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Third Workshop

on Chatbots and Conversational Agent Technologies


Collocated with IWSDS 2018, in Singapore, May 2018

Workshop Description

Although chat-oriented dialogue systems have been around for many years (almost fifty years indeed, if we consider Weizenbaum's Eliza system as the starting milestone), they have been recently gaining a lot of popularity in both research and commercial arenas. From the commercial stand point, chat-oriented dialogue seems to be providing an excellent means to engage users for entertainment purposes, as well as to give a more human-like appearance to established vertical goal-oriented dialogue systems.

From the research perspective, on the other hand, this kind of systems poses interesting challenges and problems to the research community. The main objective of the workshop is to bring together researchers working on problems related to chat-oriented dialogue for promoting discussion and knowledge sharing about the state-of-the-art and novel techniques in this field, as well as to coordinate a collaborative effort to collect/generate data, resources and evaluation protocols for future research in this area.

Topics of Interest

This workshop invites original research contributions on all aspects of chat-oriented dialogue, including closely related areas such as knowledge representation and reasoning, language generation, and natural language understanding, among others. In this sense the workshop will invite for both long and short paper submissions in areas including (but not restricted to):

  • Chat-oriented dialogue systems
  • Data collections and resources
  • Information extraction
  • Natural language understanding
  • General domain knowledge representation
  • Common sense and reasoning
  • Natural language generation
  • Emotion detection and generation
  • Sense of humour detection and generation
  • Chat-oriented dialogue evaluation
  • User studies and system evaluation
  • Multimodal human-computer interaction

Paper Format and Submissions

Paper submissions to WOCHAT should follow the IWSDS 2018 paper submission policy. Submissions should be anonymous and in Springer LNCS format. Prospective authors are invited to submit full papers (up to 12 pages) or short papers (up to 8 pages). Paper submissions must be done in electronic format through the IWSDS 2018 conference submission page, where you must select "WOCHAT" under the available submission categories.

Important Dates

  • January 14, 2018: Paper Submission Deadline
  • February 18, 2018: Paper Acceptance Notification
  • March 4, 2018: Camera Ready Version Deadline
  • May 2018: WOCHAT @ IWSDS 2018 in Singapore