The Future Directions of
Dialogue-Based Intelligent Personal Assistants

SIGDIAL 2016 Special Session (Los Angeles, USA)

The Era of Intelligent Personal Assistants

Today is the era of intelligent personal assistants. All the major tech giants have introduced personal assistants as the front end of their services, including Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana, Facebook’s M, and Amazon’s Alexa. Several of these companies have also released bot toolkits so that other smaller companies can join the fray. However, while the quality of conversational interactions with intelligent personal assistants is crucial for their success in both business and personal applications, fundamental problems, such as discourse processing, computational pragmatics, user modeling, and collecting and annotating adequate real data, remain unsolved. Furthermore, the intelligent personal assistants of tomorrow raise a whole set of new technical problems.


The special SIGDIAL session "The Future of Dialogue-Based Intelligent Personal Assistants" will consist of talks and posters that introduce and evaluate solutions to dialogue system challenges preventing the development of effective and compelling intelligent personal assistants. Researchers from both academia and industry are welcome. A panel of notable academic and industry players will lead to insights on future directions.


Session Format

The special session will last 2.5 hours and will consist of long/short paper presentations, poster presentations, and a panel discussion entitled “The Future Directions of Dialogue Based Intelligent Personal Assistants”.

This special session will be a part of the 17th Annual SIGdial Meeting on Discourse and Dialogue (SIGDIAL 2016), September 13-15 in Los Angeles, USA.


Call for Papers

The organizers welcome the submission of long papers and short papers. Papers must be follow the SIGDIAL submission format. For the further information, please visit the SIGDIAL 2016 official page.

Long and Short Paper Submission Deadline: 15 May, 2016 (23:59, GMT-11)

  • Long papers must be no longer than eight pages, including title, text, figures and tables. An unlimited number of pages are allowed for references. Two additional pages are allowed for example discourses or dialogues and algorithms.
  • Short papers should be no longer than four pages including title, text, figures and tables. An unlimited number of pages are allowed for references.

Accepted papers will appear in the SIGDIAL proceedings must follow the same review process as normal SIGDIAL papers. Reviews for these papers are managed by the PC as usual.

The topics may include, but are not restricted to, the following:

  • Long-term User Modeling and Personalization for dialogue-based IPAs Character and Personality for IPAs
  • Open Domain Dialogue with IPAs
  • Discourse Processing for IPAs
  • Generating and Deploying location Aware Dialogue for IPAs
  • Large-scale Data Collection and/or annotation for IPAs
  • New Applications of IPAs
  • Evaluation of IPAs
  • New dialogue system architectures for IPAs

Panel Discussion


The Future Directions of Dialogue-Based Intelligent Personal Assistants


Organizers and Sponsors


Advisory Board



If you have further questions, please contact Yoichi Matsuyama ( or Alexandros Papangelis (