NIPS Conversational Intelligence Challenge

NIPS 2017 Live Competition

The Conversational Intelligence Challenge section on NIPS 2017 Competition Track Workshop

Fri Dec 8th 01:30 PM – 03:30 PM @ 103 A+B

Competition III: The Conversational Intelligence Challenge

01:30 PM - 01:45 PM Introduction by the competition chairs, presentation of the challenge, its design, obtained results.

01:45 PM - 01:50 PM Awarding prize.

01:50 PM - 02:00 PM Short presentation by winning team.

02:00 PM - 02:30 PM Inspirational talk by Alexander Rudnicky

Blended Conversations

Current automatic systems use limited models of conversation with humans. Historically research in dialog systems has focused on goal-directed interaction for which objective measures of success could be defined. More recently attention has turned to so-called open-domain conversation chatbots, similar to social exchanges between people but for which measures of success are not yet agreed upon. On reflection, natural human communication is mostly a combination of task, social and likely other levels. The challenge is to understand how to manage such communication in a way that reflects human capabilities.

02:30 PM - 03:00 PM Panel discussion moderated by Julian Serban. The participants are Alexander Rudnicky (CMU), Dilek Hakkani-Tur (Google), Jianfeng Gao (MS Research) and Joelle Pineau (McGill U and FAIR).

The goal is to discuss open and future research problems related to dialogue systems and chatbots, in particular related to challenges such as this competition, the Alexa Prize competition and the DSTC competition.

03:00 PM - 03:30 PM Coffee break + Poster session.

Full Competition Track schedule