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
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print/First online - 3 Aug 2019

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

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  • 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
Landoni, Monica ; Matteri, Davide ; Murgia, Emiliana ; Huibers, Theo W.C. ; Pera, Maria Soledad. / Sonny, Cerca! Evaluating the Impact of Using a Vocal Assistant to Search at School. Experimental IR Meets Multilinguality, Multimodality, and Interaction: 10th International Conference of the CLEF Association, CLEF 2019, Lugano, Switzerland, September 9-12, 2019. Proceedings. editor / Fabio Crestani ; Martin Braschler ; Jacques Savoy ; Andreas Rauber ; Henning Müller ; David E. Losada ; Gundula Heinatz Bürki ; Linda Cappellato ; Nicola Ferro. Cham : Springer, 2019. pp. 101-113 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science).
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Landoni, M, Matteri, D, Murgia, E, Huibers, TWC & Pera, MS 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, DE 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. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 11696, Springer, Cham, pp. 101-113. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-28577-7_6

Sonny, Cerca! Evaluating the Impact of Using a Vocal Assistant to Search at School. / Landoni, Monica; Matteri, Davide; Murgia, Emiliana; Huibers, Theo W.C.; Pera, Maria Soledad.

Experimental IR Meets Multilinguality, Multimodality, and Interaction: 10th International Conference of the CLEF Association, CLEF 2019, Lugano, Switzerland, September 9-12, 2019. Proceedings. ed. / Fabio Crestani; Martin Braschler; Jacques Savoy; Andreas Rauber; Henning Müller; David E. Losada; Gundula Heinatz Bürki; Linda Cappellato; Nicola Ferro. Cham : Springer, 2019. p. 101-113 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; Vol. 11696).

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