14thAnnual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Lyon, France
August 25-29, 2013

Estimation of Interest and Comprehension Level of Audience Through Multi-Modal Behaviors in Poster Conversations

Tatsuya Kawahara, Soichiro Hayashi, Katsuya Takanashi

Kyoto University, Japan

We address the estimation of the interest and comprehension level of an audience in poster sessions. Compared to lecture presentations, the audience's behaviors such as gazing and backchannels are more observable in poster presentations. These multi-modal behaviors are presumably related with their interest and comprehension level. We also assume that the interest and comprehension level can be judged by particular speech acts of the audience such as questions and reactive tokens. First, we make a preliminary analysis on their correlation. Next, we investigate the relationship between the audience's behaviors and the question type. Then, we conduct prediction of questions and their type based on the multi-modal behaviors during the relevant topic segment. Experimental results show that verbal backchannels and eye-gaze patterns are good predictors to this task, and also the combination of the multi-modal features is effective.

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Bibliographic reference.  Kawahara, Tatsuya / Hayashi, Soichiro / Takanashi, Katsuya (2013): "Estimation of interest and comprehension level of audience through multi-modal behaviors in poster conversations", In INTERSPEECH-2013, 1882-1885.