DesertWoZ: a Wizard of Oz environment to support the design of collaborative conversational agents

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Abstract

The use of conversational agents to support team-based training in virtual environments is a nascent area of research within the Computer Supported Collaborative Work (CSCW) and Conversational User Interface (CUI) communities. To support this research, we developed a Wizard of Oz (WoZ) system enabling experimenters to play the role of the conversational agent who must work with a team of three human participants to herd together a group of autonomous robots (target agents) within a virtual task environment. The experimenter can select from one of several tailored responses. The aim of this environment is to determine whether the identified responses facilitate effective team performance and to collect training data to build a conversational agent capable of engaging in team based virtual learning environments.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCSCW '22
Subtitle of host publicationConference companion publication of the 2022 Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages188-192
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781450391900
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022
EventACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (25th : 2022) - Virtual, Online, Taiwan
Duration: 8 Nov 202222 Nov 2022

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW

Conference

ConferenceACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (25th : 2022)
Abbreviated titleCSCW 2022
Country/TerritoryTaiwan
CityVirtual, Online
Period8/11/2222/11/22

Keywords

  • collaborative agent
  • conversational user interface
  • virtual environment
  • wizard of oz

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