A bilingual interactive human avatar dialogue system

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This demonstration paper presents a bilingual (Arabic-English) interactive human avatar dialogue system. The system is named TOIA (time-offset interaction application), as it simulates face-to-face conversations between humans using digital human avatars recorded in the past. TOIA is a conversational agent, similar to a chat bot, except that it is based on an actual human being and can be used to preserve and tell stories. The system is designed to allow anybody, simply using a laptop, to create an avatar of themselves, thus facilitating cross-cultural and cross-generational sharing of narratives to wider audiences. The system currently supports monolingual and cross-lingual dialogues in Arabic and English, but can be extended to other languages.




Ali, D. A., Ahmad, M., Al Hassan, H., Dozsa, P., Hu, M., Varias, J., & Habash, N. (2018). A bilingual interactive human avatar dialogue system. In SIGDIAL 2018 - 19th Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue - Proceedings of the Conference (pp. 241–244). Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL). https://doi.org/10.18653/v1/w18-5027

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