The Challenge of Modeling Dialog Dynamics

Workshop on Modeling Human Communication Dynamics,
at the 24th Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems, 2010.

Nigel G. Ward
Department of Computer Science, University of Texas at El Paso

Abstract: This paper advocates the development of general models of dialog dynamics: across observables such as prosody, gesture, facial expression, proxemics, posture and gaze; across functions such as turn-taking, meta-communication, interpersonal relation management, and affect expression; and largely independently of semantic content. The paper also suggests a way to frame dialog dynamics as a machine learning problem, and surveys some issues and complications.

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