CDM Interact is a Finnish research and development company, working on talking robots and social robotics.
With CityTalk, robots give information for tourists about local hotels and restaurants. The robot switches domains based on what you say, for example telling about hotels using a local hotel database if you ask about hotels, then telling about restaurants using a local restaurant database if you ask about restaurants.
With WikiTalk, robots can talk fluently about thousands of topics using information from Wikipedia, and can shift smoothly from topic to topic by following the links in Wikipedia. Wikitalk is multimodal and multilingual, integrating face-tracking, nodding and communicative gesturing with speech synthesis and speech recognition in English, Finnish and Japanese.
CityTalk and Tokyo 2020 Olympics (10 minutes)
This video shows a Nao robot giving information about hotels and restaurants near Tokyo 2020 Olympics in the Tokyo Waterfront area. The robot gives information about three hotels in different price ranges. When the user asks about restaurants, the robot switches domains and tells about several restaurants in different price ranges and serving different types of food.
ERICA and WikiTalk (8 minutes)
WikiTalk was used with the female android robot ERICA in the ERATO Ishiguro Symbiotic Human-Robot Interaction program at Kyoto University, where Graham Wilcock was Visiting Professor in 2018-19. In the video ERICA talks about ancient Greek, robots, artificial intelligence, intelligence in medieval philosophy, and about male and female android robots.
English and Japanese WikiTalk (14 minutes)
This video shows a Nao robot talking about Shakespeare and other topics in English and Japanese, using English and Japanese Wikipedias. WikiTalk interprets "Julius Caesar" as referring to the Roman emperor or the play by Shakespeare depending on the dialogue context. The robot switches languages when a Japanese speaker says "Nihongo" to switch to Japanese and when an English speaker says "English" to switch to English.