Enjoyable Conversation System

author: Testunori Kobayashi, Waseda University
published: July 31, 2016,   recorded: July 2016,   views: 1080


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In this talk, I‘ll present two topics related in an enjoyable conversation system. The first one is a conversation robot acting as a facilitator who keeps the balance of engagement density in a group conversation. In a group conversation, sometimes only a particular pair of participants talk each other, and the other particular side participants lose the opportunities to join in the conversation. In term of total balance of enjoyment of the conversation, this kind of engagement-density-imbalance should be corrected. The proposed robot can find the participants who feel difficulty in joining in a conversation, and give him a chance to join in without destroying existing conversation. The second one is an automatic opinion generating system. In terms of functionality of conversations, it is enough to reply directly to the question that was explicitly asked. However, in our daily conversations, more informative responses are usually employed in order to hold enjoyable conversations. These responses are usually produced as forms of one’s additional opinions, which usually contain their original viewpoints as well as novel means of expression, rather than simple and common responses. In this talk, we show a mechanism generating opinion using WEB review site.

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