M. Sc. Juliana Miehle

Research

PhD Thesis

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User-Adaptive Dialogue Management

My research interest lies in rendering Spoken Dialogue Systems more user-adaptive as the conversation agent may appear more familiar and trustworthy when adapting the system's behaviour to the user. People adapt their interaction styles to one another when they communicate. My aim is to design a Spoken Dialogue System which adapts to the user's communication idiosyncrasies. Therefore, the decision process of the Dialogue Manager (DM) should not only rely on the domain information, but also take into account the user state and traits. Moreover, the DM should not only be responsible for what is said next, but also for how it is said. This is what makes the difference to generic DM where the two main tasks are to track the dialogue state and to select the next system action, i.e., what is uttered by the system. In order to do so, three steps have to be performed: first, the differences in communication styles in human-computer interaction have to be investigated, thereby looking at different dialogue scenarios and taking into account various user states. Afterwards, models have to be created representing the preferences in communication styles for different user traits and states. In the third step, these models can then be applied to the Dialogue Management in order to decide on the system's communication style in every dialogue turn, depending on the user's current situation, their background and their current state. To accomplish the second and the third part, I plan to deploy Statistical Dialogue Modelling and Machine Learning in order to utilize a methodology which is able to deal with uncertainties.

Research Interests

  • Adaptive Dialogue Management
  • Communication Styles in Human-Computer Interaction
  • User Modelling
  • Statistical Dialogue Modelling
  • Machine Learning
  • Reward Modelling

Publications

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J. Miehle, N. Gerstenlauer, D. Ostler, H. Feußner, W. Minker and S. Ultes
An Intelligent Digital Assistant for Clinical Operating Rooms
Proceedings of the 21st Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue (SEMDIAL), Saarbrücken, Germany, pp. 164--165, August 2017
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J. Miehle, I. Bagci, W. Minker and S. Ultes
A Social Companion and Conversation Partner for Elderly
Proceedings of the 8th International Workshop On Spoken Dialogue Systems (IWSDS), Farmington, USA, June 2017
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S. Ultes, J. Miehle and W. Minker
On the Applicability of a User Satisfaction-based Reward for Dialogue Policy Learning
Proceedings of the 8th International Workshop On Spoken Dialogue Systems (IWSDS), Farmington, USA, June 2017
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J. Miehle, D. Ostler, N. Gerstenlauer and W. Minker
The next step: intelligent digital assistance for clinical operating rooms
Innovative Surgical Sciences, Vol. 2, Num. 3, pp. 159--161, 2017
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2016

L. Pragst, J. Miehle, S. Ultes and W. Minker
Automatic Modification of Communication Style in Dialogue Management
Proceedings of the INLG 2016 Workshop on Computational Creativity in Natural Language Generation, Association for Computational Linguistics, Edinburgh, UK, pp. 36--40, September 2016
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J. Miehle, K. Yoshino, L. Pragst, S. Ultes, S. Nakamura and W. Minker
Cultural Communication Idiosyncrasies in Human-Computer Interaction
Proceedings of the 17th Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue (SIGDIAL), Association for Computational Linguistics, Los Angeles, USA, pp. 74--79, September 2016
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Reports

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G. Mehlmann, D. Schiller, F. Lingenfelser, E. André, E. Kamateri, G. Meditskos, S. Dasiopoulou, F. Sukno, L. Pragst, J. Miehle, W. Minker and A. Mulder
D2.3 - Fusing Vocal, Facial and Gestural Communication Modalities
Deliverable, The KRISTINA Project (H2020-645012), April 2016
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MSc/BSc Topics

Open Topics

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Ich betreue gerne Bachelor und Master Arbeiten aus dem Bereich meines Promotionsthemas. Schreibe mir einfach eine E-Mail, wenn du Interesse hast.

I am pleased to supervise Bachelor and Master Theses within my PhD Topic. Just write an email if you are interested.

In Progress / Completed

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Bachelor Thesis
Controlling an Intelligent Operating Room with Spoken Language
2017
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Bachelor Thesis
Integrating the NAO robot into the OwlSpeak framework
2017
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Master Thesis
User-adaptive Statistical Dialogue Management using OpenDial
2017
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2016

Bachelor Thesis
Konzeption und Modellierung eines Dialogs für die Nutzergruppe „Ältere“
2016
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Teaching

Projects and Seminars

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