Below is practical information relating to the workshop and the planned programme of events for the day. If you have any questions, please email


All workshops are taking place at the conference venue, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 1000 NE Multnomah St., Portland, Oregon 97232 (Maps: Google or Apple). The workshop is taking place on Sunday, 26th February in the room Mt. St. Helens.


The agenda for the workshop is below. All workshops at the conference have the same coffee and lunch break times and so we have formed an agenda around these slots.

9:00 Welcome and Introductions
9:15 Presentations
10:30 Coffee Break
11:00 Presentations
12:30 Lunch Break
14:00 Examining Fictional Agents
15:00 Talking about Challenges
15:30 Coffee Break
16:00 Talking about Challenges (cont’d)
16:30 Discussion
17:00 End of Day
19:00 Dinner


We have ninety minutes for presentations and questions. Please prepare a 7-minute presentation (max) for each position paper, allowing 3-5 minutes for questions (10 minutes per talk incl. questions). Participants should read all position papers before the workshop. We will use the presentations to guide the activities throughout the day.

  1. Carolyn P. Rosé and Alan Black. Context-Sensitive Coaching Agents: Fostering Personal Growth and Connectedness.
  2. Donald McMillan. Conversational Agents and Implicit Interaction.
  3. Carlene Lebeuf, Margaret-Anne Storey, and Alexey Zagalsky. How Software Developers Mitigate Collaboration Friction Points with Chatbots.
  4. Saiganesh Swaminathan, Ting-Hao (Kenneth) Huang, Irene Lin, Anhong Gun, Gierad Laput, and Jeffrey Bigham. Epistemo: A Crowd-Powered Conversational Search Interface.
  5. Amanda Purington, Jessie G. Taft, Shruti H. Sannon, Natalya N. Bazarova, and Samuel Hardman Taylor. “Alexa is my new BFF”: A Case Study of the Amazon Echo’s Social Functions and Roles.
  6. Mei-Ling Chen and Hao-Chuan Wang. Bridging the Communication Gap: Conceptualizing Issues of Learnability in Using Intelligent Personal Assistants.
  7. Rafal Kocielnik and Gary Hsieh. New Opportunities for Dialogue-based Interaction in Behavior Change Domain.
  8. Astrid Chao, Hannah Graffeo, Jenny Cheuk, Lillian Chen, Jeff Sokolov, and David Millen. Design challenges for a cognitive agent in health care
  9. Stuart Reeves. Some Conversational Challenges of Talking with Machines.

Breakout Activities

Following on from the presentations, we will use the afternoon activities to address challenges, ideas and questions within the space of talking with conversational agents. We will use a number of short sessions in groups to share, discuss, and enact scenarios and provocative ideas within the space to help formulate an agenda for research. Participants do not need to bring anything with them on the day.

Lunch and Dinner

Lunch is not provided for the workshop, and so we will all head together to a nearby foodcourt (TBD) to grab lunch.

We plan go together for dinner at a nearby restaurant in the evening, this will be arranged on the day. We hope for participants to join us, but this is optional.

See you in Portland!