SIGdial 2018

19th Annual SIGdial Meeting on Discourse and Dialogue

Predicting Perceived Age: Both Language Ability and Appearance are Important

Sarah Plane, Ariel Marvasti, Tyler Egan, Casey Kennington

When interacting with robots in a situated spoken dialogue setting, human dialogue partners tend to assign anthropomorphic and social characteristics to those robots. In this paper, we explore the age and educational level that human dialogue partners assign to three different robotic systems, including an un-embodied spoken dialogue system. We found that how a robot speaks is as important to human perceptions as the way the robot looks. Using the data from our experiment, we derived prosodic, emotional, and linguistic features from the participants to train and evaluate a classifier that predicts perceived intelligence, age, and education level.