Conversational Informatics (E) (2018)

10:30-12:00 on Wednesday, Second Semester
Lecture Room #3, Research Building #7
This course is jointly taught by Prof. Toyoaki Nishida and Prof. Yoshimasa Ohmoto.


Conversational interaction is considered to be a powerful communication means for intelligent actors, either natural or artificial, to interact each other to act as a collective intelligence.  In this course, we study the mechanism of conversational interactions with verbal and nonverbal cues from computational points of view and discuss key issues in designing conversational systems that can interact with people in a conversational fashion.

Agenda (subject to change)

  1. Introduction (October 3)  Nishida
  2. History of Conversational Systems (October 10) Nishida
    Last update: 10:15, 10/10/2018
  3. Methodologies for Conversational System Development (October 17) Nishida
  4. Methodologies for Conversational System Development (October 24) Nishida
    will use the Slides for October 17th.
  5. Methodologies for Conversational System Development (October 31) Nishida
    will use the Slides for October 17th.
    **Related event**  Talk, “Facial expressions, social signals” by Prof. Ruth Aylett (November 2) -> [details]**Related event** Talk, “Developing socially acceptable robots” by Prof. Matthias Rehm
    (November 5) -> [details][no class] (November 7)
  6. Cognitive Interaction Design (November 14) Ohmoto Slides
  7. Smart Conversation Space (November 21) Ohmoto Slides
  8. Measurement, Analysis and Modeling (December 5) Ohmoto
  9. Affective Computing (December 12) Nishida
  10. Theory of Mind (December 19) Nishida
  11. Aspects of Conversation – 1 (December 26) Nishida
  12. Intermittent, Aspects of Conversation – 2, Function of Nonverbal Behaviors in Conversation, Language Use and Politeness (January 9) Nishida
    [Slides], <Slides for Aspects of Conversation – 1>, [Slides], [Slides]
  13. Stories (January 16)  Nishida
  14. Synergy and Wrap up (January 23) Nishida

Course materials

  1. Textbook :
    Toyoaki Nishida, Atsushi Nakazawa, Yoshimasa Ohmoto, Yasser Mohammad. Conversational Informatics―Data Intensive Approach with Emphasis on Nonverbal Communication, Springer 2014.
  2. Reading:
    Yasser Mohammad and Toyoaki  Nishida. Data Mining for Social Robotics – Toward Autonomously Social Robots, Springer 2015.
  3. Additional materials will be provided by lecturers.


Will be awarded based on a report on subjects given at the class.  Due date (January 31st, 2019)

Take-Home Knowledge

  1. Students will develop fundamental knowledge, including the history of the field and potential applications, for learning more advanced subjects on human-agent interaction.
  2. Students will obtain minimal skill for conducting experiment to take an empirical approach to human-agent interaction.