Leveraging Multimodal Dialog Technology for the Design of Automated and Interactive Student Agents for Teacher Training

David Pautler, Vikram Ramanarayanan, Kirby Cofino, Patrick Lange, David Suendermann-Oeft


Abstract
We present a paradigm for interactive teacher training that leverages multimodal dialog technology to puppeteer custom-designed embodied conversational agents (ECAs) in student roles. We used the open-source multimodal dialog system HALEF to implement a small-group classroom math discussion involving Venn diagrams where a human teacher candidate has to interact with two student ECAs whose actions are controlled by the dialog system. Such an automated paradigm has the potential to be extended and scaled to a wide range of interactive simulation scenarios in education, medicine, and business where group interaction training is essential.
Anthology ID:
W18-5029
Volume:
Proceedings of the 19th Annual SIGdial Meeting on Discourse and Dialogue
Month:
July
Year:
2018
Address:
Melbourne, Australia
Venues:
SIGDIAL | WS
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SIGDIAL
Publisher:
Association for Computational Linguistics
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Pages:
249–252
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https://www.aclweb.org/anthology/W18-5029
DOI:
10.18653/v1/W18-5029
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