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A more naturalistic interaction: using back-channeling in smart-speakers to indicate active listening

In this project, we aim to extend the capabilities of smart-speakers (such as Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Siri, etc.) to support more engaging interactions with their users. Specifically, we would like to make the future of smart-speakers more conversational. One of the key aspects in developing a conversation is to be an active listener; showing interest in the speaker and allowing them to extend their turn in talk. In this study we investigate how smart-speakers can become better listeners by incorporating some of the human-human conversational features of active listening. Our question is, how can smart-speakers extend the users' turn in talk by being better listeners?
Nasim Motalebi at or 814-753-2081
18 year(s) or older
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Inclusion Criteria:
18 years of age and older
English speaking individuals
Exclusion Criteria:
under 18 years old
non english-speaking individuals
Mental & Behavioral Health
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State College, PA