SIGDIAL 2020 : 21st Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue

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Conference Information

Submission Deadline Friday 06 Mar 2020 Proceedings indexed by :
Conference Dates Jul 1, 2020 - Jul 3, 2020
Conference Address Boise, United States
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Conference Ranking & Metrics (This is a TOP Conference)

Impact Score 2.15
#Contributing Top Scientists 16
#Papers published by Top Scientists 22
Google Scholar H5-index 29
Number of Editions: 22
Guide2Research Overall Ranking: 418
Category Rankings
Computational Linguistics & Speech Processing 19
Human Computer Interaction 43

Conference Call for Papers



July 1-3, 2020

The 21st Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and

Dialogue (SIGDIAL 2020) will be held on July 1-3, 2020 at the Jack’s Urban

Meeting Place (JUMP) in Boise, Idaho, USA.

SIGDIAL will be temporally co-located with ACL 2020, which will be held on

July 5-10 in Seattle, Washington, 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 a series of nineteen 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 in discourse and dialogue for both ACL

and ISCA.



Multiple Submission Policy: SIGDIAL no longer accepts papers that have been

or will be submitted to other meetings or publications.



We welcome formal, corpus-based, implementation, experimental, or analytical

work on discourse and dialogue including, but not restricted to, the

following themes:

– Discourse Processing: Rhetorical and coherence relations, discourse

parsing and discourse connectives. Reference resolution. Event

representation and causality in narrative. Argument mining. Quality and

style in text. Cross-lingual discourse analysis. Discourse issues in

applications such as machine translation, text summarization, essay

grading, question answering and information retrieval.

– Dialogue Systems: Open domain, task oriented dialogue and chat systems.

Knowledge graphs and dialogue. Dialogue state tracking and policy

learning. Social and emotional intelligence. Dialogue issues in virtual

reality and human-robot interaction. Entrainment, alignment and priming.

Generation for dialogue. Style, voice, and personality. Spoken,

multi-modal, embedded, situated, and text/web based dialogue systems,

their components, evaluation and applications.

– Corpora, Tools and Methodology: Corpus-based and experimental work on

discourse and dialogue, including supporting topics such as annotation

tools and schemes, crowdsourcing, evaluation methodology and corpora.

– Pragmatic and/or Semantic Modeling: Pragmatics or semantics of discourse

and dialogue (i.e., beyond a single sentence).

– Applications of Dialogue and Discourse Processing Technology



Long, Short & Demonstration Paper Submission: March 6, 2020

Long, Short & Demonstration Paper Notification: April 26, 2020

Final Paper Submission: May 11, 2020

Conference: 1-3 July, 2020



The program committee welcomes the submission of long papers, short papers

and demo descriptions. Papers submitted as long papers may be accepted as

long papers for oral presentation or long papers for poster

presentation. Accepted short papers will be presented as posters.

– Long paper submissions must describe substantial, original, completed and

unpublished work. Wherever appropriate, concrete evaluation and analysis

should be included. Long papers must be no longer than 8 pages, including

title, text, figures and tables. An unlimited number of pages is allowed

for references. Two additional pages are allowed for appendices containing

sample discourses/dialogues and algorithms, and an extra page is allowed

in the final version to address reviewers’ comments.

– Short paper submissions must describe original and unpublished

work. Please note that a short paper is not a shortened long

paper. Instead short papers should have a point that can be made in a few

pages, such as a small, focused contribution; a negative results; or an

interesting application nugget. Short papers should be no longer than 4

pages including title, text, figures and tables. An unlimited number of

pages is allowed for references. One additional page is allowed for sample

discourses/dialogues and algorithms, and an extra page is allowed in the

final version to address reviewers’ comments.

– Demo descriptions should be no longer than four pages including title,

text, examples, figures, tables and references. A separate one-page

document should be provided to the program co-chairs for demo

descriptions, specifying furniture and equipment needed for the demo.

Authors are encouraged to also submit additional accompanying materials,

such as corpora (or corpus examples), demo code, videos and sound files.

