Paper: Situated Reference in a Hybrid Human-Robot Interaction System

ACL ID W10-4207
Title Situated Reference in a Hybrid Human-Robot Interaction System
Venue International Conference on Natural Language Generation
Session Main Conference
Year 2010
Authors

We present the situated reference genera- tion module of a hybrid human-robot in- teraction system that collaborates with a human user in assembling target objects from a wooden toy construction set. The system contains a sub-symbolic goal in- ference system which is able to detect the goals and errors of humans by analysing their verbal and non-verbal behaviour. The dialogue manager and reference genera- tion components then use situated refer- ences to explain the errors to the human users and provide solution strategies. We describe a user study comparing the results from subjects who heard constant refer- ences to those who heard references gener- ated by an adaptive process. There was no difference in the objective results across the two groups, but the subjects in the adaptive condit...