The 1st RobotDial Workshop on Dialogue Models for Human-Robot Interaction (Joint Workshop of RobotDial and LaCATODA)

Workshop in conjunction with IJCAI-PRICAI 2020

ROBOTDIAL 2020 will take place on the 8th of January 2021 and is completely online via Virtual Chair and Zoom. Please access the following link to view instructions and access the workshop. Our workshop number is #19. We have also invited papers from the LaCATODA workshop. Thanks for your understanding and stay safe!

Large communities in AI, robotics and interaction technology already work on spoken language-based human-robot interaction. Their different starting points and assumptions call for discussions, exchange of ideas and more integrated approaches to implementations and modelling of spoken dialogues on robot platforms.

This one-day workshop offers a platform for researchers to discuss and elaborate their views at the intersection of AI, robotics and spoken dialogue modelling. Sophisticated interaction models and implementations are critical in this endeavour but are not often explicitly addressed. Dialogue modelling and dialogue system implementations, on their part, are often developed without sufficiently considering how the models could be used in an embodied robotic system which also interacts with the environment.

This workshop originated from discussions at Dagstuhl Seminar 20021: Spoken Language Interaction with Virtual Agents and Robots (SLIVAR): Towards Effective and Ethical Interaction. It offers a platform for discussions concerning appropriate architectures and representations, in order to build a joint understanding of the aspects and features that address the pertinent questions in the multidisciplinary field of robot dialogues.


Call for papers

We encourage submissions related, but not limited to, the following topics:

Authors should use the same paper format as IJCAI 2020, available here

Paper submission is through EasyChair

Authors should submit their paper up until the submission deadline on August 28. Short papers are a maximum of 4 pages and long papers are a maximum of 8 pages, excluding references. We will discuss the possibility of publishing in a special issue journal at the workshop.

Important Dates

Program Schedule

The workshop will be held on Friday the 8th of January and is completely online. Virtual Chair and Zoom will be used as the platform for communication. We have attempted to accommodate speakers from around the world, with two main sessions during the morning and evening (Japanese time). Regular paper talks will be approximately 15 minutes, with 5 minutes for questions. Special and invited talks will be approximately 35 minutes, with 10 minutes for questions.

Opening and keynote (Chaired by Kristiina Jokinen and Divesh Lala)

12.00am UTC / 1.00am CET / 9.00am
Opening remarks

12.15am UTC / 1.15am CET / 9.15am JST
Nigel Ward and Matthew Marge - Spoken Language Interaction with Robots: Discussion Session

Paper talks 1 (Chaired by Divesh Lala)

1.00am UTC / 2.00am CET / 10.00am JST
Daina Teranishi and Masahiro Araki - Improving user engagement with dialogue systems through meaningful response generation

1.20am UTC / 2.20am CET / 10.20am JST
Kristiina Jokinen - Cascaded Dialogue Modelling for Situated Human-Robot Interactions


Paper talks 2 (Chaired by Kristiina Jokinen)

2.00am UTC / 3.00am CET / 11.00am JST
Divesh Lala, Koji Inoue, Kenta Yamamoto and Tatsuya Kawahara - Findings from human-android dialogue research with ERICA

2.20am UTC / 3.20am CET / 11.20am JST
Seiya Kawano, Koichiro Yoshino, David Traum and Satoshi Nakamura - Dialogue Structure Parsing on Multi-Floor Dialogue Based on Multi-Task Learning


Paper talks 3 (Chaired by Rafal Rzepka)

3.00am UTC / 4.00am CET / 12.00pm JST
Hiromi Narimatsu, Hiroaki Sugiyama, Masahiro Mizukami and Tsunehiro Arimoto - Rationale for Using Chat-Oriented Dialogue System’s Experience to Convey Empathy

3.20am UTC / 4.20am CET / 12.20pm JST
Juuso Eronen, Michal Ptaszynski, Fumito Masui, Gniewosz Leliwa, Michal Wroczynski, Mateusz Piech and Alexander Smywinski-Pohl - Initial Study into Application of Feature Density and Linguistically-backed Embeddings to Improve Machine Learning-based Cyberbullying Detection


4.00am UTC / 5.00am CET / 1.00pm JST
Final discussions

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Paper talks 4 (Chaired by Pierre Lison)

8.00am UTC / 9.00am CET / 5.00pm JST
Opening remarks

8.20am UTC / 9.20am CET / 5.20pm JST
Bernd Kiefer and Christian Willms - Implementing Diverse Robotic Interactive Systems Using VOnDA

8.40am UTC / 9.40am CET / 5.40pm JST
Ivana Kruijff-Korbayova and Kristiina Jokinen - Dialogue Processing and System Involvement in Multimodal Task Dialogues


Paper talks 5 (Chaired by Martin Heckmann)

9.20am UTC / 10.20am CET / 6.20pm JST
Stefan Schiffer, Julia Arndt, Laura Platte, Jayadev Madyal and Marlon Spangenberg - DiaBuLI - Building Dialogues for Human-Robot Interactions by Learning from Object Information

9.40am UTC / 10.40am CET / 6.40pm JST
Karol Nowakowski, Michal Ptaszynski and Fumito Masui - Spicing up the Game for Underresourced Language Learning: Preliminary Experiments with Ainu Language-speaking Pepper Robot


LaCATODA invited talk (Chaired by Rafael Rzepka)

10.20am UTC / 11.20am CET / 7.20pm JST
Patrycja Tempska, Gniewosz Leliwa - Overcoming Evil with Good: Reducing Verbal Violence with Automatic Counter-speech Interventions (LaCATODA invited talk)


11.20am UTC / 12.20pm CET / 8.20pm JST
Final discussions, wrap up


Workshop Organizers

Please direct any questions about the conference to the organisers by email:

Program Committee