Revisiting habitability in conversational systems

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Conversational systems are inherently disadvantaged when indicating either what capabilities they have or the state they are in. The notion of habitability, the appropriate balancing in design between the language people use and the language a system can accept, emerged out of these early difficulties with conversational systems. This literature review aims to summarize progress in habitability research and explore implications for the design of current AI-enabled conversational systems. We found that i) the definitions of habitability focus mostly on matching between user expectations and system capabilities by employing well-balanced restrictions on language use; ii) there are two comprehensive design perspectives on different domains of habitability; iii) there is one standardized questionnaire with a sub-scale to measure habitability in a limited way. The review has allowed us to propose a working definition of habitability and some design implications that may prove useful for guiding future research and practice in this field.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI EA '20
Subtitle of host publicationExtended Abstracts of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781450368193
Publication statusPublished - 25 Apr 2020
Event2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Honolulu, United States
Duration: 25 Apr 202030 Apr 2020


Conference2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Conversational interfaces
  • conversational agents
  • chatbots
  • habitability
  • evaluation
  • design
  • Voice user interfaces
  • Dialog systems
  • Spoken dialog systems
  • User experience
  • Design principles

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