Investigating proactive search support in conversations

Salvatore Andolina, Salvatore Andolina, Tuukka Ruotsalo, Valeria Orso, Giulio Jacucci, Khalil Klouche, Hendrik Schneider, Luciano Gamberini

Risultato della ricerca: Conference contribution

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Conversations among people involve solving disputes, building common ground, and reinforce mutual beliefs and assumptions. Conversations often require external information that can support these human activities. In this paper, we study how a spoken conversation can be supported by a proactive search agent that listens to the conversation, detects entities mentioned in the conversation, and proactively retrieves and presents information related to the conversation. A total of 24 participants (12 pairs) were involved in informal conversations, using either the proactive search agent or a control condition that did not support conversational analysis or proactive information retrieval. Data comprising transcripts, interaction logs, questionnaires, and interviews indicated that the proactive search agent effectively augmented the conversations, affected the conversations' topical structure, and reduced the need for explicit search activity. The findings also revealed key challenges in the design of proactive search systems that assist people in natural conversations.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Titolo della pubblicazione ospiteDIS 2018 - Proceedings of the 2018 Designing Interactive Systems Conference
Numero di pagine14
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2018

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