12th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Florence, Italy
August 27-31. 2011

Recording Caregiver Interactions for Machine Acquisition of Spoken Language Using the KLAIR Virtual Infant

Mark Huckvale

University College London, UK

The goals of the KLAIR project are to facilitate research into the computational modelling of spoken language acquisition. Previously we have described the KLAIR toolkit that implements a virtual infant that can see, hear and talk. In this paper we describe how the toolkit has been enhanced and extended to make it easier to build interactive applications that promote dialogues with human subjects, and also to record and document them. Primary developments are the introduction of 3D models, integration of speech recognition, real-time video recording, support for .NET languages, and additional tools for supporting interactive experiments. An example experimental configuration is described in which KLAIR appears to learn how to say the names of toys in order to encourage dialogue with caregivers.

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Bibliographic reference.  Huckvale, Mark (2011): "Recording caregiver interactions for machine acquisition of spoken language using the KLAIR virtual infant", In INTERSPEECH-2011, 3277-3280.