Special Sessions

SIGDIAL 2018 will include two special sessions. Please follow each link for more details.

Conversational Approaches to Information Search, Retrievals, and Presentation

Physically Situated Dialogue


Please visit the registration system via the following link:

Registration system

The early registration deadline is May 20thJune 4th.
Registration includes attendance, reception, banquet, lunches, and coffee breaks.


The venue is RMIT Building 80, with street address 445 Swanston St Melbourne.
Please visit this link for more details.

You can also visit the IJCAI 2017 Local Information page, including a map with RMIT and MCEC (where ACL will be held):

Tourist guides to Melbourne

Visa information

In general, you will require some kinds of visa to enter Australia. Please see the below sites of Australian Department of Home Affairs and check up-to-date information: If you need help, please email to Local Chair (lawrence.cavedon [at] rmit.edu.au).

Hotel Information

There are many hotel options within easy walking access of RMIT University, the conference venue. While some of the options below involve deals negotiated for SIGDIAL attendees, a search using a site such as bookings.com or hotels.com may well throw up cheaper or better value options. Feel free to contact the Local Organiser for questions about location or access to the conference venue (though I'm unlikely to know more about the hotel quality than what you read on reviews).

If you are also planning to attend ACL then you can contact the ACL secretariat at acl2018[at]icmsaust.com.au in regards to booking in an ACL hotel --- some of these are very close to the SIGDIAL site. Of the ACL hotels, the Ibis Little Bourke St is closest to the SIGDIAL venue (20-25 minutes walk to SIGDIAL, less if you combine with a (free) tram ride; 10 mins walk to the ACL venue).

Rydges in Carlton have offered a guaranteed rate of $182 / room (about $US135); however, you may even find cheaper rates than that for rooms there using Hotels.com or Bookings.com. The SIGDIAL specific link for booking the Rydges hotel is here: https://www.rydges.com/private-page/sigdial-2018/

Mantra on the Park have also offered a 10% discount off their standard room bookings. To receive the 10% discount, please follow the following process:

The 10% discount will apply for any room type travelling between 09/07/2018 - 14/07/2018, when booked before 09/06/2018.
PLEASE NOTE: All rooms are subject to availability at time of booking. 
There will be no release backs or inventory updates leading up to check in.

To book and receive 10% off the daily rate, visit http://www.mghotels.com.au/ and follow the below simple steps:
1. Select the Region and Property, your Travel Dates and the Number of People travelling - hit SEARCH
2. Select Change Search - at the top of the page
3. Input Promo Code RMITJULY2018 (case sensitive) in the Promo Box - hit SEARCH again. 
   You will now see the discount applied to the daily rate.
4. Select the room type you wish to book and hit BOOK NOW to proceed to payment screen
5. Fill in all required details to confirm your booking and hit COMPLETE BOOKING
6. You will receive an email confirmation once all details have been processed.

***PLEASE NOTE: promo codes are only valid for bookings made online; 
rooms are subject to availability & will require full prepayment. 
Bookings will also be subject to any minimum night stay restrictions as listed on the website. 
Online Terms and Conditions apply to these bookings. 
For full terms & conditions please visit http://www.mghotels.com.au/terms-and-conditions/

Once booking is confirmed, it can be accessed via My Bookings on the same website by logging in 
using the Reservation number on your confirmation and the Surname on the booking.
Both Rydges and the Mantra are 4-star rated and in lovely locations (on parks!) about 10 mins walk from the venue.

The Ibis hotel on Therry St (http://www.ibismelbourne.com.au/ ) is an option very close to the conference location and has cheaper rooms available.
The Mercure Accor (https://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-9376-mercure-melbourne-therry-street/index.shtml), also on Therry St, is similar.
Note that there is a lot of construction in this area, although the hotel websites claim that they are well insulated from noise.

For anyone considering Airbnb, "Melbourne CBD" (Central Business District / downtown), "Docklands", "Carlton" (my preference) or "North Melbourne" (take care that your selected accommodation is in the suburb "North Melbourne" and not just "Northern areas of Melbourne"!) are the most convenient locations to the SIGDIAL venue. "CBD" and "Docklands" are also convenient to the ACL venue (Carlton or North Melbourne would involve a 20 min tram ride); "Southbank" is very close to the ACL venue but would require a 20 min tram ride to the SIGDIAL venue.

Attendees on a tighter budget may consider backpacker-style accommodation.
The Nunnery (http://nunnery.com.au/) is a guest house with both private and dorm-style rooms, across the street from Carlton Gardens and Melbourne Museum (the banquet venue), and close to some of Melbourne's best cafe / bar areas. It's a 10-minute walk to the conference site, half of that through the park.