|11 mars 2011|
|de 11 h 00 min||à||13 h 00 min|
Seminaire de la Chaire.
Vendredi 4/03 a 11h, salle DA001, 37/39, rue Dareau – 75014 Paris
Candy Sidner, Worcester Polytechnic Institute : “The Recognition of Engagement in Human-Agent Dialogs”
In this talk I will discuss research we have been conducting on the recognition of engagement and an re-usable module for engagement recognition in human-agent dialogs. I will discuss observations from studying human-human dialogues in which people undertake tasks that not only require them to discuss and collaborate, but also to make use of deictic gestures and mutual facial gaze. I will discuss our results on evaluation of this data and the notion of “connection events” in dialogue. I will then describe a re-usable module for recognition of these events by a robot, and the results of a study between people and the robot. I will demonstrate results of our efforts in the “pointing game” and the “tangram game.” This work is joint with Prof. Chuck Rich, WPI, and students Aaron Holroyd and Brett Ponsler.
Bio: Candy Sidner has a long standing interest in human communication and collaboration, and their application to agents, robots, and interfaces, especially those using gesture, social behavior, speech, and natural language. She is currently a Research Professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and a Division scientist at BAE Systems AIT.
She is a Fellow and past Councilor of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, and a senior member of the IEEE. She serves as an associate editor for the journals Artificial Intelligence, ACM Transaction on Interactive Intelligent Systems, and the Journal of Multimodal User Interfaces. She also has served on the scientific advisory boards of IUI, SIGDIAL and HLT-NAACL. She has been general chair for HLT-NAACL 2007, program cochair of Intelligent User Interfaces 2006, SIGIAL 2004, chair of Intelligent User Interfaces in 2001, and President of the Association for Computational Linguistics (1989). She received her Ph.D. from MIT in Computer Science.