Ask Alice: an Artificial Retrieval of Information Agent

Michel Valstar, Catherine Pelachaud, Dirk K.J. Heylen, Soumia Dermouche, Alexandru Ghitulescu, T. Baur, A. Cafaro, B. Potard, E. André, J. Wagner, L. Durieu, M. Aylett, E. Coutinho, B. Schuller, Yue Zhang, Mariet Theune, Jelte van Waterschoot

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    Abstract

    We present a demonstration of the ARIA framework, a modular approach for rapid development of virtual humans for information retrieval that have linguistic, emotional, and social skills and a strong personality. We demonstrate the capabilities of our framework in a scenario where a popular book from the English literature, ‘Alice in Wonderland’, is embodied by a virtual human called Alice. During the presentation one can engage in an information exchange dialogue, where Alice acts as the expert on the book, and the user as an interested novice. Besides speech recognition, sophisticated audio-visual behaviour analysis is used to inform the core agent dialogue module about the user’s state and intentions, so that it can go beyond simple chat-bot dialogue. The behaviour generation module features a unique new capability of being able to deal gracefully with interruptions of the agent.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 18th ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction, ICMI 2016
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
    Pages419-420
    Number of pages2
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-4556-9
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2016
    Event18th ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction, ICMI 2016 - Tokyo, Japan
    Duration: 12 Nov 201616 Nov 2016
    Conference number: 18

    Conference

    Conference18th ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction, ICMI 2016
    Abbreviated titleICMI
    CountryJapan
    CityTokyo
    Period12/11/1616/11/16

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