13th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Portland, OR, USA
September 9-13, 2012

Prosodic Cues to Disengagement and Uncertainty in Physics Tutorial Dialogues

Diane Litman (1,2), Heather Friedberg (1), Kate Forbes-Riley (2)

(1) Computer Science Department; (2) Learning Research and Development Center;
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

This paper focuses on the analysis and prediction of student disengagement and uncertainty, using a corpus of dialogues collected with a spoken tutorial dialogue system in the STEM domain of qualitative physics. We first compare and contrast the prosodic characteristics of dialogue turns exhibiting disengagement or not, and those exhibiting uncertainty or not. We then compare the utility of using multiple prosodic features to predict both disengagement and uncertainty.

Index Terms: spoken dialogue systems, educational applications, emotion detection, prosody

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Bibliographic reference.  Litman, Diane / Friedberg, Heather / Forbes-Riley, Kate (2012): "Prosodic cues to disengagement and uncertainty in physics tutorial dialogues", In INTERSPEECH-2012, 755-758.