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Incremental coordination: Attention-centric speech production in a physically situated conversational agent Z Yu, D Bohus, E Horvitz – 16th Annual Meeting of the Special …, 2015 – Abstract Inspired by studies of human-human conversations, we present methods for incrementally coordinating speech production with listeners’ visual foci of attention. We introduce a model that considers the demands and availability of listeners’ attention at the … Cited by 5 Related articles All 14 versions

Gaze and Attention Management for Embodied Conversational Agents T Pejsa, S Andrist, M Gleicher, B Mutlu – ACM Transactions on …, 2015 – Abstract To facilitate natural interactions between humans and embodied conversational agents (ECAs), we need to endow the latter with the same nonverbal cues that humans use to communicate. Gaze cues in particular are integral in mechanisms for communication … Cited by 4 Related articles All 8 versions

Greta: an interactive expressive embodied conversational agent C Pelachaud – Proceedings of the 2015 International Conference on …, 2015 – Abstract Greta is an interactive Embodied Conversational Agent platform. It is endowed with socio-emotional and communicative behaviors. Through its behaviors, the agent can sustain a conversation as well as show various attitudes and levels of engagement. Through the … Cited by 2 Related articles All 6 versions

Promoting academically productive talk with conversational agent interventions in collaborative learning settings S Tegos, S Demetriadis, A Karakostas – Computers & Education, 2015 – Elsevier Abstract Research on computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) and conversational pedagogical agents has strongly emphasized the value of providing dynamic dialogue support for learners working together to accomplish a certain task. Recently, on … Cited by 2 Related articles All 3 versions

Animation guidelines for believable embodied conversational agent gestures I Gris, DA Rivera, D Novick – … Conference on Virtual, Augmented and Mixed …, 2015 – Springer Abstract In animating embodied conversational agents (ECAs), run-time blending of animations can provide a large library of movements that increases the appearance of naturalness while decreasing the number of animations to be developed. This approach … Cited by 3 Related articles

On conversational agents with mental states T Bosse, S Provoost – International Conference on Intelligent Virtual …, 2015 – Springer Abstract Embodied conversational agents (ECAs) have been put forward as a promising means for the training of social skills. The traditional approach to drive the behaviour of ECAs during human-agent dialogues is to use conversation trees. Although this approach … Cited by 1 Related articles All 2 versions

Designing a map-based application and a conversational agent for addressing memory problems A Yoshii, H Malmivirta, M Luimula… – … Conference on Human- …, 2015 – Springer Abstract Computer based recreational activities can be solution for aging. We are addressing memory related problems using a computer. We propose “Old Photos on Map” application (Vanhat Kuvat). The aim of Vanhat Kuvat is to activate one’s memory by using … Cited by 1 Related articles All 3 versions

A Study on Psychological Care for the Elderly Using Web-Based Embodied Conversational Agent HY Huang, YH Li, JM Lin, DL Yang – ????????, 2015 – In the whole world, the proportion of aged population is increasing day by day. To fulfill Confucius’ philosophy of “treat others’ elderly and youth as if they are our family members,” we proposed an intelligent web-based agent which is able to conduct daily life conversation … Cited by 1 Related articles All 3 versions

The Effect of Metaphoric Gestures on Schematic Understanding of Instruction Performed by a Pedagogical Conversational Agent D Hasegawa, S Shirakawa, N Shioiri, T Hanawa… – … Conference on Learning …, 2015 – Springer Abstract In this paper, we examine the impact of metaphoric gestures performed by Pedagogical Conversational Agent (PCA) on learners’ memorization of technical terms, understanding of relationships between abstract concepts, learning experience, and … Cited by 1 Related articles All 3 versions

Imitation Learning Applied to Embodied Conversational Agents B Piot, M Geist, O Pietquin – 4th Workshop on Machine Learning for …, 2015 – Abstract Embodied Conversational Agents (ECAs) are emerging as a key component to allow human interact with machines. Applications are numerous and ECAs can reduce the aversion to interact with a machine by providing user-friendly interfaces. Yet, ECAs are still … Cited by 2 Related articles All 11 versions

