SIGDIAL/SemDial 2017: Program

SemDial will be co-located with SIGdial 2017, the 18th Annual SIGdial Meeting on Discourse and Dialogue. SIGDIAL and SemDial will run concurrently on August 15-17 and will share three keynote speakers, two joint special sessions, and two joint poster/demo

The conference will take place in E 1.3 and E 2.2 buildings, Uni Ost – E green sector on the Interactive Campus Map.

Tuesday 15th August 2017
08:00 Registration (E 2.2 foyer, ground floor)
08:45   Opening: Welcome and Conferences Overview
(E2.2 Günter Hotz Lecture Hall, ground floor)
SIGDIAL: Kristiina Jokinen, David DeVault, Annie Louis
SemDial: Volha Petukhova, Ye Tian
09:00 Keynote Speaker: Oliver Lemon
Challenges for Data-driven dialogue systems finding the goldilocks zone for conversational data
(E2.2 Günter Hotz Lecture Hall, ground floor)
Chair: Volha Petukhova
10:00 Coffee Break (E 1.3 open area, ground floor)
Oral Session 1
Task-Oriented Dialogue Systems
(E1.3 HS 002 room)
Chair: Pierre Lison
Oral Session 1
Semantic/Pragmatic Interpretation
(E1.3 HS 001 room)
Chair: Simon Dobnik
10:30 Key-Value Retrieval Networks for Task-Oriented Dialogue
Mihail Eric and Christopher D. Manning
Referring Expressions and Communicative Success in Task-oriented Dialogues
Laura Aina, Natalia Philippova, Valentin Vogelmann and Raquel Fernández
10:55 Generative Encoder-Decoder Models for Task-Oriented Spoken Dialog Systems with Chatting Capability
Tiancheng Zhao, Allen Lu, Kyusong Lee and Maxine Eskenazi
Negotiation of discourse moves: right periphery tags
Adriana Osa
11:20 Sample-efficient Actor-Critic Reinforcement Learning with Supervised Data for Dialogue Management
Pei-Hao Su, Paweł Budzianowski, Stefan Ultes, Milica Gasic and Steve Young
Meta-conversational since when-questions and the common ground
Angelika Kiss
11:45 Lunch (served, E 1.3 open area, ground floor)
Joint Special Session on Negotiation Dialog
(E1.3 H002)
Session Chair: Amanda Stent
13:00 Introduction to the Special Session
Session Organizers: Amanda Stent, Aasish Pappu, Diane Litman, and Marilyn Walker
13:05 Online learning and transfer for user adaptation in
dialogue systems

Carrara Nicolas, Romain Laroche and
Olivier Pietquin (SemDial paper)
13:30 Automatic Measures to Characterise Verbal Alignment in
Human-Agent Interaction

Guillaume Dubuisson
Duplessis, Chloé Clavel and Frédéric Landragin (SIGDIAL paper)
13:55 Summarizing Dialogic Arguments from Social Media
Amita Misra, Shereen Oraby, Shubhangi Tandon, Sharath Ts, Pranav Anand and
Marilyn Walker (SemDial paper)
14:20 Position Paper Short Talks
Heated discussion: A proposal for eliciting negotiation
data with realistic emotional investment

