Call for DSTC12 Track Proposals


The Twelfth Dialog System Technology Challenge (DSTC12)

Call for Track Proposals


Following on the success of the DSTC shared tasks since 2013, the DSTC organizing committees would like to invite track proposals for the 12th Dialog System Technology Challenge (DSTC12) which will be held in 2024-2025.



The challenge will consist of 3-5 tracks on the dialog research problems including, but not restricted to, the following topics:

* End-to-end dialog systems

* Dialog state tracking

* Dialog policy learning

* Spoken language understanding

* Natural language generation for dialog systems

* Multi-lingual dialog processing

* Multi-modal dialog processing

* Knowledge-grounded dialog processing

* Dialog evaluation

* Any other dialog-related tasks



Track proposals should be up to three (3) pages of main content, including the following:

* A title and a brief description of the proposed tasks.

* A description of the main novelties or innovations of the proposal. If the track is an extension of a track at a previous DSTC, explain the novelty of the extended track.

* A brief description of the datasets, and the status of their collection (from planned to already collected).

* A brief description of the evaluation methods.

* The names, short biographies, affiliations, and full contact information of the track organizers. Biographies can be included in the appendix.

* An ethics section: discuss the risks and any societal benefits related to the task and data of the proposed track. 

Track organizers are also encouraged to provide examples of input and output data in the appendix.

The ethics section, references, and appendix do not count towards the 3-page limit. 



Track proposals should be submitted by filling out the submission form. PDF format is preferred for your proposal document.

Note: the submission form contains many questions, so please read the form and share it with your team well before the deadline. Here is the list of all the questions.



The organizers of every submitted proposal are invited to present their track details at the DSTC12. Presentation is not a requirement, and we will try to accommodate remote presentation (e.g., via Zoom or recorded video).  The planning session is scheduled at the DSTC11 Workshop which will be held as an SIGdial-INLG Workshop on September 11, 2023.



* September 11, 2023: DSTC12 Planning Session @ DSTC11 Workshop

* Track Proposal Submission Deadline: date TBA

* Track Acceptance Notification: date TBA






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