Applied Informatics Group

KOMPASS - Socially cooperative, virtual assistants as companions for people in need of cognitive support

KOMPASS develops virtual assistants that support people with special needs in everyday situations, e.g. keeping track of a daily schedule or using video communication. We focus in particular on robust and intuitive dialogue through a better understanding of and adaptation to the mental and emotional state of the user. Besides empirical and computational research, we address ethical and legal issues raised by the introduction of an virtual assistant as an enduring social presence in the home environment.


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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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