diane Litman, and Marilyn Walker

0:23:25

Online learning and transfer for user adaptation in dialogue systems

Carrara Nicolas, Romain Laroche and Olivier Pietquin

0:27:08

Automatic Measures to Characterise Verbal Alignment in Human-Agent Interaction

Guillaume Dubuisson Duplessis, Chloé Clavel and Frédéric Landragin


0:22:30

Summarizing Dialogic Arguments from Social Media

Amita Misra, Shereen Oraby, Shubhangi Tandon, Sharath Ts, Pranav Anand and Marilyn Walker

0:16:56

Discussion & Next Steps

Romain Laroche, Elena Musi, Beth Ann Hockey and Volha Petukhova



Oral Session 2: Turn-Taking and Real-Time Interaction

0:27:05

Attentive listening system with backchanneling, response generation and flexible turn-taking

Divesh Lala, Pierrick Milhorat, Koji Inoue, Masanari Ishida, Katsuya Takanashi and Tatsuya Kawahara

0:24:30

Using Reinforcement Learning to Model Incrementality in a Fast-Paced Dialogue Game

Ramesh Manuvinakurike, David DeVault and Kallirroi Georgila



Special Session: Natural Language Generation for Dialogue Systems

0:05:57

Introduction to the Special Session

Marilyn Walker, Verena Rieser, Vera Demberg, Dietrich Klakow, Dilek Hakkani-Tur, David M. Howcroft, Shereen Oraby

0:26:01

Redundancy Localization for the Conversationalization of Unstructured Responses

Sebastian Krause, Mikhail Kozhevnikov, Eric Malmi and Daniele Pighin


0:04:55

The E2E Dataset: New Challenges For End-to-End Generation

Jekaterina Novikova, Ondřej Dušek and Verena Rieser

0:49:01

Panel/Discussion

Verena Rieser, Hadar Shemtov, Amanda Stent, Milica Gasic



Oral Session 3: Modeling Semantics and Pragmatics

0:25:55

Frames: a corpus for adding memory to goal-oriented dialogue systems

Layla El Asri, Hannes Schulz, Shikhar Sharma, Jeremie Zumer, Justin Harris, Emery Fine, Rahul Mehrotra and Kaheer Suleman

0:26:27

Modelling Protagonist Goals and Desires in First-Person Narrative

Elahe Rahimtoroghi, Jiaqi Wu, Ruimin Wang, Pranav Anand and Marilyn Walker

0:21:58

The Role of Conversation Context for Sarcasm Detection in Online Interactions

Debanjan Ghosh, Alexander Richard Fabbri and Smaranda Muresan



Second WOCHAT Special Session on Chatbots and Conversational Agents (WOCHAT-SS)

0:04:18

Introduction to the Special Session

Ryuichiro Higashinaka, Ron Artstein, Rafael E. Banchs, Wolfgang Minker

0:25:37

Lexical Acquisition through Implicit Confirmations over Multiple Dialogues

Kohei Ono, Ryu Takeda, Eric Nichols, Mikio Nakano and Kazunori Komatani

0:25:27

Evaluating Natural Language Understanding Services for Conversational Question Answering Systems

Daniel Braun, Adrian Hernandez-Mendez, Florian Matthes and Manfred Langen


0:07:19

Shared Task Update Report

Ryuichiro Higashinaka

0:14:41

Wrap-up Discussion and Future Plans

Ryuichiro Higashinaka, Ron Artstein, Rafael E. Banchs, Wolfgang Minker



Oral Session 4: Context in Discourse and Dialogue


Others

0:05:11

SIGDIAL Best Paper Awards

David DeVault, Annie Louis

0:10:37

SIGDIAL Closing

Kristiina Jokinen, Manfred Stede