CONVERSATIONS 2018 was a cross-disciplinary workshop to advance chatbot research. It took place on 26 October in St. Petersburg, at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. „Chatbots enable users to interact with digital services in natural language, through text or voice dialogue. Customer service and digital assistants are applications areas where chatbots already have substantial impact. Also in other application areas, such as health and fitness, education, and information services, a similar impact is foreseen.“ (Website Workshop) The event was open to all scientists and practitioners with an interest in chatbot research and design. Among the organizers were experts such as Asbjørn Følstad, SINTEF (Norway), and Symeon Papadopoulos, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (Greece). Members of the program committee were among others Adam Tsakalidis, University of Warwick (UK), Despoina Chatzakou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece), Eleni Metheniti, Saarland University (Germany), Frank Dignum, Utrecht University (Netherlands), and Oliver Bendel, School of Business FHNW (Switzerland). Further information on conversations2018.wordpress.com/.

Fig.: A bridge in St. Petersburg