Beth Ann
Hockey and Christine Doran
The Complex Negotiation Dialogue Game
Romain Laroche
Building an ontology of (dis)agreement space for argument mining
Elena Musi, Debanjan Ghosh, Mark Aakhus, Smaranda Muresan, and Nina Wacholder
Metalogue Multi-Issue Bargaining Corpus
Volha Petukhova, Andrei Malchanau, Youssef Oualil, Dietrich Klakow, Christopher Stevens, Harmen de Weerd, Niels Taatgen
14:35 Discussion & Next Steps
Session Organizers: Amanda Stent, Aasish Pappu, Diane Litman, and Marilyn Walker
15:00 Coffee Break (E 1.3 open area, ground floor)
15:30 Joint Poster Session
(E 1.3 open area, ground floor)
Chairs: Volha Petukhova, David DeVault
12 SIGDIAL Posters 8 SemDial Posters
Beyond On-hold Messages: Conversational Time-buying in Task-oriented Dialogue
Soledad López Gambino, Sina Zarrieß and David SchlangenEnabling robust and fluid spoken dialogue with cognitively impaired users
Ramin Yaghoubzadeh and Stefan KoppExploring Joint Neural Model for Sentence Level Discourse Parsing and Sentiment Analysis
Bita Nejat, Giuseppe Carenini and Raymond NgFinding Structure in Figurative Language: Metaphor Detection with Topic-based Frames
Hyeju Jang, Keith Maki, Eduard Hovy and Carolyn RoseInferring Narrative Causality between Event Pairs in Films
Zhichao Hu and Marilyn WalkerInteraction Quality Estimation Using Long Short-Term Memories
Niklas Rach, Wolfgang Minker and Stefan UltesNeural-based Context Representation Learning for Dialog Act Classification
Daniel Ortega and Ngoc Thang Vu

Predicting Success in Goal-Driven Human-Human Dialogues
Michael Noseworthy, Jackie Chi Kit Cheung and Joelle Pineau

Reward-Balancing for Statistical Spoken Dialogue Systems using Multi-objective Reinforcement Learning
Stefan Ultes, Paweł Budzianowski, Iñigo Casanueva, Nikola Mrkšić, Lina M. Rojas Barahona, Pei-Hao Su, Tsung-Hsien Wen, Milica Gasic and Steve Young

Sub-domain Modelling for Dialogue Management with Hierarchical Reinforcement Learning
Paweł Budzianowski, Stefan Ultes, Pei-Hao Su, Nikola Mrkšić, Tsung-Hsien Wen, Iñigo Casanueva, Lina M. Rojas Barahona and Milica Gasic

User-initiated Sub-dialogues in State-of-the-art Dialogue Systems
Staffan Larsson

Utterance Intent Classification of a Spoken Dialogue System with Efficiently Untied Recursive Autoencoders
Tsuneo Kato, Atsushi Nagai, Naoki Noda, Ryosuke Sumitomo, Jianming Wu and Seiichi Yamamoto

A Phonetic Adaptation Module for Spoken Dialogue Systems
Eran Raveh and Ingmar Steiner


Towards Learning Transferable Conversational Skills using Multi-dimensional Dialogue Modelling
Simon Keizer and Verena Rieser

Towards a Dialogue System with Long-term, Episodic Memory
Daniel Kondratyuk and Casey Kennington

Towards End-to-End Modeling of Spoken Language Understanding in a Cloud-based Spoken Dialog System
Yao Qian, Rutuja Ubale, Vikram Ramanaryanan, David Suendermann-Oeft, Keelan Evanini, Patrick Lange and Eugene Tsuprun

Concern-Alignment for Negotiation and Joint Inquiry in Dialogues
Yasuhiro Katagiri, Katsuya Takanashi, Masato Ishizaki, Mika Enomoto and Yasuharu Den

Training Argumentation Skills with Argumentative Writing Support
Christian Stab and Iryna Gurevych

Syntactic Priming by Japanese EFL Learners in Dialogue Contexts based on Different Task Types
Miwa Morishita and Yasunari Harada

A transferentive connective marker -etaka in Korean: Perspectives of Grammaticalilzation and Pragmatics
Sunhee Yae

17:00 Sponsor Session
(E1.3 HS002)
Chair: Ethan Selfridge
17:45 Break
18:15 Welcome Reception (E2.2 back yard)


