Bilyana Martinovski

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This paper presents a model for simulating cultural differences in the conversational behavior of virtual agents. The model provides parameters for differences in proxemics, gaze and overlap in turn taking. We present a review of literature on these factors and show results of a study where native speakers of North American English, Mexican Spanish and(More)
In this paper we contrast three architectures for natural language questioning characters. We contrast the relative costs and benefits of each approach in building characters for tactical questioning. The first architecture works purely at the textual level, using cross-language information retrieval techniques to learn the best output for any input from a(More)
We present a new approach for rapidly developing dialogue capabilities for virtual humans. Starting from domain specification, an integrated authoring interface automatically generates dialogue acts with all possible contents. These dialogue acts are linked to example utterances in order to provide training data for natural language understanding and(More)
This paper reviews nine available transcription and annotation tools, considering in particular the special difficulties arising from transcribing and annotating multi-party, multi-modal dialogue. Tools are evaluated as to the ability to support the user’s annotation scheme, ability to visualize the form of the data, compatibility with other tools,(More)
This paper describes the development of a multi-modal corpus based on multi-party multi-task driven common goal oriented spoken language interaction. The data consists of approximately 10 hours of audio human simulation radio data and nearly 5 hours of video and audio face-to-face sessions between human trainees and virtual agents.
This paper calls for an ethical turn in communication. It offers a re-evaluation of Weaver’s metaphor on communication as exchanges of information and develops Buber’s and Peters’ ideas on communication as manifestation of the ethical, where the ethical is described as openness to otherness and communication is viewed as a tension between reproduction of(More)
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