*The 14th annual Young Researchers’ Roundtable on Spoken Dialogue Systems
(YRRSDS) will be held at RMIT, Melbourne, Australia (collocated with ACL
and SIGdial) on July 10-11, 2018.YRRSDS (www.yrrsds.org
<http://www.yrrsds.org>) is an annual workshop for graduate students,
postdoctoral students, and junior researchers working on spoken dialogue
systems in both academia and industry. The workshop serves as an
interdisciplinary forum for creative thinking about current issues in
spoken dialogue systems research and helps to create an international
network of young researchers working in the field. We invite researchers at
an early stage of their career (no age limit) to submit a 2-page position
paper. This should include their past, present and future work, a short
bio, and topic suggestions for discussions. Poster presentation by all
participants is expected. However, posters need only present current work
and not necessarily be from a published paper. Submission topics include,
but are not limited to:•  Open domain, task oriented dialogue, and chat
systems•  Models of dialogue: statistical, symbolic, and hybrid approaches•
 Dialogue state tracking and policy learning for dialogue management•
 Spoken language understanding and natural language generation for
dialogue•  Evaluation methodology for dialogue systems•  Semantics,
pragmatics, and context in dialogue systems•  Incremental spoken dialogue
systems•  Situated interaction with virtual and robotic agents•
 Psycholinguistic influences on dialogue system design•  Establishing
social relationships and engagement with the user•  Data collection and
dataset sharing for statistical models•  Industry development cycles,
requirements, and applicationsImportant DatesSubmission open: 9 March
2018Submission deadline: 27 April 2018Author notification: 25 May
2018Registration opens: 1 June 2018YRRSDS 2018: 10-11 July 2018Looking
forward to meet you there!Best wishes,YRRSDS 2018 organizing committee:Lina
Brixey                           USC Institute for Creative
TechnologiesKalesha Bullard                    Georgia Institute of
TechnologyAdriana Camacho                University of Texas at El
PasoRamesh Manuvinakurike         University of Southern CaliforniaEran
Raveh                          Saarland UniversityZahra Razavi
                     University of RochesterMaria Schmidt
                     Daimler AG/Ulm UniversityDamiano Spina
                   RMIT University, MelbourneJohanne Trippas
                 RMIT University, MelbourneTiancheng Zhao
Carnegie Mellon University*

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