A Mark-Up Language and Interpreter for Interactive Scenes for Embodied Conversational Agents D Novick, M Gutierrez, I Gris, DA Rivera – International Conference on …, 2015 – Springer Abstract Our research seeks to provide embodied conversational agents (ECAs) with behaviors that enable them to build and maintain rapport with human users. To conduct this research, we need to build agents and systems that can maintain high levels of … Cited by 1 Related articles

Commercial Chatbot: Performance Evaluation, Usability Metrics and Quality Standards of Embodied Conversational Agents K Kuligowska – Professionals Center for Business Research, 2015 – Abstract: The aim of this paper is to explore commercial applications of chatbots, as well as to propose several measurement metrics to evaluate performance, usability and overall quality of an embodied conversational agent. On the basis of these metrics we examine … Cited by 1 Related articles

Increasing the engagement of conversational agents through co-constructed storytelling C Battaglino, T Bickmore – Eighth Workshop on Intelligent …, 2015 – Abstract Storytelling can be used by conversational agents in a wide variety of domains to maintain user engagement, both within a single interaction and over dozens or hundreds of interactions over time. The majority of agents designed with this ability to date deliver their … Cited by 1 Related articles All 5 versions

Towards attention monitoring of older adults with cognitive impairment during interaction with an embodied conversational agent P Wargnier, A Malaisé, J Jacquemot… – … (VAAT), 2015 3rd …, 2015 – ABSTRACT Embodied conversational agents (ECAs) are virtual characters using verbal and non-verbal communication for Human-machine interaction. The aim of our research is to create an ECA-based user interface for assistive technologies targeting older adults with … Cited by 1 Related articles All 15 versions

Physical engagement as a way to increase emotional rapport in interactions with embodied conversational agents I Gris Sepulveda – 2015 – Abstract One of the major goals in research on embodied conversational agents (ECAs) is to increase the believability and perceived trustworthiness of agents. To improve the efficacy of the interaction between humans and ECAs, I focus on the development of rapport, which … All 2 versions

A Feasibility Study to Test the Effects of an Embodied Conversational Agent on Addressing Food Security, Access, and Nutrition Knowledge among Urban Women K McCue – 2015 APHA Annual Meeting & Expo (Oct. 31-Nov. 4, …, 2015 – Purpose: The purpose of this randomized controlled study is to evaluate the feasibility of introducing an innovative eHealth technology called an Embodied Conversational Agent (ECA) to diverse women from an inner city safety net hospital. Methods: In the winter of …

A Feasibility Study to introduce an Embodied Conversational Agent (ECA) on a tablet computer into a group medical visit K Mccue – 2015 APHA Annual Meeting & Expo (Oct. 31-Nov. 4, …, 2015 – Purpose: The purpose of this pilot study is to evaluate the feasibility of introducing a tablet computer with an Embodied Conversational Agent (ECA) into an integrative medical group visit (IMGV) for patients with chronic pain and depression. Methods: This prospective …

A Conversational Agent to Encourage Willingness to Communicate in the Context of English as a Foreign Language E Ayedoun, Y Hayashi, K Seta – Procedia Computer Science, 2015 – Elsevier Abstract We propose an embodied conversational agent based on the willingness to communicate (WTC) model in L2 to help increase WTC in the context of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) by providing users with various daily conversation contexts. To … Cited by 2 Related articles All 2 versions

Introducing a conversational agent named ‘Betty’ C Curry, J O’Shea, K Crockett, L Brown – Abstract-The research presented in this paper investigates the construction and feasibility of a conversational agent (CA) with suitable reminiscence mechanisms for nonclinical use within a healthy aging population who may have memory loss as part of normal aging [1] … Related articles All 2 versions

Optimization of a Language Model for the Classification of Natural Language Queries in a Script Based Conversational Agent JL McClendon – 2015 – Abstract: A conversational agent is a computer system capable of interacting with a human using natural language as a form of input. Conversational agents have been employed in various domains including intelligent tutoring systems, health care systems, simulation …

A Procedure to Engage Children in the Morphological and Syntax Analysis of Pedagogic Conversational Agent-Generated Sentences to Study Language DP Marín – International Journal of Online Pedagogy and Course …, 2015 – Abstract Pedagogic Conversational Agents are computer applications that interact with the students in natural language. They usually focus the dialogue on a certain topic under study. In this paper, the authors propose the possibility of children studying morphology and … Related articles All 2 versions

