A four-participant group facilitation framework for conversational robots

Yoichi Matsuyama, Iwao Akiba, Akihiro Saito, Tetsunori Kobayashi

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Abstract

In this paper, we propose a framework for conversational robots that facilitates fourparticipant groups. In three-participant conversations, the minimum unit for multiparty conversations, social imbalance, in which a participant is left behind in the current conversation, sometimes occurs. In such scenarios, a conversational robot has the potential to facilitate situations as the fourth participant. Consequently, we present model procedures for obtaining conversational initiatives in incremental steps to engage such four-participant conversations. During the procedures, a facilitator must be aware of both the presence of dominant participants leading the current conversation and the status of any participant that is left behind. We model and optimize these situations and procedures as a partially observable Markov decision process. The results of experiments conducted to evaluate the proposed procedures show evidence of their acceptability and feeling of groupness.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSIGDIAL 2013 - 14th Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue, Proceedings of the Conference
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics (ACL)
Pages284-293
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781937284954
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event14th Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue, SIGDIAL 2013 - Metz, France
Duration: 2013 Aug 222013 Aug 24

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Other14th Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue, SIGDIAL 2013
CountryFrance
CityMetz
Period13/8/2213/8/24

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Human-Computer Interaction

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Matsuyama, Y., Akiba, I., Saito, A., & Kobayashi, T. (2013). A four-participant group facilitation framework for conversational robots. In SIGDIAL 2013 - 14th Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue, Proceedings of the Conference (pp. 284-293). Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL).

A four-participant group facilitation framework for conversational robots. / Matsuyama, Yoichi; Akiba, Iwao; Saito, Akihiro; Kobayashi, Tetsunori.

SIGDIAL 2013 - 14th Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue, Proceedings of the Conference. Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), 2013. p. 284-293.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Matsuyama, Y, Akiba, I, Saito, A & Kobayashi, T 2013, A four-participant group facilitation framework for conversational robots. in SIGDIAL 2013 - 14th Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue, Proceedings of the Conference. Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), pp. 284-293, 14th Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue, SIGDIAL 2013, Metz, France, 13/8/22.
Matsuyama Y, Akiba I, Saito A, Kobayashi T. A four-participant group facilitation framework for conversational robots. In SIGDIAL 2013 - 14th Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue, Proceedings of the Conference. Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL). 2013. p. 284-293
Matsuyama, Yoichi ; Akiba, Iwao ; Saito, Akihiro ; Kobayashi, Tetsunori. / A four-participant group facilitation framework for conversational robots. SIGDIAL 2013 - 14th Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue, Proceedings of the Conference. Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), 2013. pp. 284-293
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