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Some responses to the january meeting agenda (Oliver)

disclaimer: this is brainstorming stuff!!

Main Questions for the session:

  • 1. What are the main research questions that we want to address?

For me it's whether we can use some kind of dialogue technology/environment to engage children in learning about collaboration, negotiation, intentions and desires of others. Can we support learning about these aspects of communication at all through technology?

  • 2. What would the nature of the technology develop be? What purpose? What functionality? Components? Can we draft a spec?

Speech is probably out, unless we have a massive project with speech recognition people in it. I think it has to be a GUI / maybe 3D virtual environment of some kind. Maybe like a collaboration-focussed successor to StoryStation ? Communicative actions and moods will have to be chosen graphically. Messages/"utterances" could be constructed via combinations of "mood" and informational icons ?? Central parts of the system will be a model of the user and an interaction manager (something like a dialogue manager e.g. DIPPER).

  • 3. What is the task that we want children to engage in?

They have to (learn how to) collaborate/negotiate with a virtual character to achieve some goals (some personal, some shared) in some sort of game world. The skills they learn doing this must be transferrable to real world. The "game" must involve situations where to "win" you must recognize and manage intentions and desires of others i.e. do social negotiation.

  • 4. Do we want to design an environment for typically developing children, for children with ASD or both? What do we need to consider before making a decision? What impact on what questions we will be able to answer? What impact on the technology that we will need to design?

I think "typical" kids should be our main target in the first case. If we can do something effective for them, then we may get insights what could be possible for ASD.... ???

-- OliverLemon - 24 Jan 2007

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