Call For Papers

The INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON SPOKEN DIALOGUE SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY (IWSDS) 2021 invites paper submissions regarding Conversational AI for natural human-centric interaction, especially on the following topics:

  • User engagement and emotion in dialogue systems
  • Proactive, anticipatory, or incremental interaction
  • Use of humour and metaphors in automatic dialogue systems
  • Multimodal and situated dialogue systems
  • Companions and personal assistant dialogue systems
  • Educational and healthcare applications
  • Big data and large scale spoken dialogue systems
  • Digital resources for interactive dialogue management
  • Domain Transfer and adaptation techniques for spoken dialog systems
  • Spoken dialog systems for low-resource languages and multilingual systems
  • Dialogue system evaluation

However, submissions are not limited to these topics and we encourage you to submit papers in all areas of spoken dialogue systems.

Categories of submissions:

  • Long Research Papers are reserved for reports on mature research results. The length of a long paper should be in the range of 8-14 pages, including references.
  • Short Research Papers should be in the range of 4-8 pages, including references. Authors may choose this category if they wish to report on smaller case studies or ongoing original research efforts.
  • Position Papers deal with novel unexplored research ideas or view-points which describe trends or fruitful starting points for future research and elicit  discussion. They should be 2 pages long, excluding references.
  • Demo Submissions – System Papers: Authors who wish to demonstrate their system may choose this category and provide a description of their system and demo. System papers should not exceed 6 pages in total.

A selection of accepted papers will be published in a book by Springer following the conference (Springer LNEE series, SCOPUS, Google Scholar, and other important indexes).

We welcome demonstrations from the authors of long and short papers which can be shown during the demo session. At the submission time, you will have an option to indicate whether the paper will be accompanied by a demonstration.


Authors are requested to submit PDF files of their manuscripts using the paper submission system through EasyChair. 

IWSDS 2021 requires that all authors wishing to present a paper take into account:

  • The paper is substantially original and will not be submitted to any   other conference or journal during the IWSDS 2021 review period.
  • The paper does not contain any plagiarism.
  • The paper will be presented by one of the authors in-person at the conference site according to the schedule published. Any paper accepted in  the technical program, but not presented on-site will be withdrawn from the official conference proceedings.

NOTE: All submitted papers are subject to a single-blind review. The change in page limits is to accommodate responses to reviewer comments only.

Special Sessions and Workshops:

In addition, IWSDS will host two special sessions. Authors can submit specific papers to any of these using the same procedure as the regular papers but selecting the specific session during the submission process: 

  • Workshop on Chatbots and Conversational AgenTs (WOCHAT)
    The main objective of the WOCHAT Special Session is to promote discussion and knowledge sharing about the state-of-the-art and novel techniques in chat-oriented dialogue, as well as to coordinate a collaborative effort to collect/generate data, resources and evaluation protocols for future research in this area. The session 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.

  • Special Session on multilingual approaches to dialogue systems and Conversational AI
    The goal of the special session on multilingual approaches to dialogue systems and conversational AI is to bring together researchers from the different disciplines (incl. NLP, HCI, Dialogue) to give them a forum to exchange ideas and identify common problems, to create synergy effects, and generally to advance the field of multilingual processing. Invited are all submissions that target structured approaches related to multilingual dialogue systems and their individual components. A focus is put on systems with a choice of language having monolingual interactions in that language, as well as approaches for handling low-resource languages and tasks (i.e. tasks with limited resources for the respective language) leveraging high-resource languages. 

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