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Presented by Dr Dan Angus

Date: Friday 24 August, 2018
Time: 3:00pm-4:00pm
Location: Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2), Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37) 


Sorry I couldn’t find any results for ‘title my talk’. Despite being of utmost importance for interpreting speech, most commercial conversation bots and speech analysis systems ignore the wider pragmatics of talk. Pitch, pause, intensity, gaze, and other important modalities are discarded by bots, which also refrain from interrupting or talking over their human counterpart, despite its equally important role in natural conversation. In this talk I will look at recent trends towards the inclusion of pragmatics in bot technology, including some of our own original analytic tools for analysis of pitch, pause and intensity in conversation. I will critique current trends in home speech-bot technologies and examine what this shift towards more social speech systems means for research and society. 

This research is supported by the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language.



Dr Daniel Angus is a senior lecturer in computational social science, journalism program coordinator, and leader of the Communication Analytics Lab in the School of Communication and Arts. His research focuses on the development of visualization and analysis methods for communication data, with a specific focus on conversation data. His computational methods have improved our understanding of the nature of communication in medical consultations, conversations in aged care settings, television broadcast, social media, and newspaper reporting. Dr Angus has been involved in computer science research for 15 years and contributes regularly to media and industry on the impact of technology on society.  

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Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2), Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)