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SIGDIAL 2013 : 14th Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue


When Aug 23, 2013 - Aug 24, 2013
Where Metz, France
Submission Deadline May 3, 2013
Notification Due Jun 21, 2013
Final Version Due Jul 24, 2013

Call For Papers

14th Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue
Metz, France
23-24 August 2013


The SIGDIAL venue provides a regular forum for the presentation of cutting edge research in discourse and dialog to both academic and industry researchers. Continuing with a series of thirteen successful previous meetings, this conference spans the research interest areas of discourse and dialogue. The conference is sponsored by the SIGDIAL organization, which serves as the Special Interest Group on discourse and dialog for both ACL and ISCA.

Topics of Interest

We welcome formal, corpus-based, implementation or analytical work on discourse and dialog including but not restricted to the following themes and topics:

Discourse Processing and Dialog Systems
Corpora, Tools and Methodology
Pragmatic and/or Semantic Modeling
Dimensions of Interaction
Applications of Dialog and Discourse Processing Technology

For a detailed list of topics of interest, see the complete list of topics of interest.

Special Theme: Discourse and Dialogue in Social Media

Processing language in social media has attracted a noticeable amount of interest in recent years. Language in this new kind of media offers many opportunities and challenges, from the point of view of discourse and dialogue. To start with, an astounding amount of conversational data is created each day on Twitter and Facebook, but also on many blogs. Additionally, social media provides a window into a variety of human behaviors that rarely appear in the controlled data sets our community is accustomed to work with. We invite submissions on all aspects of discourse and dialogue processing of language as used in a variety of social media platforms, from Twitter and Facebook, to any type of blogs, micro-blogs, collaborative wikis, and multimedia sharing sites. We particularly welcome contributions that highlight new insights into discourse and dialogue phenomena in this new genre, or describe new discourse and dialogue processing models emerging from it.


Dr Jerome R. Bellegarda, Apple Inc, USA
Prof Bonnie L. Webber, University of Edinburgh, UK


The program committee welcomes the submission of long papers, short papers, and demo descriptions. All accepted submissions will be published in the conference proceedings.

Long papers will be presented in full plenary presentations. They must be no longer than 8 pages, including title, content, and examples. Two additional pages are allowed for references and appendices, which may include extended example discourses or dialogs, algorithms, graphical representations, etc.

Short papers will be featured in short plenary presentations, followed by posters. They should be no longer than 4 pages, including title and content. One additional page is allowed for references and appendices.

Demonstrations will be presented in special sessions, separate from short paper presentations and poster sessions. Demo descriptions will appear in a dedicated section of the proceedings and should be no longer than 3 pages, including references. To encourage late breaking demos, demo submissions have a later deadline.

Papers that have been or will be submitted to other meetings or publications must provide this information (see submission format). SIGDIAL 2013 cannot accept for publication or presentation work that will be (or has been) published elsewhere, except for demonstrations. Any questions regarding submissions can be sent to the technical program co-chairs at program-chairs[at]

Authors are encouraged to submit additional supportive material such as video clips or sound clips and examples of available resources for review purposes.

Submission is electronic using paper submission software at


All long, short, and demo submissions should follow the two-column ACL 2013 format. We strongly recommend the use of ACL LaTeX style files or Microsoft Word style files tailored for the ACL 2013 conference. Submissions must conform to the official ACL 2013 style guidelines (, and they must be electronic in PDF. As in most previous years, submissions will not be anonymous.


For several years, the SigDial conference has offered a mentoring service. Submissions with innovative core ideas that may need language (English) or organizational assistance will be flagged for "mentoring" and conditionally accepted with recommendation to revise with a mentor. An experienced mentor who has previously published in the SIGDIAL venue will then help the authors of these flagged papers prepare their submissions for publication. Any questions about the mentoring service can be addressed to the mentoring chair, Dr. Kallirroi Georgila, at kgeorgila[at]


In order to recognize significant advancements in dialog and discourse science and technology, SIGDIAL will recognize two best paper awards. A selection committee consisting of prominent researchers in the fields of interest will select the recipients of the awards.


SIGDIAL offers a number of opportunities for sponsors. For more information, email the conference organizers at sigdial-conf[at]


SIGDIAL authors are encouraged to submit their research to the journal Dialogue and Discourse, which is endorsed by SIGDIAL.


Long and Short Papers
Paper Submission Deadline Friday, 3 May 2013 (23:59, GMT-11)
Paper Notification Friday, 21 June 2013
Final Paper Due for papers accepted subject to receiving mentoring Friday, 19 July 2013
Final Paper Due for accepted papers Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Demo Paper Submission Deadline Tuesday, 2 July 2013 (23:59, GMT-11)
Demo Paper Notification Wednesday, 10 July 2013
Final Demo Paper Due Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Conference Friday-Saturday, 23-24 August 2013


General Co-Chairs
Maxine Eskenazi, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Michael Strube, Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies, Germany

Technical Program Co-Chairs
Barbara Di Eugenio, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Jason D. Williams, Microsoft Research, USA

Mentoring Chair
Kallirroi Georgila, University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies

Local Chair
Olivier Pietquin, Supelec, France

Sponsorships Chair
Amanda Stent, AT&T Labs - Research, USA

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