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24 January 2008

Spoken Dialogue for Intelligent Tutoring Systems: Opportunities and Challenges

Location: KMI Podium
Time: 12:30pm - 13:45pm
Speaker(s): Prof Diane Litman - currently Leverhulme Visiting Professor at Edinburgh University

Leverhulme Lecture: In recent years, the development of intelligent tutoring dialogue systems has become more prevalent, in an attempt to close the performance gap between human and computer tutors. Tutoring applications differ in many ways, however, from the types of applications for which spoken dialogue systems are typically developed. This talk will illustrate some of the opportunities and challenges in this area, focusing on issues such as affective reasoning, discourse and dialogue analysis, and performance evaluation. The speaker is a Leverhulme Visiting Professor at the University of Edinburgh and this talk is designated as a Leverhulme Lecture. BIO: Diane Litman is Professor of Computer Science, as well as Research Scientist with the Learning Research and Development Center, at the University of Pittsburgh. Previously, Dr. Litman was a member of the Artificial Intelligence Principles Research Department, AT&T Labs - Research (formerly Bell Laboratories); she was also an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University. Dr. Litman received her Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Rochester. Dr. Litman has been Chair of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics, a member of the Executive Committee of the Association for Computational Linguistics, and a member of the editorial boards of Computational Linguistics and User Modeling and User-Adapted Interaction.

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