Abstract -- Most research to date on spoken language interaction has focused on supporting dialog with single users in limited domains and contexts. Efforts in this space have led to significant progress, including wide-scale deployments of telephony-based systems and voice-enabled mobile assistants. At the same time, numerous and important challenges in the realm of physically situated, open-world interaction have remained largely unaddressed (e.g., language interaction with robots in a public space, in-car systems, ambient assistants, etc.) In this talk, I will give an overview of the Situated Interaction project at Microsoft Research, which aims to address some of these challenges. Specifically, I will outline a core set of communicative competencies required for supporting dialog in physically situated settings – such as models of multiparty engagement, turn-taking and interaction planning, and I will present samples of our work as part of a broader research agenda in this space.
Speaker’s Bio -- Dan Bohus is a Senior Researcher in the Adaptive Systems and Interaction Group at Microsoft Research. His research agenda is focused on physically situated, open-world spoken language interaction. Before joining Microsoft Research, Dan has received his Ph.D. degree (2007) in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.