ISCA International Workshop on Speech and Language Technology in Education (SLaTE 2009)

Wroxall Abbey Estate, Warwickshire, England
September 3-5, 2009

Culture-Driven Response Strategies for Virtual Human Behavior in Training Systems

Alicia Sagae, Baylor Wetzel, Andre Valente, W. Lewis Johnson

Alelo, Inc Los Angeles, CA, USA

In this work we introduce a set of response strategies that capture the effect of cultural norms on the behavior of conversational agents in language and culture training systems. Response strategies cover behavior such as deception, vagueness, and distraction. Starting from a vocabulary of strategies derived from the literature on compliance and cooperation, we compare this explicit list to evidence of implicit strategizing in hand-authored dialogs captured from a serious game system. As a result, we find that the strategy representation codifies a layer of communicative information that seems to be necessary for believable dialog in the context of teaching cultural communication skills. We also explore how dialog strategies can be explicitly authored and tested, presenting results from an implemented prototype.

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Bibliographic reference.  Sagae, Alicia / Wetzel, Baylor / Valente, Andre / Johnson, W. Lewis (2009): "Culture-driven response strategies for virtual human behavior in training systems", In SLaTE-2009, 1-4.