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WikiTalk and WikiListen at ECAI 2020

In September 2020, Graham Wilcock and Kristiina Jokinen presented WikiTalk and WikiListen by video at 24th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI 2020) in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Their paper WikiTalk and WikiListen: Towards listening robots that can join in conversations with topically relevant contributions was published in the ECAI 2020 proceedings.

ERICA and WikiTalk at IJCAI 2019

In August 2019, a demo of ERICA and WikiTalk was presented at 28th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2019) in Macao, China. A paper ERICA and WikiTalk by Divesh Lala, Graham Wilcock, Kristiina Jokinen and Tatsuya Kawahara was published in the IJCAI 2019 proceedings.

IWSDS 2019

In April 2019, Graham Wilcock and Kristiina Jokinen attended 10th International Workshop on Spoken Dialogue Systems (IWSDS 2019) in Siracusa, Italy, and gave a presentation Towards increasing naturalness and flexibility in human-robot dialogue systems.

Visiting Professor at Kyoto University

In 2018-19, Graham Wilcock was Visiting Professor at Kyoto University, invited by Professor Tatsuya Kawahara of the Graduate School of Informatics. He taught a course on talking robots, participated in research seminars on spoken dialogue systems, and worked with the ERICA android robot in the ERATO Ishiguro Symbiotic Human-Robot Interaction project. Divesh Lala and Graham Wilcock added a Wikipedia-based talking role for ERICA, with WikiTalk supporting spoken information from Wikipedia and smooth topic shifts, and Julius supporting large-vocabulary speech recognition and spoken dialogue barge-ins by the human while ERICA is speaking.

CityTalk at IJCAI 2018

In July 2018, Graham Wilcock gave a demo of CityTalk at 27th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2018) in Stockholm. His paper Using a Deep Learning Dialogue Research Toolkit in a Multilingual Multidomain Practical Application was published in the IJCAI 2018 proceedings.

CityTalk at IWSDS 2018

In May 2018, Graham Wilcock gave a demo of CityTalk at 9th International Workshop on Spoken Dialogue Systems (IWSDS 2018) in Singapore and presented a paper CityTalk: Robots that talk to tourists and can switch domains during the dialogue.

WikiTalk wins an award at ICSR 2017

In November 2017, WikiTalk won a Special Recognition award for Best Robot Design (Software Category) at 9th International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR 2017) in Tsukuba, Japan. The award was received by Kristiina Jokinen and Graham Wilcock for their competition entry Next Steps for Social Robots.

Springer book: Dialogues with Social Robots

In February 2017, Dialogues with Social Robots edited by Kristiina Jokinen and Graham Wilcock was published by Springer in the series Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering. The publisher says: This book explores novel aspects of social robotics, spoken dialogue systems, human-robot interaction, spoken language understanding, multimodal communication, and system evaluation. It offers a variety of perspectives on and solutions to the most important questions about advanced techniques for social robots and chat systems. Chapters by leading researchers address key research and development topics in the field of spoken dialogue systems, focusing in particular on three special themes: dialogue state tracking, evaluation of human-robot dialogue in social robotics, and socio-cognitive language processing.

WikiTalk at COLING 2016

In December 2016, Kristiina Jokinen and Graham Wilcock participated in 26th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING 2016) in Osaka, Japan. They gave a demo of a Nao robot using WikiTalk to give information from Wikipedia in English and in Japanese. A paper What topic do you want to hear about? A bilingual talking robot using English and Japanese Wikipedias by Graham Wilcock, Kristiina Jokinen and Seiichi Yamamoto was published in the COLING 2016 proceedings.

SamiTalk at IWSDS 2016

In January 2016, 7th International Workshop on Spoken Dialogue Systems (IWSDS 2016) was organized in Saariselkä, Finland by the Academy of Finland DigiSami project. Project Director Kristiina Jokinen was Conference Chair, and project members presented three papers. Ilona Rauhala and Katri Hiovain presented DigiSami and Digital Natives: Interaction Technology for the North Sami Language, Niklas Laxström presented Internationalisation and localisation of spoken dialogue systems and Graham Wilcock presented Towards SamiTalk: a Sami-speaking robot linked to Sami Wikipedia.