Part of SIGDIAL 2018
RMIT University
Melbourne, Australia

Special Session on Physically Situated Dialogue

July 12, 2018
Poster Session: 13:30 - 14:30
Talks and Panel: 15:00 - 17:15


Recent technologies have brought conversational robots out of the lab and into the homes and workplaces of real users. Dialogue is now actively taking place with robots and other smart devices to understand, operate, navigate, and manipulate physical space. Physically situated dialogue distinguishes itself from other forms of dialogue in that it (1) takes place in a physical space, (2) refers to the shared surroundings of dialogue partners, and (3) involves a physical agent that can make actions in the world. There is a growing need for showcasing bi-directional dialogue work that draws on language grounding, models of vision and language, as well as dialogue that allows physically situated agents to ask for clarification and provide updates on their internal states.


Full paper posters
13:30 - 14:30
A Situated Dialogue System for Learning Structural Concepts in Blocks World
Ian Perera, James Allen, Choh Man Teng, Lucian Galescu

Pardon the Interruption: Managing Turn-Taking through Overlap Resolution in Embodied Artificial Agents
Felix Gervits, Matthias Scheutz

Consequences and Factors of Stylistic Differences in Human-Robot Dialogue
Stephanie Lukin, Kimberly Pollard, Claire Bonial, Matthew Marge, Cassidy Henry, Ron Artstein, David Traum, Clare Voss

Turn-Taking Strategies for Human-Robot Peer-Learning Dialogue
Ranjini Das, Heather Pon-Barry
Full paper presentations
15:00 - 16:15
Predicting Perceived Age: Both Language Ability and Appearance are Important
Sarah Plane, Ariel Marvasti, Tyler Egan, Casey Kennington

Multimodal Hierarchical Reinforcement Learning Policy for Task-Oriented Visual Dialog
Jiaping Zhang, Tiancheng Zhao, Zhou Yu

Language-Guided Adaptive Perception for Efficient Grounded Communication with Robotic Manipulators in Cluttered Environments
Siddharth Patki, Thomas Howard
LBR lightning talks
16:15 - 16:45
Embodied Question Answering
Abhishek Das, Samyak Datta, Georgia Gkioxari, Stefan Lee, Devi Parikh, Dhruv Batra

Jointly Improving Parsing and Perception for Natural Language Commands through Human-Robot Dialog
Jesse Thomason, Aishwarya Padmakumar, Jivko Sinapov, Nick Walker, Yuqian Jiang, Harel Yedidsion, Justin Hart, Peter Stone, Raymond J. Mooney

Experiments in Proactive Symbol Grounding for Efficient Physically Situated Human-Robot Dialogue
Jacob Arkin, Thomas Howard
Panel Discussion
16:45 - 17:15
Thomas Howard, Casey Kennington, Ian Perera, Heather Pon-Barry, David Traum

Call for Papers

Our objectives in this special session are to showcase recent and ongoing work on physically situated dialogue, and to identify paths forward in this space from research across communities including dialogue, robotics, computer vision, NLP, and AI. The special session will feature presentations, a poster session, and a panel discussion comprising a mix of experts in the topic area. We welcome submissions on any topic related to physically situated dialogue, including but not limited to:

Researchers may choose to submit:

Long and short paper deadline: March 11

Final pdf due March 18

To submit a long or short paper, please go to the SIGDIAL 2018 main page for conference submissions (deadline March 11). When submitting, indicate “Physically Situated Dialogue” as the candidate special session. All long and short submissions must follow the SIGDIAL 2018 format.

Late-breaking and work-in-progress paper deadline: June 10

To submit a late-breaking or work-in-progress paper, please email a 2-4 page PDF (including references) formatted using the SIGDIAL 2018 format guidelines, to: by June 10. Submissions should be non-anonymized.

Important Dates

March 11, 2018 Long and short paper initial submission deadline
(SIGDIAL submission system)
March 18, 2018 Final pdf due for long and short paper submission
April 20, 2018 SIGDIAL notification of acceptance
May 13, 2018 Camera-ready submission deadline
June 10, 2018 Late-breaking and work-in-progress submission deadline
(Email directly to:
July 12-14, 2018 SIGDIAL conference


Sean Andrist, Microsoft Research
Stephanie Lukin, Army Research Lab
Matthew Marge, Army Research Lab
Jesse Thomason, University of Texas at Austin
Zhou Yu, University of California, Davis