Paper: Entrainment in Spoken Dialogue Systems: Adopting, Predicting and Influencing User Behavior

ACL ID N13-2012
Title Entrainment in Spoken Dialogue Systems: Adopting, Predicting and Influencing User Behavior
Venue Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics
Session Student Session
Year 2013
Authors

Entrainment is the phenomenon of the speech of conversational partners becoming more similar to each other. This thesis proposal presents a comprehensive look at entrainment in human conversations and how entrainment may be incorporated into the design of spo- ken dialogue systems in order to improve sys- tem performance and user satisfaction. We compare different kinds of entrainment in both classic and novel dimensions, provide exper- imental results on the utility of entrainment, and show that entrainment can be used to im- prove a system?s ASR performance and turn- taking decisions.