Evaluating embodied conversational agents in multimodal interfaces B Weiss, I Wechsung, C Kühnel… – Computational …, 2015 – computationalcognitivescience. … Abstract Based on cross-disciplinary approaches to Embodied Conversational Agents, evaluation methods for such human-computer interfaces are structured and presented. An introductory systematisation of evaluation topics from a conversational perspective is … Cited by 1 Related articles All 3 versions

Conversational Agent that Models a Historical Personality A Bogatu, D Rotarescu, T Rebedea, S Ruseti – ABSTRACT In this paper we discuss the current approaches in question answering (QA) and their applicability in building a conversational agent that models a historical figure that gives informative and relevant answers to user questions about the life of that personality. … Related articles

Introduction to Intellectual Conversational Agents K Panesar – Epicurious, 2015 – … Review of conversational agents Put simply a conversational agent is a computer program that engages in conversation using natural language dialogue with a human user (O’Shea, Bandar & Crockett, 2010), and further defined by (Lester, Branting & Mott, 2004) as a … Related articles All 2 versions

Social Facilitation Effects by Pedagogical Conversational Agent: Lexical Network Analysis in an Online Explanation Task. Y Hayashi – International Educational Data Mining Society, 2015 – ERIC ABSTRACT The present study investigates web-based learning activities of undergraduate students who generate explanations about a key concept taught in a large-scale classroom. The present study used an online system with Pedagogical Conversational Agent (PCA), … Related articles All 3 versions

Virtual Graduate School Mentoring Using Embodied Conversational Agents K Gosha, JE Gilbert, K Middlebrook – 2015 – Abstract It has been a major goal of the United States government to increase the participation of Americans in the fields of Science & Engineering (S&E), especially in under- represented groups. This research examines the use of an embodied conversational … Related articles All 3 versions

Personification Aspect of Conversational Agents as Representations of a Physical Object A Yoshii, T Nakajima – Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference …, 2015 – Abstract Using computer technologies, the physical world in which we live and the virtual worlds generated by computers or popular cultures are coming closer together. Virtual agents are often designed that refer to humans in the physical world; at the same time, … Cited by 1 Related articles

Transforming an embodied conversational agent into an efficient talking head: from keyframe-based animation to multimodal concatenation synthesis G Gibert, KN Olsen, Y Leung… – Computational …, 2015 – computationalcognitivescience. … Background Virtual humans have become part of our everyday life (movies, internet, and computer games). Even though they are becoming more and more realistic, their speech capabilities are, most of the time, limited and not coherent and/or not synchronous with the … Related articles All 9 versions

Acceptability of an Embodied Conversational Agent-based Computer Application for Hispanic Women KJ Wells, C Vázquez-Otero, M Bredice… – Hispanic health care …, 2015 – Abstract There are few Spanish language interactive, technology-driven health education programs. Objectives of this feasibility study were to: 1) learn more about computer and technology usage among Hispanic women living in a rural community; and 2) evaluate … Related articles All 5 versions

When Strangers Meet: Collaborative Construction of Procedural Conversation in Embodied Conversational Agents S Ólafsson – 2015 – This thesis presents an application that adopts a novel method for software agents in an Icelandic language and culture training application to engage in conversation with human users and other agents. The approach allows the agents to procedurally select purpose … Related articles All 3 versions

Arabic Language Challenges In Text Based Conversational Agents Compared To The English Language M Hijjawi, Y Elsheikh – ABSTRACT This paper is not to compare between the Arabic language and the English language as natural languages. Instead, it focuses on the comparison among them in terms of their challenges in building text based Conversational Agents (CAs). A CA is an … Cited by 1 Related articles

Applying An Arabic Conversational Agent In The Jordanian EGovernment M Hijjawi, H Abusaimeh – ABSTRACT This paper discusses a prototype idea of applyinga Conversational Agent (CA) to be embedded into the Jordanian E-government websites. The Conversational Agent is a smart system used to handle natural conversations between user and machine. A … Related articles

A Framework for Research in Gamified Mobile Guide Applications using Embodied Conversational Agents (ECAs) I Doumanis, S Smith – The International Journal of Serious …, 2015 – Abstract Mobile Guides are mobile applications that provide players with local and locationbased services (LBS), such as navigation assistance, where and when they need them most. Advances in mobile technologies in recent years have enabled the … Related articles All 3 versions

