The 2nd International Workshop on Search-Oriented Conversational AI (SCAI)
at EMNLP 2018, Brussels, Belgium 🇧🇪, October 31 or November 1 (exact date TBD).
More and more information is found and consumed in a conversational form rather than using traditional search engines. Chatbots, personal assistants in our phones and eyes-free devices are being used increasingly more for different purposes, including information retrieval and exploration. On the other side, information retrieval empowers dialogue systems to answer questions and to get context for assisting the user in her tasks. With the recent success of deep learning in different areas of natural language processing, this appears to be the right foundation to power search conversationalization. While there is significant progress in building goal-oriented dialogue systems and open-domain chit-chat bots, more remains to be done for theory and practice of conversation-based search and search-based dialogues.
This workshop aims to bring together researchers from the NLP, Machine Learning, and IR communities to lay the ground for search-oriented conversational AI and establish future directions and collaborations.
The 1st edition of the workshop was co-located with International Conference on the Theory of Information Retrieval (ICTIR 2017).
Topics of Interest
- Surfacing search results in form of a dialogue (how to present information that search gives us in a form of a dialogue? Which model to use for dialogue-state tracking?)
- Evaluation of search-oriented conversational AI: despite early attempts at
computing dialogue system’s quality in a scalable way
- From conversational AI to personal assistants (how to maintain a stable and consistent assistant behavior)
- The role of personalization for conversational AI and for its evaluation (users are different, can we personalize their experience?)
- Deep Learning for conversational AI
- (Deep) Reinforcement Learning for conversational AI
- Voice as input (voice interactions with a personal assistant: how it will affect existing models?)
- Submission: July 27
- Notification: August 18
- Camera-ready version: August 31
- Aleksandr Chuklin, Google Research Europe, Zürich
- Jeff Dalton, University of Glasgow, Glasgow
- Julia Kiseleva, UserSat.com & University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam
- Alexey Borisov, Yandex & University of Amsterdam, Moscow
- Mikhail Burtsev, MIPT, Moscow
- Joelle Pineau, McGill University
- Michel Galley, Microsoft Research
- Maarten de Rijke, University of Amsterdam
- Invited Speakers and Oral Presentation
- Panel Discussion. You can send us your suggestions here.
- Breakout Session to plan a roadmap for Conversational AI
- Poster Session