Dipl. Vladislav Maraev, M.A., University of Gothenburg, Sweden
What does laughter mean for a dialogue system?


Vladislav Maraev of the University of Gothenburg will present a research talk at OFAI entitled, "What does laughter mean for a dialogue system?" Members of the public are cordially invited to attend via Zoom on Wednesday, 28 July at 18:30 CEST:

URL: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88202206376?pwd=eU5GT1RtR1VXaW5EU0lYbkR4SlFaZz09
Meeting ID: 882 0220 6376
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Dipl. Vladislav Maraev, M.A. is a doctoral researcher at the Centre for Linguistic Theory and Studies in Probability (CLASP), Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Talk abstract: Laughter is a non-verbal social signal which is omnipresent in our everyday interactions. Nevertheless, current spoken dialogue systems are not equipped to understand and express the contextual variety of meanings associated with it. In this talk I will discuss our recent studies aimed at achieving this goal. In the first part of my talk, I focus on the role of laughter in meaning construction and attribution of communicative intents, showing how different dialogue acts are characterised by specific laughter patterns. In the second part, I will look at the particular instances of laughs in task-oriented dialogue and propose a formal account for dealing with them in a dialogue management component of spoken dialogue systems.