SIGdial 2018

19th Annual SIGdial Meeting on Discourse and Dialogue

SIGdial 2018

The 19th Annual SIGdial Meeting on Discourse and Dialogue (SIGDIAL 2018) was held on July 12-14 in Melbourne, Australia.

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.



Oral Session 1: Generation 1

Special Session: Physically Situated Dialogue

Special Session: Late-breaking and work-in-progress talks


Embodied Question Answering

Abhishek Das, Samyak Datta, Georgia Gkioxari, Stefan Lee, Devi Parikh, Dhruv Batra


Jointly Improving Parsing and Perception for Natural Language Commands through Human-Robot Dialog

Jesse Thomason, Aishwarya Padmakumar, Jivko Sinapov, Nick Walker, Yuqian Jiang, Harel Yedidsion, Justin Hart, Peter Stone, Raymond J. Mooney

Oral Session 2: Generation 2


Unsupervised Counselor Dialogue Clustering for Positive Emotion Elicitation in Neural Dialogue System

Nurul Lubis, Sakriani Sakti, Koichiro Yoshino, Satoshi Nakamura


Discovering User Groups for Natural Language Generation

Nikos Engonopoulos, Christoph Teichmann, Alexander Koller


Controlling Personality-Based Stylistic Variation with Neural Natural Language Generators

Shereen Oraby, Lena Reed, Shubhangi Tandon, Sharath T.S., Stephanie Lukin, Marilyn Walker

Oral Session 3: Dialogue


An Empirical Study of Self-Disclosure in Spoken Dialogue Systems

Abhilasha Ravichander and Alan W Black


Role play-based question-answering by real users for building chatbots with consistent personalities

Ryuichiro Higashinaka, Masahiro Mizukami, Hidetoshi Kawabata, Emi Yamaguchi, Noritake Adachi, Junji Tomita


Addressing Objects and Their Relations: The Conversational Entity Dialogue Model

Stefan Ultes, Pawel Budzianowski, Inigo Casanueva, Lina M. Rojas Barahona, Bo-Hsiang Tseng, Yen-chen Wu, Steve Young, Milica Gasic


Conversational Image Editing: Incremental Intent Identification in a New Dialogue Task

Ramesh Manuvinakurike, Trung Bui, Walter Chang, Kallirroi Georgila

Oral Session 4: Discourse


Toward zero-shot Entity Recognition in Task-oriented Conversational Agents

Marco Guerini, Simone Magnolini, Vevake Balaraman, Bernardo Magnini

Oral Session 5: State Tracking


Cogent: A Generic Dialogue System Shell Based on a Collaborative Problem Solving Model

Lucian Galescu, Choh Man Teng, James Allen, Ian Perera


Identifying Domain Independent Update Intents in Task Based Dialogs

Prakhar Biyani, Cem Akkaya, Kostas Tsioutsiouliklis