We had a full-house, with students (blue dots) and staff (red dots) registering from across all five university faculties. It was clear from our rough-and-ready survey that not only was there were a wide-range of backgrounds amongst our participants, but also a wide-range of experience with the topic of the day’s workshop.
Many thanks to our two invited speakers for their fascinating accounts of turn-taking! The common ground was apparent, despite the two very different approaches arising from human-centred or machine-centred points of view.
- Projection of turn endings and turn extensions – Dr Gareth Walker, School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, University of Sheffield
- Turn-taking in speech technology applications – Prof Thomas Hain, Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield
Our thanks too to Charles Fox who came to introduce the Sheffield Wargames Corpus, which featured in the later part of the day…
Hands-on data session
Following on from Charles’ talk, Emina introduced the Shefield Free Talk conversational dataset and suggested a few points for discussion. The workshop participants then gathered in small groups and spent an hour or so in conversation, uncovering varying approaches to segmentation, turn-taking cues, and potential applications of the two datasets in their particular lines of research.
We received some very encouraging feedback from participants at the workshop, and are pleased that the day seemed to be received so well. We are not planning a formal follow-up to the workshop itself, though we will have an end-of-project event in the spring for when our current AHRC grant expires. Workshop participants would be welcome to return at that stage to find out more about what progress we have made. In the meantime, the iCog network is also organising an autumn conference which may be of interest to some…
We are very grateful for financial support from the iCog network and Think Ahead Researcher Development Team.