Call for Special Sessions

The 25th Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue (SIGDIAL 2024) will be held in Kyoto, Japan on September 18-20, 2024. We now welcome the submission of special sessions proposals, which will take place during the main conference. The submission deadline for special session proposals is March 10, 2024, AOE.

We encourage submissions of proposals on any topic of interest to the discourse and dialogue communities. This program is intended to offer new perspectives and bring together researchers working on related topics.

Topics of interest include all aspects related to Dialogue and Discourse including (but not limited to) annotation and resources, evaluation, large language models, adversarial and RL methods, explainable/ethical AI, interactive/multimodal/situated/incremental systems, and applications of dialogue and discourse.

A SIGDIAL special session is the length of a regular session at the conference, and may be organized as a poster session, a panel session, a poster session with panel discussion, a dialogue challenge, or an oral presentation session. Special sessions may, at the discretion of the SIGDIAL organizers, be held as parallel sessions. The papers submitted to special sessions are handled by the special session organizers, but for the submitted papers to be in the SIGDIAL proceedings, they have to undergo the same review process as regular papers. The reviewers for the special session papers will be taken from the SIGDIAL program committee itself, taking into account the suggestions of the session organizers, and the program chairs will make acceptance decisions. In other words, special session organizers decide what appears in the session, while the program chairs decide what appears in the proceedings and the rest of the conference program.

** Submissions **

Special Session proposals should be 2-4 pages containing:  title, a summary of the topic, motivating theoretical interest and/or application context; a list of organizers and sponsors; and a requested session format(s): poster/panel/oral session. The special session proposals will be reviewed jointly by the general chair and program co-chairs.

** Links **

Those wishing to propose a special session may want to look at some of the sessions organized at recent SIGDial meetings:

Natural Language in Human Robot Interaction (NLiHRI 2022) (
SummDial 2021 (
SafeConvAI 2021 (
RoboDIAL 2022 (
Interactive Natural Language Technology for Explainable Artificial Intelligence 2019 (

** Important Dates **

Mar 10, 2024: Special Session Proposal Submission Deadline
Mar 22, 2024: Special Session Notifications

The proposals should be sent to