It provides an international forum for the presentation of research and applications and for lively discussions among researchers as well as industrialists on different technologies related to dialog systems. The workshop will allow participants to keep track of the state of the art in spoken dialogue systems, while also promoting their understanding and participation in new related topics and areas. In the past we have hosted special sessions related to emotional chatbots, systems for health-care and elderly people, as well as industry applications.

Therefore, we believe this workshop will be interesting for people working in affective computing promoting developments and collaborations among researchers, bringing to light new applications of affective dialog systems, encourage new empirical methods in the area, and also support student participation.

Call for papers

INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON SPOKEN DIALOG SYSTEM TECHNOLOGY (IWSDS) 2020 invites proposals for Workshops and Special Sessions in any topic related to the main conference theme: Conversational Dialogue Systems for the Next Decade.


Proposal submission deadline: September 13, 2019

Proposal acceptance notification: September 17, 2019


Authors are requested to submit PDF files (maximum three pages) of their proposal to

The proposal must indicate:

  1. Whether the proposal is for a workshop or for a special session:
    • Workshops are half day events collocated either before or after the IWSDS 2020 main program. Registration to workshops is not included with IWSDS registration. Participants only interested in attending the workshops do not need to register for IWSDS.
    • Special sessions are 90-minute sessions that are part of the IWSDS main program. Registration to special sessions is included with IWSDS registration.
  2. Workshop / Special Session title
  3. Name, affiliation, e-mail and phone number of the organizers
  4. A description of the workshop / Special Session title including:
    • objectives
    • topics of interest
    • justification
    • expected number of submissions
    • tentative program
  5. Tentative program committee members (only for workshop proposals)
  6. Special audio-visual, internet, computer or equipment requirements
  7. Whether the workshop / special session have been run before:
    • where and when
    • number of participants
  8. Any additional information that might be relevant for the proposal evaluation

Important notice:

Based on the volume of submissions and other logistic constraints accepted workshops can be converted into special sessions or vice versa

IWSDS 2020 organization cannot provide any kind of financial support to workshop and special session organizers. IWSDS 2020 organization will only cover expenses related to venue, audio-visual equipment and coffee breaks for workshops and special sessions.


Chairs: Luis Fernando D’Haro (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain), Zoraida Callejas (Universidad de Granada, Spain)
Local Organizers: David Griol (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain), Marta Ruiz Costa-Jussà (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain), José Quesada (Universidad de Sevilla, Spain), María Inés Torres (UPV/EHU, Spain), Manuel Gil Martín (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain), Ricardo Kleinlein (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain), Kheng Hui Yeoh (Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore)
Steering Committee members: Maxine Eskenazi (Carnegie Mellon University, USA), Laurence Devillers (LIMSI-CNRS & Univ. Paris-Sorbonne 4, France), Rafael E. Banchs (Nanyang Technological University of Singapore), Sabato Marco Siniscalchi (Kore University of Enna, Italy)
Senior Steering Committee: Joseph Mariani (LIMSI-CNRS, France), Kristiina Jokinen (AIST Tokyo Waterfront, Japan), Haizhou Li (National University of Singapore, Singapore), Satoshi Nakamura (Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan)