SCAI — Search-Oriented Conversational AI

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Conversational challenge announced! See website for details.


The 5nd International Workshop on Search-Oriented Conversational AI (SCAI)

Online 🌐, November 19, 2020 (co-located with EMNLP 2020).

Click here to go to the SCAI main page.

More and more information is found and consumed in a conversational form rather than using traditional search engines. Chatbots, personal assistants in our phones and eyes-free devices are being used increasingly more for different purposes, including information retrieval and exploration. On the other side, information retrieval empowers dialogue systems to answer questions and to get context for assisting the user in her tasks. With the recent success of deep learning in different areas of natural language processing, this appears to be the right foundation to power search conversationalization. Yet, we believe more can be done for theory and practice of conversation-based search and search-based dialogues.

This workshop aims to bring together researchers from the NLP, Machine Learning, and IR communities to lay the ground for search-oriented conversational AI and establish future directions and collaborations.

The 1st edition of the workshop was co-located with International Conference on the Theory of Information Retrieval (ICTIR 2017).

The 2nd edition of the workshop was co-located with the Conference on Emperical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP 2018).

The 3rd edition (special half-day edition) of the workshop was co-located with The Web Conference 2019 (TheWebConf 2019).

The 4th edition of the workshop was co-located with the International Joint Conoference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2019).

Topics of Interest

Submission format

Important Dates


Workshop Format

Invited Speakers

Accepted Papers

EMNLP Findings Presentations

ClariQ Challenge Presentations

See for more information about the challenge.

Workshop Schedule

Please check the EMNLP website for the latest schedule updates, including the schedle in your timezone.

Below is a preliminary schedule that is subject to change without prior warning.