I’m co-organizing a workshop on dialogue at NIPS 2016. is not a traditional forum for research, but there are increasing number of people (like myself!) in machine who are becoming interested in , so the time seemed right. From a personal perspective, is interesting because 1) it smells like AI, 2) recent advances in (deep learning) NLP techniques suggest the problem is more tractable and ) corporate interest means both money and will be plentiful. Honestly, the first point is very : it was impossible to explain to my kids the minutiae on which I previously worked, whereas now I can show them videos like this. However, there are a lot of issues in dialogue that aren’t going to be demolished merely by using a flexible hypothesis class, so I felt the need to educate myself about the activities of veteran dialogue researchers, and the best way to ensure that was to organize a and invite some of them.

Hopefully you’ll join the conversation.

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