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22 - 24 August 2022, 26th Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue (SemDial / DubDial 2022), Dublin (Ireland) & Virtual

Date: 22 - 24 August 2022
Location: Dublin (Ireland) & Virtual
Deadline: Thursday 2 June 2022

DubDial will be the 26th edition of the SemDial workshop series, which aims to bring together researchers working on the semantics and pragmatics of dialogue in fields such as formal semantics and pragmatics, computational linguistics, artificial intelligence, philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience. In 2022 the workshop will be hosted by the Information, Communication and Entertainment Research Institute at Technological University Dublin, Ireland and the SFI ADAPT Research Centre. There will also be an online component for those who cannot travel to Dublin.

This year, there will be a guiding theme for the conference: Interactivism. The interactivist model (Bickhard, 2009) offers a new dynamic approach to understanding language, communication, and cognition. Across many disciplines, from philosophy to neuroscience and robotics, there is recognition that explanations of life and mind need to be grounded in the physics of far-from-equilibrium, interactive systems. From this starting point, explanations have been developed for phenomena ranging from representation, perception, and action to motivation, memory, learning and development, emotions, consciousness, rationality, sociality, personality and psychopathology. This work has yet to develop interfaces with studies of specific phenomena in dialogue modelling and our purpose is to open the discussion on how dialogue researchers can take advantage of this and related perspectives like Enactivism and Ecological Psychology.

We welcome submissions on this special theme of Interactivism and we continue to welcome any papers with formal, computational and empirical approaches to the semantics and pragmatics of dialogue. Authors should submit an *anonymous* paper of at most 8 pages of content (an additional 2 pages are allowed for references). SemDial 2022 cannot accept work for publication or presentation that will be (or has been) published elsewhere. Submissions due: 2 June 2022.

There will be a later call for 2-page abstracts describing system demonstrations and/or ongoing projects relevant to the topics of the workshop, with submission deadline 15th July.