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CAI 2019 : Third NeurIPS workshop on Conversational AI: “Today's Practice and Tomorrow's Potential”


When Dec 13, 2019 - Dec 14, 2019
Where Vancouver, Canada
Submission Deadline Sep 21, 2019
Notification Due Nov 1, 2019
Final Version Due Nov 14, 2019
Categories    conversational ai   dialog management   NLP   machine learning

Call For Papers

Workshop Title: 3rd Conversational AI: “Today's Practice and Tomorrow's Potential”
Workshop Website:
Workshop Date: December 14th
Workshop Location: Vancouver, Canada
Deadline: September 21st (early submission for tickets), October 1st (regular submission, no guaranteed tickets)

In the span of only a few years, conversational systems have become commonplace. Every day, millions of people use natural-language interfaces such as Siri, Google Now, Cortana, Alexa and others via in-home devices, phones, or messaging channels such as Messenger, Slack, Skype, among others. At the same time, interest among the research community in conversational systems has blossomed: for supervised and reinforcement learning, conversational systems often serve as both a benchmark task and an inspiration for new ML methods at conferences which don't focus on speech and language per se, such as NeurIPS, ICML, IJCAI, and others. Research community challenge tasks are proliferating, including the seventh Dialog Systems Technology Challenge (DSTC7), the Amazon Alexa prize, and the Conversational Intelligence Challenge live competitions at NeurIPS (2017, 2018).

Following the overwhelming participation in our last two NeurIPS workshops:
2017: 9 invited talks, 26 submissions, 3 oral papers, 13 accepted papers, 37 reviewers
2018: 4 invited talks, 42 submission, 6 oral papers, 23 accepted papers, 58 reviewers,

we are excited to continue promoting cross-pollination of ideas between academic research centers and industry. The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioners in this area, to clarify impactful research problems, understand well-founded methods, share findings from large-scale real-world deployments, and generate new ideas for future lines of research. This workshop will include invited talks from academia and industry, contributed work, and open discussion. In these talks, senior technical leaders from many of the most popular conversational services will give insights into real usage and challenges at scale. We will end the day with an open discussion, including a panel consisting of academic and industrial researchers.

Invited Speakers:
• David Traum (USC)
• Y-Lan Boureau (Facebook AI)
• Alan Ritter (Ohio State University)
• Ryuchiro Higashinaka (NTT)
• Zhou Yu (UC Davis)

• Alborz Geramifard (Facebook AI)
• Jason Williams (Apple)

• Bill Byrne (Google)
• Asli Celikyilmaz (Microsoft Research)
• Milica Gašić (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf)
• Dilek Hakkani-Tur (Amazon)
• Mathew Henderson (Poly.AI)
• Luis A Lastras (IBM)
• Mari Ostendorf (University of Washington)

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