ESR12 : The influence of alignment

PhD fellowship

Setting up a conversational interaction between a participant and the Furhat robot, with Prof Štefan Beňuš at IISAS, Bratislava 

Objectives:

Alignment in both human-human and human-machine interactions has been shown to be beneficial on several social dimensions such as likeability, task success, learning gains, or trust. ESR12 will test the central hypothesis that people (and machines) who adapt to their interlocutor(s) influence their interlocutors’ behavior and emotional state more than people/machines who do not adapt.


Expected results:

  • Scenario design for gauging the effect of alignment on users’ states;
  • Knowledge regarding the potential of speech alignment to affect the emotional states and decision-making preferences;
  • Better understanding of the differences between machines and human interlocutors.

Based in Bratislava, Slovakia

Full-time three-year contract, starting September 2020

PhD enrolment at: Slovak Technical University, Bratislava

Main supervisor’s institution: IISAS, Bratislava

Main supervisor: Prof Štefan Beňuš

Secondments:

  • Orange Labs, Lannion: strategies for dealing with displeased users of automatic conversational systems, identifying the markers of alignment and integrating them in the architecture of conversational systems and Internet of Things devices (5 months);
  • Hong Kong Polytechnic University: ontological and linguistic models for representation and verification of alignment (specifically, alignment of emotion stated by checking explicit clues such as pre-emotion cause and post-emotion (re)action) (5,5 months).

Co-supervisors’ institutions:

  • Orange Labs, Lannion, France
  • Hong Kong Polytechnic University


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