Applied Informatics Group

Collaborative Research Centre 673 (2004-2014)

The Collaborative Research Centre 673 (CRC 673) "Alignment in Communication" is an interdisciplinary project, mainly involving linguistics and computer science. It focuses on automatic aspects ofhuman-human communication as well as human-robot communication.

The Collaborative Research Centre 673 (aka. SFB 673, Sonderforschungsbereich) investigates special modes of coordination, called alignment. Alignment covers the adaptation processes among agents which are subconscious and do not lead to explicit negotiation and control of those engaged in a common enterprise. Alignment thus conceived can be observed in human-human communication with respect to the use of words, especially neologisms, the creation of new senses, copied patterns of syntax, recycled referring terms, the evolution of patterns in dialogue structure such as the use of ellipses and fragments. The Applied Informatics Group is involved in several projects:

  • A4, Alignment of Situation Models
  • A5, Alignment of Attention in Mediated Communication
  • C1, Interaction Space
  • C2, Communicating Emotions
  • C5, Alignment in AR-based Cooperation

Recent Best Paper/Poster Awards

Goal Babbling of Acoustic-Articulatory Models with Adaptive Exploration Noise
Philippsen A, Reinhart F, Wrede B (2016)
International Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics (ICDL-EpiRob) 


Are you talking to me? Improving the robustness of dialogue systems in a multi party HRI scenario by incorporating gaze direction and lip movement of attendees
Richter V, Carlmeyer B, Lier F, Meyer zu Borgsen S, Kummert F, Wachsmuth S, Wrede B (2016)
International Conference on Human-agent Interaction (HAI) 


"Look at Me!": Self-Interruptions as Attention Booster?
Carlmeyer B, Schlangen D, Wrede B (2016)
International Conference on Human Agent Interaction (HAI)


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