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Fri Dec 8th 08:00 AM -- 06:30 PM @ None
Conversational AI - today's practice and tomorrow's potential
Alborz Geramifard · Jason Williams · Larry Heck · James Glass · Antoine Bordes · Steve Young · Gerald Tesauro

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In the span of only a few years, conversational systems have become commonplace. Every day, millions of people use natural-language interfaces such as Siri, Google Now, Cortana, Alexa, Facebook M and others via in-home devices, phones, or messaging channels such as Messenger, Slack, Skype, among others.  At the same time, interest among the research community in conversational systems has blossomed: for supervised and reinforcement learning, conversational systems often serve as both a benchmark task and an inspiration for new ML methods at conferences which don't focus on speech and language per se, such as NIPS, ICML, IJCAI, and others.  Research community challenge tasks are proliferating, including the sixth Dialog Systems Technology Challenge (DSTC6), the Amazon Alexa prize, and the Conversational Intelligence Challenge live competition at NIPS 2017. 

Now more than ever, it is crucial to promote cross-pollination of ideas between academic research centers and industry. The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioners in this area, to clarify impactful research problems, share findings from large-scale real-world deployments, and generate new ideas for future lines of research.   

This workshop will include invited talks from academia and industry, contributed work, and open discussion.  In these talks, senior technical leaders from many of the most popular conversational services will give insights into real usage and challenges at scale.  An open call for papers will be issued, and we will prioritize forward-looking papers that propose interesting and impactful contributions.  We will end the day with an open discussion, including a panel consisting of academic and industrial researchers.

08:20 AM Opening (Alborz)
Alborz Geramifard
08:25 AM Title by Satindar Singh
Satinder Singh
09:10 AM Accepted Paper Oral
09:30 AM Facebook/McGill Talk (Joelle)
Joelle Pineau
10:15 AM Accepted Paper Oral - 2
10:35 AM Coffee Break (1) / Poster Session
11:00 AM Google Talk (Brian and Dilek)
11:45 AM Apple Talk (Chris and Blaise)
Blaise Thomson, Chris Ré
12:30 PM Lunch / Poster Session
02:00 PM Amazon Presentation (Ashwin+Alborz)
Ashwin Ram, Alborz Geramifard
02:45 PM Accepted Paper Oral - 3
03:05 PM Coffee Break (2) / Poster Session
03:30 PM IBM Talk (David, Rudolf)
Rudolf Kadlec, David Nahamoo
04:15 PM Microsoft Talk (Lihong)
Lihong Li
05:00 PM Panel by organizers
06:00 PM Closing Remarks (Jason)
Jason Williams
06:10 PM Poster Session