Brian Vaughan


The Herme Database of Spontaneous Multimodal Human-Robot Dialogues
Jing Guang Han | Emer Gilmartin | Celine De Looze | Brian Vaughan | Nick Campbell
Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC'12)

This paper presents methodologies and tools for language resource (LR) construction. It describes a database of interactive speech collected over a three-month period at the Science Gallery in Dublin, where visitors could take part in a conversation with a robot. The system collected samples of informal, chatty dialogue -- normally difficult to capture under laboratory conditions for human-human dialogue, and particularly so for human-machine interaction. The conversations were based on a script followed by the robot consisting largely of social chat with some task-based elements. The interactions were audio-visually recorded using several cameras together with microphones. As part of the conversation the participants were asked to sign a consent form giving permission to use their data for human-machine interaction research. The multimodal corpus will be made available to interested researchers and the technology developed during the three-month exhibition is being extended for use in education and assisted-living applications.

Vers un mesure automatique de l’adaptation prosodique en interaction conversationnelle (Automatic measurement of prosodic accommodation in conversational interaction) [in French]
Céline De Looze | Stefan Scherer | Brian Vaughan | Nick Campbell
Proceedings of the Joint Conference JEP-TALN-RECITAL 2012, volume 1: JEP