Multiple Submissions


SIGDIAL 2020 cannot accept work for publication or presentation that will be

(or has been) published elsewhere and that have been or will be submitted to

other meetings or publications. Any questions regarding submissions can be

sent to program-chairs[at]

Blind Review


Building on previous year’s move to anonymous long and short paper

submissions, SIGDIAL 2020 will follow the ACL policies for preserving the

integrity of double blind review (see author guidelines). Unlike long and

short papers, demo descriptions will not be anonymous. Demo descriptions

should include the authors’ names and affiliations, and self-references are


Submission Format


All long, short, and demonstration submissions must follow the two-column

ACL format. Authors are expected to use the LaTeX or Microsoft Word style

template from the ACL conference. Submissions must conform to the official

ACL style guidelines, which are contained in these templates. Submissions

must be electronic, in PDF format.



As noted above, SIGDIAL 2020 is adopting the ACL guidelines for submission

and citation for long and short papers. Long and short papers that do not

conform to the following guidelines will be rejected without review.

Preserving Double Blind Review


The following rules and guidelines are meant to protect the integrity of the

double-blind reviewing process and ensure that submissions are reviewed

fairly. The rules make reference to the anonymity period, which runs from 1

month before the submission deadline up to the date when your paper is

either accepted, rejected or withdrawn.

– You may not make a non-anonymized version of your paper available online

to the general community (for example, via a preprint server) during the

anonymity period. By a version of a paper we understand another paper

having essentially the same scientific content but possibly differing in

minor details (including title and structure) or in length (e.g., an

abstract is a version of the paper that it summarizes).

– If you have posted a non-anonymized version of your paper online before

the start of the anonymity period, you may submit an anonymized version to

the conference. The submitted version must not refer to the non-anonymized

version, and you must inform the program chair(s) that a non-anonymized

version exists. You may not update the non-anonymized version during the

anonymity period, and we ask that you do not advertise it on social media

or take other actions that would further compromise double-blind reviewing

during the anonymity period.

– Note that, while you are not prohibited from making a non-anonymous

version available online before the start of the anonymity period, this

does make double-blind reviewing more difficult to maintain, and we

therefore encourage you to wait until the end of the anonymity period if


Citations and Comparison: If you are aware of previous research that appears

sound and is relevant to your work, you should cite it even if it has not

been peer-reviewed, and certainly if it influenced your own work. However,

refereed publications take priority over unpublished work reported in

preprints. Specifically:

You are expected to cite all refereed publications relevant to your

submission, but you may be excused for not knowing about unpublished

work (especially work that has been recently posted or is not widely

cited). In cases where a preprint has been superseded by a refereed

publication, the refereed publication should be cited in addition to or

instead of the preprint version.

Papers (whether refereed or not) appearing less than three months before the

submission deadline are considered contemporaneous to your submission, and

you are therefore not obliged to make detailed comparisons that require

additional experimentation or in-depth analysis.



Acceptable submissions that require language (English) or organizational

assistance will be flagged for mentoring, and accepted with a recommendation

to revise with the help of 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.



In order to recognize significant advancements in dialogue/discourse science

and technology, SIGDIAL 2020 will include best paper awards. All papers at

the conference are eligible for the best paper awards. A selection committee

consisting of prominent researchers in the fields of interest will select

the recipients of the awards.



General Chair:

Olivier Pietquin, Google AI

Program Chairs:

Smaranda Muresan, Data Science Institute, Columbia University

Yun-Nung (Vivian) Chen, National Taiwan University

Local Chair:

Casey Kennington, Boise State University

Sponsorship Chair:

David Vandyke, University of Cambridge

Mentoring Chair:

Nina Dethlefs, University of Hull

Publication Chair:

Stefan Ultes, Daimler AG, Germany

SIGdial President:

Gabriel Skantze, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

SIGdial Vice President:

Mikio Nakano, Honda Research Institute Japan, Japan

SIGdial Secretary:

Vikram Ramanarayanan, Educational Testing Service (ETS) Research, USA

SIGdial Treasurer:

Ethan Selfridge, Interactions, USA

SIGdial President Emeritus:

Jason Williams, Apple, USA

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