Language Resources and Evaluation

, Volume 40, Issue 1, pp 1–4 | Cite as

Introduction to special issue on data resources, evaluation, and dialogue interaction

  • Laila DybkjærEmail author
  • Wolfgang Minker
Original Paper

This special issue on Data Resources, Evaluation, and Dialogue Interaction is based on five thoroughly revised and extended papers from the sixth SIGdial Workshop held in Lisbon, Portugal, in September 2005. SIGdial is a special interest group on discourse and dialogue whose parent organisations are the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) and the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA). SIGdial workshops accommodate a broad range of topics related to discourse and dialogue. Among these topics are data resources, evaluation, and dialogue interaction. The papers selected for this special issue have in common that they all deal with aspects of these topics and each paper has its focus on at least one of them.

Dialogue interaction is crucial to the end-user experience and there are many ways in which to improve this interaction and ensure its quality. The five papers only illustrate a few aspects of how it may be done. However, in all cases data resources and...


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We would like to thank the following external reviewers for their valuable comments and criticism: Gerhard Hanrieder, Mary Harper, Joseph Mariani, Michael McTear, John Niekrasz, Roberto Pieraccini, Norbert Reithinger, Alex Rudnicky, David Traum, and Steve Young.

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© Springer Science+Business Media 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Natural Interactive Systems LaboratoryUniversity of Southern DenmarkOdense MDenmark
  2. 2.Department of Information TechnologyUniversity of UlmUlm/DonauGermany

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