CATALOG'04: first CFP

Jonathan Ginzburg ginzburg at
Tue Dec 30 02:02:35 EST 2003

There has recently been increasing interest in applying type theoretic 
techniques to problems of natural language semantics, specifically 
dialogue [see e.g. the Swedish Science Council's project "Records, types 
and computational dialogue semantics" involving Cooper, Coquand et al]. 
We would welcome submissions on related topics.

                         First Call for Papers



                         Pompeu Fabra University
                          July 19-21 2004

		   (Apologies for Multiple Postings)

Workshop URL:

Catalog'04 will be the eighth in a series of workshops that aims to bring
together researchers working on the semantics and pragmatics of dialogues
in fields such as artificial intelligence, formal semantics and pragmatics, computational linguistics, philosophy, and psychology.  The Dial/Log conferences are always stimulating and fun and Barcelona, which will host ACL 2004 immediately following Catalog'04, is a great place to visit. Barcelona will also host, during the summer of 2004, its 'Forum 2004', a huge cultural fair full of events, exhibits, and performances ( So 
mark your calendar now.


Massimo Poesio (University of Essex),
Michael Tannenhaus (University of Rochester), 
Two other speakers to be announced

We invite abstracts on all topics related to the semantics and
pragmatics of dialogues, including, but not limited to:

- models of common ground/mutual belief in communication
- modelling agents' information states and how they get updated
- multi-agent models and turn-taking
- goals, intentions and commitments in communication
- semantic interpretation in dialogues
- reference in dialogues
- ellipsis resolution in dialogues
- dialogue and discourse structure
- interpretation of questions and answers
- nonlinguistic interaction in communication
- natural language understanding and reasoning in spoken dialogue systems
- multimodal dialogue systems
- dialogue management in practical implementations
- categorisation of dialogue moves or speech acts in corpora
- designing and evaluating dialogue systems


Authors should submit an anonymous extended abstract of at most 5
single-column pages (for talks with a duration of 25' plus 10'
discussion) together with a separate page specifying the authors'
names, affiliation, address, and e-mail address. The abstracts should
be submitted electronically (in postscript, html, ascii, or pdf
format) to: <catalog04 at>
Submissions have to be in English, which is the workshop language. For the accepted talks, a LaTeX style will be made available for the preparation of the final version.


Abstracts due: March 12, 2004
Acceptance notice: May 5, 2004
Final version due: June 5, 2004
Conference: July 19-21, 2004


Anton Benz (Syddansk Universitet),  
Johan Bos (University of Edinburgh), 
Justine Cassell (Northwestern University)
Lawrence Cavedon (CSLI, Stanford), 
Robin Cooper (Göteborgs Universitet),
Paul Dekker, (University of Amsterdam) 
Claire Gardent (CNRS, Loria) 
Simon Garrod (University of Glasgow), 
Jonathan Ginzburg (King's College, London, Chair)
Pat Healey (Queen Mary, University of London),
Ivana Kruijff Korbayova  (Universität des Saarlandes), 
Staffan Larsson (Göteborgs Universitet), 
Colin Matheson (University of Edinburgh), 
David Milward (Linguamatics, Cambridge),
Massimo Poesio (University of Essex), 
Hannes Reiser (Universität Bielefeld), 
David Traum (USC)


The workshop will take place at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in the city of
Barcelona (exact venue to be announced). The local committee is chaired by Enric Vallduví. 

Previous workshops in the SEMDIAL series include:
(see also )

MunDial'97 (Munich)
Twendial'98 (Twente)
Amstelogue'99 (Amsterdam)
Gotalog'00 (Gothenburg)
Bidialog'01 (Bielefeld) 
EDILOG'02 (Edinburgh)


Dept of Computer Science
King's College, London
The Strand, London WC2R 2LS

phone: +44-20-7848-2752
fax:   +44-20-7848-2851
ginzburg at

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