Current and previous research topics

In the ongoing project and its predecessors, we keep exploring and evaluating the domain of conversational spoken interaction in a real-world assistive setting. Our systems are engineered to be accessible by everyone, including elderly people and people with various cognitive impairments in the design process. Our particular interest is in harnessing the features of an incremental, conversational approach to avoid and repair communication problems, bolstered by the employment of a multimodal information presentation system personified by a virtual humanoid agent.
We closely cooperate with our corporate partner, health and social care provider v. Bodelschwinghsche Stiftungen Bethel.
Most recent project: KOMPASS (2015-2017)
Previous projects: VASA (2011-2012), VERSTANDEN (2012-2015),
Related publications
(PDFs pre-print)
Yaghoubzadeh & Kopp (2017): "Enabling robust and fluid spoken dialogue with cognitively impaired users", SIGdial 2017 [bib] [pdf]
Yaghoubzadeh & Kopp (2016): "Towards graceful turn management in human-agent interaction for people with cognitive impairments", SLPAT 2016 [bib] [pdf]
Yaghoubzadeh & Kopp (2016): "flexdiam – flexible dialogue management for problem-aware, incremental spoken interaction for all user groups" (demo paper), SLPAT 2016 [bib] [pdf]
Yaghoubzadeh & Kopp (2016): "flexdiam – flexible dialogue management for incremental interaction with virtual agents" (demo paper), IVA 2016 [bib] [pdf]
Yaghoubzadeh & Kopp (2015): "Spoken Language, Conversational Assistive Systems for People with Cognitive Impairments? – Yes, If." (Poster abstract), ASSETS 2015 [bib] [pdf]
Yaghoubzadeh, Pitsch & Kopp (2015): "Adaptive Grounding and Dialogue Management for Autonomous Conversational Assistants for Elderly Users", IVA 2015 [bib] [pdf]
Yaghoubzadeh, Kramer, Pitsch & Kopp (2013): "Virtual Agents as Daily Assistants for Elderly or Cognitively Impaired People", IVA 2013 [bib] [pdf]
Yaghoubzadeh & Kopp (2012): "Toward a Virtual Assistant for Vulnerable Users: Designing Careful Interaction", SMIAE 2012 [bib] [pdf]
Schlangen et al. (2010): "Middleware for Incremental Processing in Conversational Agents", SIGdial 2010 [bib] [pdf]
Ramin Yaghoubzadeh —
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