A Conversational Robot for Children’s Access to a Cultural Heritage Multimedia Archive

Thomas Beelen*, Roeland Ordelman, Khiet P. Truong, Vanessa Evers, Theo Huibers

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In this paper we introduce a conversational robot designed to assist children in searching a museum’s cultural heritage video archive. The robot employs a form of Spoken Conversational Search to facilitate the clarification of children’s interest (their information need) in specific videos from the archive. Children are typically insufficiently supported in this process by common search technologies such as search-bar and keyboard, or one-shot voice interfaces. We present our approach, which leverages a knowledge-graph representation of the museum’s video archive to facilitate conversational search interactions and suggest content based on the interaction, in order to study information-seeking conversations with children. We plan to use the robot test-bed to investigate the effectiveness of conversational designs over one-shot voice interactions for clarifying children’s information needs in a museum context.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Information Retrieval
Subtitle of host publication46th European Conference on Information Retrieval, ECIR 2024, Glasgow, UK, March 24–28, 2024, Proceedings, Part V
EditorsNazli Goharian, Nicola Tonellotto, Yulan He, Aldo Lipani, Graham McDonald, Craig Macdonald, Iadh Ounis
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-56069-9
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-56068-2
Publication statusPublished - 24 Mar 2024

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


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