SIGdial 2012

13th Annual SIGdial Meeting on Discourse and Dialogue

Towards Mediating Shared Perceptual Basis in Situated Dialogue

Presented by:
Changsong Liu
Changsong Liu, Rui Fang, Joyce Chai

To enable effective referential grounding in situated human robot dialogue, we have conducted an empirical study to investigate how conversation partners collaborate and mediate shared basis when they have mismatched visual perceptual capabilities. In particular, we have developed a graph-based representation to capture linguistic discourse and visual discourse, and applied inexact graph matching to ground references. Our empirical results have shown that, even when computer vision algorithms produce many errors (e.g. 84.7% of the objects in the environment are mis-recognized), our approach can still achieve 66% accuracy in referential grounding. These results demonstrate that, due to its error-tolerance nature, inexact graph matching provides a potential solution to mediate shared perceptual basis for referential grounding in situated interaction.