ISCA Archive Interspeech 2008
ISCA Archive Interspeech 2008

From domain specification to virtual humans: an integrated approach to authoring tactical questioning characters

Sudeep Gandhe, David DeVault, Antonio Roque, Bilyana Martinovski, Ron Artstein, Anton Leuski, Jillian Gerten, David Traum

We present a new approach for rapidly developing dialogue capabilities for virtual humans. Starting from domain specification, an integrated authoring interface automatically generates dialogue acts with all possible contents. These dialogue acts are linked to example utterances in order to provide training data for natural language understanding and generation. The virtual human dialogue system contains a dialogue manager following the information-state approach, using finite-state machines and SCXML to manage local coherence, as well as explicit modeling of emotions and compliance level and a grounding component based on evidence of understanding. Using the authoring tools, we design and implement a version of the virtual human Hassan and compare to previous architectures for the character.


doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2008-616

Cite as: Gandhe, S., DeVault, D., Roque, A., Martinovski, B., Artstein, R., Leuski, A., Gerten, J., Traum, D. (2008) From domain specification to virtual humans: an integrated approach to authoring tactical questioning characters. Proc. Interspeech 2008, 2486-2489, doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2008-616

@inproceedings{gandhe08_interspeech,
  author={Sudeep Gandhe and David DeVault and Antonio Roque and Bilyana Martinovski and Ron Artstein and Anton Leuski and Jillian Gerten and David Traum},
  title={{From domain specification to virtual humans: an integrated approach to authoring tactical questioning characters}},
  year=2008,
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2008},
  pages={2486--2489},
  doi={10.21437/Interspeech.2008-616}
}