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Ph.D. Dissertation

Contribution Tracking: Participating in Task-Oriented Dialogue under Uncertainty David DeVault, Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Computer Science, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ, October, 2008.

Committee: Dr. Matthew Stone, Dr. Chung-chieh Shan, Dr. Michael Littman, Dr. David Traum

Publications

Challenges in Building Highly-Interactive Dialog Systems, Nigel Ward and David DeVault, in AI Magazine, 2017.

Toward incremental dialogue act segmentation in fast-paced interactive dialogue systems, Ramesh Manuvinakurike, Maike Paetzel, Cheng Qu, David Schlangen, and David DeVault, in the 17th Annual SIGdial Meeting on Discourse and Dialogue (SIGDIAL), 2016.

Real-Time Understanding of Complex Discriminative Scene Descriptions, Ramesh Manuvinakurike, Casey Kennington, David DeVault, and David Schlangen, in the 17th Annual SIGdial Meeting on Discourse and Dialogue (SIGDIAL), 2016.

The Benefits of Virtual Humans for Teaching Negotiation , Jonathan Gratch, David DeVault, and Gale Lucas, in the 16th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA), 2016.

PentoRef: A Corpus of Spoken References in Task-oriented Dialogues , Sina Zarrieß, Julian Hough, Casey Kennington, Ramesh Manuvinakurike, David DeVault, Raquel Fernandez, and David Schlangen, to appear in LREC 2016.

"So, which one is it?" The effect of alternative incremental architectures in a high-performance game-playing agent Maike Paetzel, Ramesh Manuvinakurike, and David DeVault, in the 16th Annual SIGdial Meeting on Discourse and Dialogue (SIGDIAL), 2015. Best Paper Award

Reducing the Cost of Dialogue System Training and Evaluation with Online, Crowd-Sourced Dialogue Data Collection Ramesh Manuvinakurike, Maike Paetzel, and David DeVault, The 19th Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue (SemDial), 2015.

Negotiation as a Challenge Problem for Virtual Humans, Jonathan Gratch, David DeVault, Gale Lucas, Stacy Marsella, in the 15th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA), 2015.

A Demonstration of the Perception System in SimSensei, a Virtual Human Application for Healthcare Interviews Stratou, G., Morency, L-P., DeVault, D., Hartholt, A., Fast, E., Lhommet, M., Lucas, G., Morbini, F., Georgila, K., Scherer, S., Gratch, J., Marsella, S., Traum, D., and Rizzo, A., in The 2015 International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction (ACII), 2015. Best Demo Paper Award

Toward Natural Turn-Taking in a Virtual Human Negotiation Agent, David DeVault, Johnathan Mell, and Jonathan Gratch, in the AAAI 2015 Spring Symposium on Turn-taking and Coordination in Human-Machine Interaction, 2015, Palo Alto, CA.

Ten Challenges in Highly-Interactive Dialog Systems, Nigel Ward and David DeVault, in the AAAI 2015 Spring Symposium on Turn-taking and Coordination in Human-Machine Interaction, 2015, Palo Alto, CA.

SimSensei Demonstration: A Perceptive Virtual Human Interviewer for Healthcare Applications Louis-Philippe Morency, Giota Stratou, David DeVault, Arno Hartholt, Margaux Lhommet, Gale Lucas, Fabrizio Morbini, Kallirroi Georgila, Stefan Scherer, Jonathan Gratch, Stacy Marsella, David Traum, Albert Rizzo, in AAAI 2015.

Pair Me Up: A Web Framework for Crowd-Sourced Spoken Dialogue Collection, Ramesh Manuvinakurike and David DeVault, in the IWSDS 2015 Workshop on Spoken Dialog Systems, Busan, South Korea, 2015.

Pursuing and Demonstrating Understanding in Dialogue David DeVault and Matthew Stone, in Natural Language Generation in Interactive Systems, edited by Amanda Stent and Srinivas Bangalore, Cambridge University Press, p.34-62, 2014.

Mr. Clue - A Virtual Agent that can Play Word-Guessing Games Eli Pincus, David DeVault, and David Traum, at the 3rd Workshop on Games and NLP (GAMNLP-14).

A Demonstration of Dialogue Processing in SimSensei Kiosk, Fabrizio Morbini, David DeVault, Kallirroi Georgila, Ron Artstein, David Traum, Louis-Philippe Morency, in SigDial 2014.

The Distress Analysis Interview Corpus of human and computer interviews, Jonathan Gratch, Ron Artstein, Gale Lucas, Stefan Scherer, Angela Nazarian, Rachel Wood, Jill Boberg, David DeVault, Stacy Marsella, David Traum, Skip Rizzo, Louis-Philippe Morency, in the Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC) 2014.

