Conversational robots: An approach to conversation protocol issues that utilizes the paralinguistic information available in a robot-human setting

Tetsunori Kobayashi, Shinya Fujie

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Abstract

Functions have been implemented in various robots to enable them to follow a conversation protocol. The paralinguistic information involved in prosody and posture expression is used to improve the transparency of the conversational states, especially the protocol, thereby effectively contributing to natural and efficient communication. Information is communicated incrementally to enable error handling. Various rules for selecting conversation participants, forming a communication group, and turn-taking are followed. Since all the actions of a conversational robot are explicitly controlled, such robots should be useful for revealing important heretofore unknown conversational functions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)64-72
Number of pages9
JournalAcoustical Science and Technology
Volume34
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Apr 11

Keywords

  • Communication robot
  • Conversation system
  • Multi-modal system
  • Paralanguage
  • Protocol

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics

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