A Special Issue of the International Journal of Human Computer Studies/Knowledge Acquisition

Guest Editor:

Susan McRoy
Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Milwaukee, WI 53211, USA

Deadline for submissions is December 31, 1996

Call for Papers

Any computer system that communicates must be able to cope with the possibility of miscommunication--including misunderstanding, non-understanding, and misinterpretation:

All three forms of miscommunication can eventually lead to repair in a dialogue; however, misinterpretations and non-understandings are typically recognized immediately, whereas a participant is not aware, at least initially, when a misunderstanding occurs. Additionally, misinterpretation can be a source of misunderstanding.

Early work on robust interaction with computers concerned the correction of spelling or grammatical errors in a user's utterance so that the system could more easily match them against a fixed linguistic model; work has also been done in the area of speech recognition, attempting to find the best fit of a sound signal to legal sequences of linguistic objects. Other systems have attempted to detect misconceptions in the user's model of the domain of discourse. All of these approaches have assumed that the system's model is always correct. More recently, researchers have been looking at detecting and correcting errors in the system's model of an interaction. This work includes research on speech repairs, miscommunication, misunderstanding, non-understanding, and related work in planning, such as plan misrecognition and plan repair.

The purpose of this special issue is to present important results by researchers who are developing theoretical models of robust interaction or are designing robust systems. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

We welcome papers that present emipirical results, theoretical models, or implemented systems addressing the problem of detecting, repairing, or preventing human-machine miscommunication.


Please send your submission to the directly to the guest editor, Susan McRoy. Email submissions in postscript (but not mime encoded) are preferred and should be sent to the subject line ``IJHCS submission''. Otherwise, four copies of the paper can be sent by surface mail to the street address given below.

Your submission should be prepared in single column, double-spaced format using at least an 11 pt font. Sections should be numbered and references should use (author, year) style. (Complete instructions for authors are available at the IJHCS website, given below.)


Submissions are due December 31, 1996
Decisions will be made by March 31, 1997
Production copy will be due May 31, 1997

Guest Editor

Susan McRoy, Computer Science
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
3200 North Cramer Street
Milwaukee, WI 53211
(414) 229-6695 (phone)
(414) 229-6958 (fax)

Additional Information

Additional information about the International Journal of Human Computer Studies/Knowledge Acquisition and instructions for authors are available at:

Susan McRoy
Wed Oct 2 14:57:33 CDT 1996