ISCA Archive IberSPEECH 2022
ISCA Archive IberSPEECH 2022

Enhancing the Design of a Conversational Agent for an Ethical Interaction with Children

Marina Escobar Planas, Emilia Gómez, Carlos-D Martínez-Hinarejos

Conversational agents (CAs) have become one of the most popular applications of speech and language technologies in the last decade. Those agents employ speech interaction to perform several tasks, from information retrieval to purchase goods from on-line stores. However, these agents are defined to address a general sector of population, mainly adults without speech production problems, and then they fail to obtain a similar performance with specific groups, such as elderly or children. The case of children is particularly interesting because they naturally engage in interaction with those CAs and they have special needs in terms of technical and ethical considerations. Therefore, CAs must fulfil some conditions that could affect their general design in order to provide a trustworthy interaction with children. In this article we present how to improve a general CA design to fulfil the specific ethical needs of children interaction. We address the development of a CA devoted to complete a wish list of games using user preferences, and its improvements towards children.


doi: 10.21437/IberSPEECH.2022-35

Cite as: Escobar Planas, M., Gómez, E., Martínez-Hinarejos, C.-D. (2022) Enhancing the Design of a Conversational Agent for an Ethical Interaction with Children . Proc. IberSPEECH 2022, 171-175, doi: 10.21437/IberSPEECH.2022-35

@inproceedings{escobarplanas22_iberspeech,
  author={Marina {Escobar Planas} and Emilia Gómez and Carlos-D Martínez-Hinarejos},
  title={{Enhancing the Design of a Conversational Agent for an Ethical Interaction with Children }},
  year=2022,
  booktitle={Proc. IberSPEECH 2022},
  pages={171--175},
  doi={10.21437/IberSPEECH.2022-35}
}