A Cloud-based User-Centered Time-Offset Interaction Application

Alberto Chierici, Tyeece Kiana Fredorcia Hensley, Wahib Kamran, Kertu Koss, Armaan Agrawal, Erin Meekhof, Goffredo Puccetti, Nizar Habash

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Time-offset interaction applications (TOIA) allow simulating conversations with people who have previously recorded relevant video utterances, which are played in response to their interacting user. TOIAs have great potential for preserving cross-generational and cross-cultural histories, online teaching, simulated interviews, etc. Current TOIAs exist in niche contexts involving high production costs. Democratizing TOIA presents different challenges when creating appropriate pre-recordings, designing different user stories, and creating simple online interfaces for experimentation. We open-source TOIA 2.0, a user-centered time-offset interaction application, and make it available for everyone who wants to interact with people's pre-recordings, or create their pre-recordings.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue
Place of PublicationSingapore and Online
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics
Number of pages4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2021


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