Wednesday 16th August 2017
09:00 Keynote Speaker: Elisabeth André
Empowering Human-Robot Dialogue by Affective Computing Research
(E2.2 Günter Hotz Lecture Hall, ground floor)
Chair: David DeVault
10:00 Coffee Break (E 1.3 open area, ground floor)
Oral Session 2
Turn-Taking and Real-Time Interaction
(E1.3 HS 002 room)
Chair: Kristiina Jokinen
Oral Session 2
(E.3 HS 001 room)
Chair: Ichiro Umata
10:30 Towards a General, Continuous Model of Turn-taking in Spoken Dialogue using LSTM Recurrent Neural Networks
Gabriel Skantze
Unimodal and Bimodal Backchannels in Conversational English
Gaelle Ferre and Suzanne Renaudier
10:55 Attentive listening system with backchanneling, response generation and flexible turn-taking
Divesh Lala, Pierrick Milhorat, Koji Inoue, Masanari Ishida, Katsuya Takanashi and Tatsuya Kawahara
Multimodal Coreference Resolution for Exploratory Data Visualization Dialogue: Context-Based Annotation and Gesture Identification
Abhinav Kumar, Jillian Aurisano, Barbara Di Eugenio, Andrew Johnson, Abeer Alsaiari, Nigel Flowers, Alberto Gonzalez and Jason Leigh
11:20 Using Reinforcement Learning to Model Incrementality in a Fast-Paced Dialogue Game
Ramesh Manuvinakurike, David DeVault and Kallirroi Georgila
(Perceptual) grounding as interaction
Simon Dobnik and Amelie Åstbom
11:45 Lunch (D 4.1 Uni Mensa)*
Special Session: Natural Language Generation for Dialogue Systems
(E1.3 HS 002 room)
Chair: Vera Demberg
Oral Session 3
Computational Dialogue Modelling
(E1.3 HS 001 room)
Chair: Staffan Larsson
Introduction to the Special Session
Session Organizers: Marilyn Walker, Verena Rieser, Vera Demberg, Dietrich Klakow, Dilek Hakkani-Tur, David M. Howcroft, Shereen Oraby
Challenging Neural Dialogue Models with Natural Data: Memory Networks Fail on Incremental Phenomena
Igor Shalyminov, Arash Eshghi and Oliver Lemon
Redundancy Localization for the Conversationalization of Unstructured Responses
Sebastian Krause, Mikhail Kozhevnikov, Eric Malmi and Daniele Pighin
Computing negotiation update semantics in multi-issue bargaining dialogues
Volha Petukhova, Harry Bunt and Andrei Malchanau
Neural Language Generation in Dialogue using RNN Encoder-Decoder with Semantic Aggregation
Van-Khanh Tran and Le-Minh Nguyen
Dialogue Act Semantic Representation and Classification Using Recurrent Neural Networks
Pinelopi Papalampidi, Elias Iosif and Alexandros Potamianos
The E2E Dataset: New Challenges For End-to-End Generation
Jekaterina Novikova, Ondřej Dušek and Verena Rieser
A surprisingly effective out-of-the-box char2char model on the E2E NLG Challenge dataset
Shubham Agarwal and Marc Dymetman
Verena Rieser, Hadar Shemtov, Amanda Stent, Milica Gasic
Resuscitation procedures as multi-party dialogue
Ernisa Marzuki, Hannah Rohde, Chris Cummins, Gareth Clegg and Holly Branigan
15:00 Coffee Break (E 1.3 open area, ground floor)
Joint Poster/Demo Session
(E1.3 open area, ground floor – posters; E 1.3 014, 015 and 016 rooms – demos)
Poster Chairs: Ye Tian, Annie Louis
Demo Chairs: Ivana Kruijff-Korbayová, Volha Petukhova
10 SIGDIAL Posters 5 SemDial Posters
A surprisingly effective out-of-the-box char2char model on the E2E NLG Challenge dataset
Shubham Agarwal and Marc Dymetman (Part of NLG special session)Adversarial evaluation for open-domain dialogue generation
Elia Bruni and Raquel Fernandez (Part of WOCHAT special session)Are you serious?: Rhetorical Questions and Sarcasm in Social Media Dialog
Shereen Oraby, Vrindavan Harrison, Amita Misra, Ellen Riloff and Marilyn WalkerAutomatic Mapping of French Discourse Connectives to PDTB Discourse Relations
Majid Laali and Leila KosseimGenerating and Evaluating Summaries for Partial Email Threads: Conversational Bayesian Surprise and Silver Standards
Jordon Johnson, Vaden Masrani, Giuseppe Carenini and Raymond NgHow Would You Say It? Eliciting Lexically Diverse Dialogue for Supervised Semantic Parsing
Abhilasha Ravichander, Thomas Manzini, Matthias Grabmair, Graham Neubig, Jonathan Francis and Eric NybergMACA: A Modular Architecture for Conversational Agents
Hoai Phuoc Truong, Prasanna Parthasarathi and Joelle Pineau

