A simulation of small group discussion

Emiliano Padilha, Jean Carletta

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We describe a simulation of turn-taking in small group discussion which includes behaviours from a range of modalities such as speech, gaze, facial expression, gesture, and posture. The simulation is intended to show how these behaviours contribute to the turn-taking process. The agents that participate in the discussion make probabilistic decisions about whether or not to exhibit behaviours such as speaking, making a backchannel, or shifting posture, within a general framework suggested by the existing largely descriptive literature on turn-taking. The group behaviours that characterize turn-taking models, such as turns, simultaneous speech, and competition for the floor, emerge from the individual behaviours of the agents. At this stage in the project the basic model has been designed and prototyped.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Event6th Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue (EDILOG 2002) - University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 Sep 20026 Sep 2002


Workshop6th Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue (EDILOG 2002)
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

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