Disney Research


Using Group History to Identify Character-Directed Utterances in Multi-Child Interactions-Image

Addressee identification is an element of all language-based interactions and is critical for turn-taking. We examine the particular problem of identifying when each child playing an interactive game in a small group is speaking to an animated character. After analyzing child and adult behavior, we explore a family of machine learning models to integrate audio and visual features with temporal group interactions and limited, task-independent language. The best model performs identification about 20%  better than the model that uses the audio-visual features of the child alone.

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