Natural Language Input for In-Car Spoken Dialog Systems: How Natural is Natural?
Patricia Braunger and Wolfgang Maier

Predicting Causes of Reformulation in Intelligent Assistants
Shumpei Sano, Nobuhiro Kaji and Manabu Sassano

The E2E Dataset: New Challenges For End-to-End Generation
Jekaterina Novikova, Ondřej Dušek and Verena Rieser
(Part of NLG special session)

Factor Analysis of Gazing Activities in Native and Second Language Conversations
Ichiro Umata, Koki Ijuin and Seiichi Yamamoto 

Incremental Processing for Neural Conversation Models
Pierre Lison and Casey Kennington


Incremental Joint Modelling for Dialogue State Tracking
Anh Duong Trinh, Robert J. Ross and John D. Kelleher

An Open Source Standards-Compliant Voice Browser with Support for Multiple Language Understanding Implementations
Dirk Schnelle-Walka, Vikram Ramanarayanan, Stefan Radomski, Patrick Lange and David Suendermann-Oeft

Towards a Natural User Interface for Small Groups in Real Museum Environments
Marco Valentino, Maria Di Maro and Franco Cutugno

7 SIGDIAL Demos 2 SemDial Poster/Demos
A Multimodal Dialogue System for Medical Decision Support inside Virtual Reality
Alexander Prange, Margarita Chikobava, Peter Poller, Michael Barz and Daniel SonntagDemonstration of interactive teaching for end-to-end dialog control with hybrid code networks
Jason D Williams and Lars LidenDialPort, Gone Live: An Update After A Year of Development
Kyusong Lee, Tiancheng Zhao, Yulun Du, Edward Cai, Allen Lu, Eli Pincus, David Traum, Stefan Ultes, Lina M. Rojas Barahona, Milica Gasic, Steve Young and Maxine EskenaziLearning how to learn: an adaptive dialogue agent for incrementally learning visually grounded word meanings
Yanchao Yu, Arash Eshghi and Oliver LemonLessons in Dialogue System Deployment
Anton Leuski and Ron ArtsteinInformation Navigation System with Discovering User Interests
Koichiro Yoshino, Yu Suzuki and Satoshi NakamuraSHIHbot: A Facebook chatbot for Sexual Health Information on HIV/AIDS
Jacqueline Brixey, Rens Hoegen, Wei Lan, Joshua Rusow, Karan Singla, Xusen Yin, Ron Artstein and Anton Leuski
An Intelligent Digital Assistant for Clinical Operating Rooms
Juliana Miehle, Nadine Gerstenlauer, Daniel Ostler, Hubertus Feußner, Wolfgang Minker and Stefan Ultes
Argumentative dialogue system based on argumentation structures
Ryuichiro Higashinaka, Kazuki Sakai, Hiroaki Sugiyama, Hiromi Narimatsu, Tsunehiro Arimoto, Takaaki Fukutomi, Kiyoaki Matsui, Yusuke Ijima, Hiroaki Ito, Shoko Araki, Yuichiro Yoshikawa, Hiroshi Ishiguro and Yoshihiro Matsuo
17:30 Break
17:40 Bus to Voelklingen (outside E1.3)
18:25 Voelklingen Huette Excursion
20:15 Dinner


