Do You Really Want to Know? Display Questions in Human-Robot Dialogues

Maxim Makatchev and Reid Simmons
Proc. of AAAI Fall Symposium on Dialog with Robots, December, 2010.


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Abstract
Not all questions are asked with the same intention. Humans tend to address the implicit meaning of the question (that contributes to its \textit{pragmatic force}), which requires knowledge of the context and a degree of common ground, more so than addressing the explicit propositional content of the question. Is recognizing the pragmatic force in today's human-robot dialogue systems worth the trouble? We focus on display questions (questions to which the asker already knows the answer) and argue that there are realistic human-robot interaction scenarios in existence today that would benefit from the deeper intention recognition. We also propose a method for obtaining display question annotations by embedding an elicitation question into the dialogue. The preliminary study of our robot receptionist shows that at least 16.7% of interactions with the embedded elicitation question include a display question.

Keywords
display questions, pragmatics, human-robot dialogue

Notes
Associated Center(s) / Consortia: Vision and Autonomous Systems Center and Quality of Life Technology Center
Associated Lab(s) / Group(s): Reliable Autonomous Systems Lab and Human-Robot Interaction Group
Associated Project(s): Roboceptionist

Text Reference
Maxim Makatchev and Reid Simmons, "Do You Really Want to Know? Display Questions in Human-Robot Dialogues," Proc. of AAAI Fall Symposium on Dialog with Robots, December, 2010.

BibTeX Reference
@inproceedings{Makatchev_2010_6708,
   author = "Maxim Makatchev and Reid Simmons",
   title = "Do You Really Want to Know? Display Questions in Human-Robot Dialogues",
   booktitle = "Proc. of AAAI Fall Symposium on Dialog with Robots",
   publisher = "AAAI Press",
   month = "December",
   year = "2010",
}