!DOCTYPE html> Language-Based AI Agent Interaction with Children
In conjunction with IWSDS 2023, Los Angeles
Language-Based AI Agent Interaction with Children
@IWSDS'23, Los Angeles, USA - February 21st, 2023

In this workshop, we aim to bring together researchers looking into multimodal interactions between children and artificial agents to discuss research problems that center around interactivity and go beyond just processing child speech. We are interested in discussing approaches to intent classification in child speech, designing dialogue flow with characters that primarily interact with children, as well as repair strategies, active listening behavior, and other aspects of dialogue modelling. Moreover, multiparty conversations involving several children, children and their adult caregivers or several artificial characters are of particular interest to this workshop.

  • Natural Language Understanding of Child Speech
  • Dialogue Modelling of Child-Agent, Child-Robot, Child-Child and Child-Adult speech
  • Conversational Flow and Repair in Dialogue with Children
  • Multiparty-Interaction Involving Children
  • Multimodal Processing of Child Interactions
  • Automatic Speech Recognition of Child Speech
  • Evaluating Child Interactions with Artificial Agents
  • Challenges in Designing Interactions for Children
  • Datasets of Child-Child, Child-Adult or Child-Agent/Robot Interaction

The workshop format will be hybrid this year, with an option to attend online. For registrations, please use the IWSDS 2023 registration page.

  1. Casey Kennington, Jerry Alan Fails, Katherine Landau Wright and Maria Soledad Pera: Conversational Agents and Children: Let Children Learn.
  2. Yu Bai, Ferdy Hubers, Catia Cucchiarini, Roeland van Hout and Helmer Strik: An Automatic Speech Recognition-enabled Reading Tutor: investigating feedback to optimize interaction for learning to read.
  3. Jie Cao, Rachel Dickler, Marie Grace, Jeffrey Bush, Alessandro Roncone, Leanne Hirshfield, Marilyn Walker and Martha Palmer: Designing an AI Partner for Jigsaw Classrooms.
  4. Cristina Conati, Sebastien Lalle and Nilay Yalcin: Fostering Effective Interaction with Intelligent Pedagogical Agents to Help Children learn Computational Thinking Skills.
  5. Marina Escobar-Planas, Emilia Gómez and Carlos David Martinez Hinarejos: From Ethical Guidelines to Practical Guidance to Develop Trustworthy Conversational Agents for Children.
  6. Kallirroi Georgila: Considerations for Child Speech Synthesis for dialogue systems.
  7. Jill Lehman: Every Voice: A Proposal for a National Initiative in Children’s Speech Recognition.
09:00 - 09:10 Opening
09:10 - 09:40 Keynote: Prof. Khiet Truong
Towards spoken conversational interaction technology
09:40 - 10:20 Session I: Conversational Agents for Child Learning
Papers 1,2,3,4
10:20 - 10:50 Roundtable I: Steps towards using language-based
interaction in child tutoring applications
10:50 - 11:20 Coffee Break
11:20 - 11:50 Keynote: Prof. Shrikanth Narayanan
Child-centered Multimodal Intelligence
11:50 - 12:20 Session II: Child Data for Language
Understanding and Generation
Papers 5,6,7
12:20 - 12:50 Roundtable II: Practical and Ethical considerations
on datasets for child speech
12:50 - 13:00 Farewell

Schedule provided in local time, PST - UTC-8.

  • Ella Velner, University of Twente, Netherlands
  • Haoqi Li, Amazon, USA
  • Heysem Kaya, Utrecht University, Netherlands
  • Iolanda Leite, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Jill Lehman, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • Marilyn Walker, University of California Santa Cruz, USA
  • Prashanth Gurunath Shivakumar, Amazon, USA
  • Sarah Gillet, KTH, Sweden
  • Tony Belpaeme, Ghent University, Belgium
  • Vicky Charisi, European Commission, JRC, Centre for Advanced Studies

  • email : aichildinteractionATgmail.com
    (Use this subject line: IWSDS 2023 AI Child Interaction Workshop )
  • google group: ai-child-interactions@googlegroups.com