You Don’t Need to Speak, You Need to Listen: Robot Interaction and Human-Like Turn-Taking

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Abstract

The focus on one-to-one speak/wait conversational interaction with artificial system is partly misguided and partly cynical. Misguided because it pre-supposes that our relationship with such a system should be one-to-one and that human-like turn taking is never required. Cynical because we avoid the difficult challenge of building complex systems with a problematic route for publication. Whereas vision systems are regularly used in social robots and virtual agents to detect multiple dialogue partners and aid diarization, speech analysis and human-like turn-taking has lagged far behind. In this positional paper we make the case for focusing on human-like turn taking and multi-party interaction, discuss why realtime speech analysis and conversational management has been neglected, and put forward a program to correct this.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCUI '23: Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Conversational User Interfaces
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Print)9798400700149
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jul 2023
Event5th International Conference on Conversational User Interfaces 2023 - Eindhoven, Netherlands
Duration: 19 Jul 202321 Jul 2023

Conference

Conference5th International Conference on Conversational User Interfaces 2023
Country/TerritoryNetherlands
CityEindhoven
Period19/07/2321/07/23

Keywords

  • conversational user interfaces
  • multi-party dialogue
  • social robots

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Software

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