Multimodal processing of spoken interaction - managing contact

Kdy? 9.8.2011 10:00 - 11:30
Kde? ZČU / FAV / UV115 (zasedací místnost)

Nick Campbell

Nick Campbell is a SFI Stokes Professor of Speech & Communication Technology at the Centre for Language and Communication Studies, School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.



This talk describes some recent work in interactive speech synthesis technology. It is no longer enough for a machine simply to be able to talk; it must now be able to detect the reactions of the listener in order to be able to adapt its speech output accordingly. With this goal in mind, we have been testing a small robot dialogue device that detects the presence of people in its environment and starts a  conversation with them.
The conversations are all recorded in audio and video and the goal of the robot is to obtain a signed consent form from each dialogue participant so that their data may be used as part of our research. The robot was exhibited in a public science gallery and we obtained more than a thousand signed consent forms over a period of three months. The present talk discusses the issue of managing "contact" in such a dialogue, and proposes methods for detecting not just the presence of people, but also their interest in the conversation.

Vaclav Hlavac


The Czech Technical University in Prague,

Evropská unie, ESF, MŠMT, OP Vzdělávání pro konkurenceschopnost, ZČU


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