Tid: Onsdag 26 april 2017, kl. 15:00-17:00
Plats: C307, Södra huset, Frescati

The seminar will be held in English or Swedish, depending on the audience.

Abstract

The Department of Speech, Music and Hearing at KTH has a long tradition of research in spoken dialogue systems, social robotics and computer-assisted language learning. We are now combining these areas to develop and explore robot-supported practice of spoken Swedish in different settings.

The seminar will give a general overview of the field of robot-assisted language learning, describe the aims and methodology of the VR supported research project CORALL, introduce the social robot Furhat used in the project, and present initial user studies and data collection in a language café setting.

The language café data consists of pairs of audiovisual recordings where to learners of Swedish interact with either a human native speaker of Swedish or a wizard-of-Oz controlled robot, in social small talk. The data will be used for analysis of observed and user perceived differences in interaction between the two settings and for training of speech technology modules for the robot. The influence of the experience of the wizard on the interaction is further explored by comparing interactions when the robot is controlled by a first-time wizard and one who is already more acquainted with the wizard interface.

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