A Multimodal Corpus of Rapid Dialogue Games , Maike Paetzel, David Nicolas Racca, David DeVault, in the Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC) 2014.

SimSensei Kiosk: A Virtual Human Interviewer for Healthcare Decision Support, David DeVault, Ron Artstein, Grace Benn, Teresa Dey, Alesia Egan, Ed Fast, Kallirroi Georgila, Jon Gratch, Arno Hartholt, Margaux Lhommet, Gale Lucas, Stacy Marsella, Fabrizio Morbini, Angela Nazarian, Stefan Scherer, Giota Stratou, Apar Suri, David Traum, Rachel Wood, Yuyu Xu, Skip Rizzo, Louis-Philippe Morency, in the 13th International Conference on Autonomous Agents And Multiagent Systems (AAMAS) 2014. Nominated for Best Paper

A Model for Incremental Grounding in Spoken Dialogue Systems, Thomas Visser, David Traum, David DeVault, Rieks op den Akker, in Journal on Multimodal User Interfaces, March 2014

Verbal indicators of psychological distress in interactive dialogue with a virtual human , David DeVault, Kallirroi Georgila, Ron Artstein, Fabrizio Morbini, David Traum, Stefan Scherer, Albert (Skip) Rizzo, Louis-Philippe Morency, in the 14th Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue (SigDial 2013). Nominated for Best Paper.

A method for the approximation of incremental understanding of explicit utterance meaning using predictive models in finite domains, David DeVault and David Traum, in the 2013 Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies (NAACL-HLT 2013)

Multimodal Prediction of Psychological Disorder: Learning Nonverbal Commonality in Adjacency Pairs, Zhou Yu, Stefan Scherer, David Devault, Jon Gratch, Giota Stratou, Louis-Philippe Morency and Justine Cassell, in the 17th Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue (SemDial 2013)

FLoReS: A Forward Looking, Reward Seeking, Dialogue Manager Fabrizio Morbini, David DeVault, Kenji Sagae, Jillian Gerten, Angela Nazarian, David Traum, in 4th International Workshop on Spoken Dialog Systems, 2012.

Toward a Model for Incremental Grounding in Spoken Dialogue Systems Thomas Visser, David Traum, David DeVault, Rieks op den Akker, in the Workshop on Real-Time Conversations with Virtual Agents (RCVA 2012), Santa Cruz, California, September 2012.

Incremental Dialogue Understanding and Feedback for Multiparty, Multimodal Conversation David Traum, David DeVault, Jina Lee, Zhiyang Wang, and Stacy Marsella, to appear in the 12th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA 2012) .

A Demonstration of Incremental Speech Understanding and Confidence Estimation in a Virtual Human Dialogue System David DeVault and David Traum, demonstration in the 13th annual SIGdial Meeting on Discourse and Dialogue (SigDial 2012) .

A Mixed-Initiative Conversational Dialogue System for Healthcare Fabrizio Morbini, Eric Forbell, David DeVault, Kenji Sagae, David Traum and Albert Rizzo, demonstration in the 13th annual SIGdial Meeting on Discourse and Dialogue (SigDial 2012) .

A Study in How NLU Performance Can Affect the Choice of Dialogue System Architecture Anton Leuski and David DeVault, in the 13th annual SIGdial Meeting on Discourse and Dialogue (SigDial 2012) .

Incremental Speech Understanding in a Multi-Party Virtual Human Dialogue System David DeVault and David Traum, demonstration in The 2012 Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies (NAACL-HLT 2012) .

An Evaluation of Alternative Strategies for Implementing Dialogue Policies Using Statistical Classification and Hand-Authored Rules David DeVault, Anton Leuski, Kenji Sagae, in the 5th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing (IJCNLP 2011) .

Toward Rapid Development of Multi-Party Virtual Human Negotiation Scenarios Brian Plüss, David DeVault, David Traum, in the 15th Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue (SemDial 2011) .

Checkpoint Exercise: Training with Virtual Actors in Virtual Worlds Dusan Jan, David Traum, Eric Chance, Dinesh Rajpurohit, David DeVault, Anton Leuski, Jacki Morie, in the 11th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA 2011) .

Detecting the Status of a Predictive Incremental Speech Understanding Model for Real-Time Decision-Making in a Spoken Dialogue System David DeVault, Kenji Sagae, and David Traum, in the 12th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (InterSpeech 2011).

Toward Learning and Evaluation of Dialogue Policies with Text Examples David DeVault, Anton Leuski, and Kenji Sagae, in the 12th annual SIGdial Meeting on Discourse and Dialogue (SigDial 2011).

