Call for posters and demos: Workshop on dialogue and perception (DaP 2018) 

Deadline for submission: 26 April 2018
Notification of acceptance: 10 May 2018
Workshop date: June 14-15, 2018

Venue: Wallenberg Conference Centre, University of Gothenburg

Conference webpage:

Organised by CLASP, University of Gothenburg,

The study of dialogue investigates how natural language is used in interaction 
between interlocutors and how coordination and successful communication is 
achieved. Dialogue is multimodal, situated and embodied, with non-linguistic 
factors such as attention, eye gaze and gesture critical to understanding 
communication. However, studies on dialogue have often taken for granted that 
we align our perceptual representations, which are taken to be part of common 
ground (grounding in dialogue, Clark, 1996). They have also typically remained 
silent about how we integrate information from different sources and modalities 
and the different contribution of each of these. These assumptions are 
unsustainable when we consider interactions between agents with obviously 
different perceptual capabilities, as is the case in dialogues between humans 
and artificial agents, such as avatars or robots.

Contrarily, studies of perception have focussed on how an agent interacts with 
and interprets the information from their perceptual environment. There is 
significant research on how language is grounded in perception, how words are 
connected to perceptual representations and agent’s actions and therefore 
assigned meaning (grounding in action and perception, Harnad, 1990). In the 
last decade there has been impressive progress on integrated approaches to 
language, action, and perception, especially with the introduction of deep 
learning methods in the field of image descriptions that use end-to-end 
training from data. However, these have a limited integration to the dynamics 
of dialogue and often fail to take into account the incremental and context 
sensitive nature of language and the environment.

The aim of this workshop is to initiate a genuine dialogue between these 
related areas and to examine different approaches from computational, 
linguistic and psychological perspectives and how these can inform each other. 
It will feature invited talks by leading researchers in these areas, and high 
level contributed papers, presented as posters, selected through open 
competition and rigorous review. 

We invite papers of between 2-4 pages of content and up to one additional page 
for references, following the ACL style guidelines. The conference proceedings 
will be published online, with an ISSN, on the CLASP website. Authors will have 
the opportunity to extend their papers for the post-proceedings and will retain 
the copyright of their papers and be free to publish them elsewhere, with 

Registration is free and participation is open. We warmly invite everyone to 

Submission of papers:
EasyChair submission address:
LaTeX style files:
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Important dates:
1. Deadline for submission: 26 April 2018
2. Notification of acceptance: 10 May 2018
3. Camera ready paper due: 31 May 2018
4. Workshop date: June 14-15, 2018

Accepted Invited Speakers (so far):

- Jacob Andreas, University of California, Berkeley
- Mary Ellen Foster, University of Glasgow
- Pat Healey, Queen Mary University of London
- Ruth Kempson, King's College, London
- Per Linell, University of Gothenburg
- Gabriel Skantze, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm

Programme Committee:
Ellen Breitholtz - University of Gothenburg
Joyce Chai - Michigan State University
Simon Dobnik - University of Gothenburg (Programme co-chair)
Arash Eshghi - Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh
Kallirroi Georgila - University of Southern California
Jennifer Gerwing - Akershus University Hospital, Oslo
Jonathan Ginzburg - Universite Paris-Diderot, Paris 7
Eleni Gregoromichelaki - Heinrich Heine University, Dusseldorf
Judith Holler - Max Planck Institute of Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen
Christine Howes - University of Gothenburg (Programme co-chair)
John Kelleher - Dublin Institute of Technology
Staffan Larsson - University of Gothenburg
Greg Mills - Groningen University
James Pustejovsky - Brandeis University
David Schlangen - Bielefeld University
Candy Sidner - Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Matthew Stone - Rutgers
lelka van der Sluis - University of Groningen
Diedrich Wolter - University of Bamberg

Simon Dobnik and Christine Howes
Programme co-chairs

Centre for Linguistic Theory and Studies in Probability
Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science
University of Gothenburg
Box 200, 405 30 GÖTEBORG

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