Conversational agents for language learning: state of the art and avenues for research on task-based agents S Bibauw, T François, P Desmet – 2015 – Abstract: Conversational agents are seen as a way to offer an anxiety-free L2 practice environment for learners, in the hope that it would produce similar proficiency improvements as those obtained in a chat with a human interlocutor. Various approaches have been …

The Visual Design and Implementation of an Embodied Conversational Agent in a Shared Decision-Making Context (eCoach) S Robertson, R Solomon, M Riedl, TW Gillespie… – … Conference on Learning …, 2015 – Springer Abstract This paper outlines the design process and challenges of creating a character for our implementation of an embodied conversational agent (ECA), specifically integrating diverse views from focus groups consisting of individuals representing different levels of … Related articles All 5 versions

Using Embodied Conversational Agents to Teach Bullying Intervention in Schools K Gosha, I Okpokowuruk – Society for Information Technology & Teacher …, 2015 – Abstract: Studies have shown that bullying is a major challenge facing today’s school system. Related to bullying is bystander effect, a phenomenon which addresses the different factors involved in people who witness bullying. Despite much psychological and … Related articles All 3 versions

Offscreen and in the Chair Next to Your: Conversational Agents Speaking Through Actual Human Bodies K Corti, A Gillespie – International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents, 2015 – Springer Abstract This paper demonstrates how to interact with a conversational agent that speaks through an actual human body face-to-face and in person (ie, offscreen). This is made possible by the cyranoid method: a technique involving a human person speech … Related articles All 3 versions

A Vietnamese 3D taking face for embodied conversational agents TD Ngo, TD Bui – … -Research, Innovation, and Vision for the …, 2015 – Abstract—Conversational agents are receiving significant at-tention from multi-agent and human computer interaction research societies. Many techniques have been developed to enable these agents to behave in a human-like manner. In order to do so, they are … Related articles All 3 versions

Dealing with Trouble: A Data-Driven Model of a Repair Type for a Conversational Agent. S Höhn – AAAI, 2015 – Abstract Troubles in hearing, comprehension or speech production are common in human conversations, especially if participants of the conversation communicate in a foreign language that they have not yet fully mastered. Here I describe a data-driven model for … Related articles All 7 versions

Embodied Conversational Agents: Social or Nonsocial? JE Case, NW Twyman – System Sciences (HICSS), 2015 48th …, 2015 – Abstract Since the advent of radio, we are accustomed to hearing disembodied human voices from devices. If system designers use an embodied conversational agent (ECA) as the interface to their system, they select either a human or a synthetic voice. One prior … Related articles All 4 versions

Benjamin Franklin’s Decision Method is Acceptable and Helpful with a Conversational Agent D Mäurer, K Weihe – Intelligent Interactive Multimedia Systems and …, 2015 – Springer Abstract In this paper, we show that rational decision-making methods such as Benjamin Franklin’s can be successfully implemented as a text based natural language dialog system. More specifically, we developed a prototype, vpino, and conducted a user study. Vpino … Related articles All 4 versions

Imitation Learning Applied to Embodied Conversational Agents P Bilal, O Pietquin, M Geist – Proceedings of The 4th Workshop on Machine …, 2015 – Abstract Embodied Conversational Agents (ECAs) are emerging as a key component to allow human interact with machines. Applications are numerous and ECAs can reduce the aversion to interact with a machine by providing user-friendly interfaces. Yet, ECAs are still …

Comparing Uncivil Discourse with a Conversational Intelligent Agent in Public and Private Online Settings M Marcello – 2015 – … Doering, A., Veletsianos, G., & Theano, T. (2008). Conversational Agents and Their Longitudinal Affordances on Communication and Interaction. … A Conversational Agent as Museum Guide – Design and Evaluation of a Real-World Application. Online Harassment. … Related articles All 2 versions

Conversational knowledge teaching agent that uses a knowledge base K LEE, PH SEO, J CHOI, S KOO, GG LEE – 16th Annual Meeting of the …, 2015 – … The proposed method signifi- cantly improved upon baseline methods. In the fu- ture, we will improve our conversational agent for knowledge education more tightly integrated into QA systems and dialog systems. 3 http://isoft. postech. ac. kr/~ kyusonglee/sigdial/p. emb. … Cited by 1 Related articles All 9 versions