Appel: AAAI Symposium on Turn-taking and Coordination in Human-Machine Interaction

Thierry Hamon hamon at LIMSI.FR
Tue Oct 7 19:34:38 UTC 2014

Date:         Fri, 19 Sep 2014 23:09:55 +0000
From:         Dan Bohus <dbohus at MICROSOFT.COM>
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AAAI Symposium on Turn-taking and Coordination in Human-Machine

March 23-25th, 2015

Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

The AAAI Symposium on Turn-taking and Coordination in Human-Machine
Interaction will bring together researchers across multiple
disciplines--including multimodal systems, human-robot interaction,
embodied conversational agents, and spoken dialogue systems--to address
a topic of common interest: the modeling, realization, and evaluation of
turn-taking and real-time action coordination between humans and
artificial interactive systems. This symposium will serve to build
common ground for researchers from these disparate backgrounds to share
their perspectives, methodologies, and results from their own
investigations into the problem of multimodal coordination.

Regulating human-computer coordination hinges critically on multimodal
sensing, making decisions under uncertainty and time constraints, and on
synchronizing behaviors across different output modalities. On the
sensing side, there are numerous challenges with tracking the
conversational dynamics from multimodal data. Making coordination
decisions often requires reasoning under uncertainty and strict time
constraints. Designing and rendering appropriate coordination behaviors
(e.g., floor-taking actions, floor-releasing actions, and back-channels)
appropriate for the affordances of a system's embodiment raises
additional challenges.

Topics Include, but are not limited to:

- models for coordinating linguistic and non-linguistic actions

- computational models for multi-party coordination and turn-taking

- multimodal inference for turn-taking (inferences about user
  utterances, transition relevant places, floor control actions,
  backchannels, etc.)

- incremental speech and audio-visual processing

- high-frequency, real-time decision making under uncertainty

- fusion of multiple information sources for making coordination

- machine learning for multimodal inference and making coordination

- communication dynamics in human-human action coordination and

- listener feedback behavior, including back-channel generation

- turn-taking phenomena and affordances (e.g. linguistic and
  non-linguistic actions such as disfluencies, filled pauses, hedging,
  floor-holding, gestures and gaze, etc)

- generation of coordination and turn-taking behaviours (behavioural

- issues in coordination among parties with asymmetric roles, goals, or

- effects of social factors and relationships on coordination behaviour

- cross-linguistic and cross-cultural factors

- corpora and resources for action coordination and turn-taking research

- metrics and methodologies for assessing coordination competencies

- empirical evaluation of action coordination and turn-taking models

- comparisons across human-robot interaction, embodied conversational
  agents, and spoken dialogue systems


Prospective authors are invited to submit full technical papers (up to 8
pages) and short position papers (up to 4 pages). Accepted papers will
be published in a technical report on the AAAI Digital Library.

In addition, we invite submission of videos (up to 5 minutes with a 1
page accompanying description) that illustrate both successful
coordination in human-machine interactions as well as failure cases, as
we believe these are as important (if not more) in driving research and
the field forward. The accepted videos will be presented during a video
session, and will serve as drivers for an open, plenary discussion on
research challenges and opportunities in this area. The video
descriptions will be archived in the AAAI Digital Library, and the
accepted videos will be stored on the symposium website.

All submission should be made in AAAI format. Submissions should be made
via the EasyChair site below; no email submissions will be
accepted. Submissions should not be anonymized, and the author names and
affiliations should be displayed on the first page.

Submission Site:

For further information, see

Important Dates:

Submission Deadline: October 20, 2014
Notification of Acceptance: November 10, 2014
Camera-Ready Deadline: January 19, 2015
Symposium Date: March 23-25, 2015


- Sean Andrist (sandrist at, University of Wisconsin-Madison,
- Dan Bohus (dbohus at, Microsoft Research, USA
- Eric Horvitz (horvitz at, Microsoft Research, USA
- Bilge Mutlu (bilge at, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
- David Schlangen (david.schlangen at, Bielefeld
  University, Germany


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