Thursday 17th August 2017
09:00 Keynote Speaker: Andrew Kehler
Conversational Eliciture in a Bayesian Model of Language Interpretation
(E2.2 Günter Hotz Lecture Hall, ground floor)
Chair: Annie Louis
10:00 Coffee Break (E 1.3 open area, ground floor)
Oral Session 3
Modeling Semantics and Pragmatics
(E1.3 HS 002 room)
Oral Session 4
Learning/child-adult interactions
(E1.3 HS 001 room)
Chair: Barbara Di Eugenio
10:30 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
Finding the Zone of Proximal Development: Student-Tutor Second Language Dialogue Interactions
Arabella Sinclair, Jon Oberlander and Dragan Gasevic
10:55 Modelling Protagonist Goals and Desires in First-Person Narrative
Elahe Rahimtoroghi, Jiaqi Wu, Ruimin Wang, Pranav Anand and Marilyn Walker
Dialogue Acts and Updates for Semantic Coordination
Staffan Larsson and Jenny Myrendal
11:20 The Role of Conversation Context for Sarcasm Detection in Online Interactions
Debanjan Ghosh, Alexander Richard Fabbri and Smaranda Muresan
Designing interactive, automated dialogues for L2 pragmatics learning
Veronika Timpe-Laughlin, Keelan Evanini, Ashley Green, Ian Blood, Judit Dombi and Vikram Ramanarayanan
11:45 Lunch (D4.1 Uni Mensa)*
Second WOCHAT Special Session on Chatbots and
Conversational Agents (WOCHAT-SS)

(E1.3 HS 002)
Session Chair: Ryuichiro Higashinaka
13:00 Introduction to the Special Session
Session Organizers: Ryuichiro Higashinaka, Ron Artstein, Rafael E. Banchs, Wolfgang Minker
13:10 Lexical Acquisition through Implicit Confirmations over Multiple Dialogues
Kohei Ono, Ryu Takeda, Eric Nichols, Mikio Nakano and Kazunori Komatani
13:35 Evaluating Natural Language Understanding Services for Conversational Question Answering Systems
Daniel Braun, Adrian Hernandez-Mendez, Florian Matthes and Manfred Langen
14:00 A data-driven model of explanation sequences for a chatbot that helps to practice conversation in a foreign language
Sviatlana Höhn
14:25 Shared Task Update Report
Ryuichiro Higashinaka
14:40 Wrap-up Discussion and Future Plans
Session Organizers: Ryuichiro Higashinaka, Ron Artstein, Rafael E. Banchs, Wolfgang Minker
15:00 Coffee Break (E 1.3 open area, ground floor)
15:30 Oral Session 4
Context in Discourse and Dialogue
(E1.3 HS 002 room)
SemDial Closing
(E1.3 HS 001 room)
Volha Petukhova, Ye Tian
15:30 Towards Full Text Shallow Discourse Relation Annotation: Experiments with Cross-Paragraph Implicit Relations in the PDTB
Rashmi Prasad, Katherine Forbes-Riley and Alan Lee
15:55 Hierarchical Dialogue Context Modeling for Conversational Language Understanding
Ankur Bapna, Gokhan Tur, Dilek Hakkani-Tur and Larry Heck
16:20 Not All Dialogues are Created Equal: Instance Weighting for Neural Conversational Models
Pierre Lison and Serge Bibauw
16:50 Break
17:00 SIGDIAL Business Meeting
(E1.3 HS 002 room)
Chairs: Jason Williams, Ethan Selfridge
17:40 SIGDIAL Best Paper Awards
David DeVault, Annie Louis
Kristiina Jokinen, Manfred Stede
(E1.3 HS 002 room)
18:10 End of Conference

*Lunch vouchers for Uni Mensa are included in the participant’s registration package