IJCAI 2019

posted Jun 8, 2019, 5:49 AM by Graham Wilcock   [ updated Sep 2, 2019, 6:59 AM ]

In August 2019, ERICA and WikiTalk (see ERICA and WikiTalk at Kyoto University) was demonstrated at the 28th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2019) in Macao, China. The paper ERICA and WikiTalk by Divesh Lala, Graham Wilcock, Kristiina Jokinen and Tatsuya Kawahara was accepted for publication in the IJCAI 2019 proceedings.

IWSDS 2019

posted Jun 7, 2019, 10:33 AM by Graham Wilcock   [ updated Jun 7, 2019, 12:16 PM ]

In April 2019, Graham Wilcock attended the 10th International Workshop on Spoken Dialogue Systems (IWSDS 2019) in Siracusa, Italy, and gave a poster presentation Towards increasing naturalness and flexibility in human-robot dialogue systems in collaboration with Dr Kristiina Jokinen (Artificial Intelligence Research Center, AIST Tokyo Waterfront, Japan).

ERICA and WikiTalk at Kyoto University

posted Jun 7, 2019, 10:11 AM by Graham Wilcock   [ updated Jun 26, 2019, 2:33 AM ]
In January-March 2019, Graham Wilcock was a visiting researcher at Kyoto University in the ERATO Ishiguro Symbiotic Human-Robot Interaction program. ERICA is a highly realistic female android robot developed by Osaka University (Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro), Kyoto University (Professor Tatsuya Kawahara) and the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute (ATR).

Researchers at Kyoto University are developing ERICA's spoken dialogue interaction capabilities with roles such as attentive listening and a job interview scenario. Divesh Lala and Graham Wilcock added a new role, Wikipedia-based talking, in which ERICA and WikiTalk are combined. WikiTalk supports spoken information access from Wikipedia and smooth topic shifts, and ERICA's speech capabilities (using Julius ASR) support large-vocabulary speech recognition and spoken dialogue barge-ins by the human while ERICA is speaking.
The video shows ERICA talking fluently about a range of topics including ancient Greek, robots, artificial intelligence, intelligence in medieval philosophy, and androids.

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