Opening Up Minds: Engaging Dialogue Generated From Argument Maps
Project partners Paul Piwek, The Open University (Lead research organisation)
Svetlana Stoyanchev, Cambrige Research Laboratory, Toshiba Europe
Tom Stafford, University of Sheffield
Andreas Vlachos, University of Cambridge
Funder Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC Grant EP/T024666/1)
Description

The idea is to design a dialogue system interface to existing databases of the arguments surrounding controversial topics such as Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union? or Should all humans be vegan?. In particular, a user can have a Moral Maze style chat with the dialogue system.

Moral Maze is a longrunning popular BBC 4 Radio programme in which a panel discusses a controversial topic with the help of witnesses and a host who chairs the conversation. The dialogue system consists of a panel of Argumentation Bots (ArguBots) who present arguments for or against the topic under discussion (the pro and con ArguBots), a host ArguBot and a witness ArguBot (that can provide detailed evidence). The user is invited to join the panel and voice their views on the topic under discussion. Thus the user can explore what they thought and what others thought about the controversial topic.

An important part of the projects will be to evaluate the effects on people's appreciation of the complexity of debate and attendant ability to comprehend the world from other people's point of view or perspective.

For more information, listen to the Paul's interview on the Boundless podcast about the project. See also Tom's blogpost about the project.

Start January 2021
Duration 2 years
Vacancy for Research Associate

Deadline for applications: 15 September 2020
We are looking for a Research Associate to work on the "Opening Up Minds: Engaging Dialogue Generated from Argument Maps" project. The successful candidate will be based in the NLP & AI group of the Open University's School of Computing and Communications and supervised by Dr. Paul Piwek. The overall aim of the project is to develop a dialogue system interface to existing databases of arguments surrounding controversial topics such as "Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union?" and "Should all humans be vegan?".

The work package led by the Open University will focus on creating a parallel annotated corpus of multi-party dialogues and argument maps, and development of language generation templates and hybrid psychology-based dialogue strategies.

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Last updated 22 April 2020