Sonny, Cerca! Evaluating the Impact of Using a Vocal Assistant to Search at School

Monica Landoni, Davide Matteri, Emiliana Murgia, Theo W.C. Huibers, Maria Soledad Pera

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    Abstract

    Children struggle with translating their information needs into effective queries to initiate the search process. In this paper, we explore the degree to which the use of a Vocal Assistant (VA) as an intermediary between a child and a search engine can ease query formulation and foster completion of successful searches. We also examine the potential influence VA can have on the search process when compared to a traditional keyboard-driven approach. This comparison motivates the second contribution of our work, an evaluation framework that covers 4 dimensions: (1) a new search strategy (VA) for (2) a specific user group (children) given (3) a particular task (answering questions) in (4) a defined environment (school). The proposed framework can be adopted by the research community to conduct comprehensive assessments of search systems given new interaction methods, user groups, contexts, and tasks.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationExperimental IR Meets Multilinguality, Multimodality, and Interaction
    Subtitle of host publication10th International Conference of the CLEF Association, CLEF 2019, Lugano, Switzerland, September 9-12, 2019. Proceedings
    EditorsFabio Crestani, Martin Braschler, Jacques Savoy, Andreas Rauber, Henning Müller, David E. Losada, Gundula Heinatz Bürki, Linda Cappellato, Nicola Ferro
    Place of PublicationCham
    PublisherSpringer
    Pages101-113
    Number of pages13
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-28577-7
    ISBN (Print)978-3-030-28576-0
    DOIs
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print/First online - 3 Aug 2019

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
    PublisherSpringer
    Volume11696
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743
    ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

    Keywords

    • Vocal assistant
    • Search
    • Schools
    • Evaluation

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    Landoni, M., Matteri, D., Murgia, E., Huibers, T. W. C., & Pera, M. S. (2019). Sonny, Cerca! Evaluating the Impact of Using a Vocal Assistant to Search at School. In F. Crestani, M. Braschler, J. Savoy, A. Rauber, H. Müller, D. E. Losada, G. Heinatz Bürki, L. Cappellato, ... N. Ferro (Eds.), Experimental IR Meets Multilinguality, Multimodality, and Interaction: 10th International Conference of the CLEF Association, CLEF 2019, Lugano, Switzerland, September 9-12, 2019. Proceedings (pp. 101-113). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; Vol. 11696). Cham: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-28577-7_6