Call for papers: Special Issue on Natural Language Generation (NLG) for Spoken Dialogue Systems (SDS)


It is our pleasure to announce the first call for papers for a special issue on Natural Language Generation (NLG) for Spoken Dialogue Systems (SDS) to be published as part of the Dialogue & Discourse journal.

Language generation for dialogue requires sophistication in modelling the context of the dialogue, as well as methods that are sensitive to the rhetorical structure of a turn, and to the requirement that turns in dialogue are typically incremental and structured as oral, rather than written language. We therefore especially invite submissions which address these gaps, whether by introducing novel statistical or neural approaches or by leveraging data to improve natural language generation for dialogue using a more traditional architecture. In contrast to previous targeted volumes on NLG for dialogue, such as Stent and Bangalore (2014), this issue specifically targets submissions using novel statistical and neural approaches for generation, and evaluations of the strengths and weaknesses of such methods in comparison to more traditional methods.

Dialogue and Discourse (D&D ) is the first peer-reviewed free open access journal dedicated exclusively to work that deals with language "beyond the sentence". As of April 2017, D&D has published 57 papers, and the journal’s h-index is 16. D&D is endorsed by SIGdial, SemDial, and AMLaP. D&D is indexed by Scopus and the European Reference Index for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Submissions are made via the online submission system at Authors are required to indicate if a submission is an extended version of one or more previously published conference paper(s); simultaneous submission to another venue is prohibited. Submissions will undergo rigorous peer-review with the target timeline below. Once accepted and finalised, papers will appear online immediately, as part of the current issue. 

Dialogue and Discourse Editors Issue Editors:

Verena Rieser (Heriot-Watt University)
Marilyn Walker (University of California Santa Cruz)
Vera Demberg (Saarland University)

Editor In Chief:

David Schlangen

Associate Editors:

Vera Demberg, Saarland University
Barbara Di Eugenio, University of Illinois at Chicago
Raquel Fernandez, ILLC, University of Amsterdam
Jonathan Ginzburg, Université Paris-Diderot (Paris 7)
Pat Healey, Queen Mary University London
Massimo Poesio, Uni Essex, United Kingdom
David Schlangen, Bielefeld University
Manfred Stede, University of Potsdam, Germany
Amanda Stent, Bloomberg LP
Maite Taboada, Simon Fraser University, Canada
David R Traum, University of Southern California, United States

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