An Approach to the Automated Evaluation of Pipeline Architectures in Natural Language Dialogue Systems Eliza Margaretha and David DeVault, in the 12th annual SIGdial Meeting on Discourse and Dialogue (SigDial 2011).

Incremental interpretation and prediction of utterance meaning for interactive dialogue David DeVault, Kenji Sagae, and David Traum, in Dialogue & Discourse, 2011.

Interpretation of Partial Utterances in Virtual Human Dialogue Systems Kenji Sagae, David DeVault, and David Traum, in the 11th Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (NAACL-HLT 2010 Demonstration), Los Angeles, June 2010.

IORelator: A Graphical User Interface to Enable Rapid Semantic Annotation for Data-Driven Natural Language Understanding David DeVault, Susan Robinson, and David Traum, in Fifth Joint ISO-ACL/SIGSEM Workshop on Interoperable Semantic Annotation (ISA-5), Hong Kong, January 2010.

Green Niche Market Development: A Model with Heterogeneous Agents Clinton Andrews and David DeVault, in Journal of Industrial Ecology, 2009.

Can I finish? Learning when to respond to incremental interpretation results in interactive dialogue David DeVault, Kenji Sagae, and David Traum, in The 10th Annual SIGDIAL Meeting on Discourse and Dialogue (SIGDIAL 2009), London, UK

Towards Natural Language Understanding of Partial Speech Recognition Results in Dialogue Systems Kenji Sagae, Gwen Christian, David DeVault and David Traum, in North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics - Human Language Technologies (NAACL HLT) 2009, Bounder, Colorado

Learning to Interpret Utterances Using Dialogue History David DeVault and Matthew Stone, The 12th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (EACL-09), Athens, Greece

Natural Language Dialogue Architectures for Tactical Questioning Characters, David Traum, Anton Leuksi, Antonio Roque, Sudeep Gandhe, David DeVault, Jillian Gerten, Susan Robinson, Bilyana Martinovski, Army Science Conference, Florida, December, 2008.

From Domain Specification to Virtual Humans: An integrated approach to authoring tactical questioning characters Sudeep Gandhe, David DeVault, Antonio Roque, Bilyana Martinovski, Ron Artstein, Anton Leuski, Jillian Gerten, and David Traum, Interspeech 2008, Brisbane, Australia, September 2008.

Making Grammar-Based Generation Easier to Deploy in Dialogue Systems David DeVault, David Traum, and Ron Artstein, The 9th SIGdial Workshop on Discourse and Dialogue (SIGdial 2008), Ohio, June, 2008.

Practical Grammar-Based NLG from Examples David DeVault, David Traum, and Ron Artstein, The Fifth International Natural Language Generation Conference (INLG 2008), Ohio, June, 2008.

Thoughts on FML: Behavior Generation in the Virtual Human Communication Architecture Jina Lee, David DeVault, Stacy Marsella, and David Traum, The First Functional Markup Language Workshop, Estoril, Portugal, May, 2008.

Managing ambiguities across utterances in dialogue David DeVault and Matthew Stone. The 2007 Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue (DECALOG 2007), University of Trento, Italy, May, 2007.

Enlightened update: A computational architecture for presupposition and other pragmatic phenomena Richmond H. Thomason, Matthew Stone and David DeVault. For the Ohio State Pragmatics Initiative, 2006. *** This is a draft version ***

Scorekeeping in an Uncertain Language Game David DeVault and Matthew Stone. The 10th Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue (brandial 2006), University of Potsdam, Germany, September, 2006.

Societal Grounding is Essential to Meaningful Language Use David DeVault, Iris Oved, and Matthew Stone. Proceedings of the Twenty-First National Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-06), Boston, Massachusetts, July, 2006.

An Information-State Approach to Collaborative Reference David DeVault, Natalia Kariaeva, Anubha Kothari, Iris Oved, and Matthew Stone. ACL 2005 Proceedings Companion Volume. Interactive Poster and Demo Track., University of Michigan, June, 2005.

Interpreting Vague Utterances in Context David DeVault and Matthew Stone. The 20th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING 2004), University of Geneva, Switzerland, August 23rd-27th, 2004.

Natural Language Generation and Discourse Context: Computing Distractor Sets from the Focus Stack David DeVault, Charles Rich, and Candace L. Sidner. 17th International FLAIRS Conference (FLAIRS-2004), Miami Beach, Florida, May, 2004. Also available as MERL technical report TR2004-004.

Domain Inference in Incremental Interpretation David DeVault and Matthew Stone. Fourth Workshop on Inference in Computational Semantics (ICoS-4), Nancy, France, September, 2003.

A flexible eyetracker for psychological applications David DeVault and Alan Bond. Fifth IEEE Workshop on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV2000), Palm Springs, California, December, 2000.