Computing and Informatics Research Seminar Series

ABC for Social Robot Interaction: issues and challenges in designing socially competent dialogue agents

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As part of the School of Science and Technology's Computing and Informatics Research Seminar Series, Kristiina Jokinen, AI Research Center, AIST Tokyo Waterfront, Japan presents: ABC for Social Robot Interaction: issues and challenges in designing socially competent dialogue agents.

  • From: Monday 9 September 2019, 1 pm
  • To: Monday 9 September 2019, 2 pm
  • Location: ERD 161, Erasmus Darwin, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS

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As part of the School of Science and Technology's Computing and Informatics Research Seminar Series, Kristiina Jokinen, AI Research Center, AIST Tokyo Waterfront, Japan presents: ABC for Social Robot Interaction: issues and challenges in designing socially competent dialogue agents.

Abstract

In recent years, many different robot agents have appeared, enabling potentially useful applications for such varied areas as healthcare assistance, home and assisted living services, language learning, gaming, etc. Such agents are often perceived as peer-like companions which can provide useful information and communicate with human users in natural language.

However, many practical challenges remain to be solved before robot companions become socially competent agents. In this talk I will focus especially on dialogue management that is important in order to support natural interaction between users and robot agents. In particular, I will explore various aspects of multimodal interaction that aims to model the rich possibilities of human communication, and also discuss dialogue design that takes into account structured data on human activities so as to expand the system's reasoning capabilities.

I will present a framework for designing social dialogues, and based on the enablements for human communication, discuss enablements for robot agents that could observe and understand the needs and affects of human users. Finally, I will survey challenges in modelling human-robot interaction as well as building socially competent applications, including issues related to their acceptablity, trust, and ethics.

Bio:

Kristiina Jokinen is a Senior Researcher at AI Research Center at AIST Tokyo Waterfront. Before joining AIRC, she was a Professor and Project Manager at the University of Helsinki and at the University of Tartu.

She received her PhD from UMIST, Manchester, and was awarded a JSPS Fellowship to research at NAIST, Japan. She was an Invited Researcher at ATR Research Labs in Kyoto, and a Visiting Professor at Doshisha University in Kyoto in 2009-2010. She was a Nokia Foundation Fellow in Stanford in 2006, and she is Life Member of Clare Hall at University of Cambridge.

Her research focuses on spoken dialogue systems, interaction modelling, as well as multimodal (gaze, gesturing) and cooperative human-robot communication. She is widely published on these topics, including three books. Together with G.Wilcock she developed the WikiTalk open-domain dialogue application for social robots.

She has had a leading role in multiple national and international cooperation projects. She served as a General Chair for SIGDial 2017 and ICMI 2013, an Area Chair for Interspeech 2017 and COLING 2014, and a Committee member for ICMI-2019 and ICSR 2019. She is a Senior Member of IWSDS Steering Committee and organised IWSDS 2016, the northernmost dialogue conference IWSDS 2016 in Lapland. She edited the Springer book "Dialogues with Social Robots" (LNEE 427).

This seminar is hosted by Mufti Mahmud

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Location details

Room/Building:

ERD 161, Erasmus Darwin

Address:

Nottingham Trent University
Clifton Campus
Clifton Lane
Nottingham
NG11 8NS

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