KRISTINA goes to the OperaJuly 29, 2017, by Mireia Farrús
The time of the castrati in the opera, those classical male singing voices equivalent to that of a soprano, mezzo-soprano, or contralto by means of castration is far away. No one could imagine such a technique being carried out nowadays. Luckily enough, it was made illegal in the 19th century, coinciding with the end of the Baroque period and the incorporation of women in the opera.
At this point, you might be wondering what the relationship between Baroque and KRISTINA is. So well, technologies have evolved so greatly, that we are now able to convert a male voice into a ...Read more
Living at the age – Alternative residential formsJuly 14, 2017, by EKUT
By the demographic change in modern societies the health and care system are faced with many challenges. In this context, several changes in the composition of the population are summarized with the concept of the demographic change. This includes the rising life expectancy of the people, the decline of the birth rate, the increase of the proportion of the older people in the whole population and the increase of the number of the people with migration background.
In Germany, the life expectancy of the people is rising continuously over the years. Because of that the German Federal ...Read more
Embrace the UnknownJuly 3, 2017, by Louisa Pragst
Humans spent years of their life learning the meaning of words and how to respond to them. Even after we learned the basics, we never stop expanding our knowledge, with new, more sophisticated words and sentence structures or even by learning another language. We achieve this by permanently consuming and producing language over an extended period of time. Considering most dialogue systems do not spend years of practising with human conversation partners before they are deployed, how can they obtain the ability to hold a conversation?
Traditionally, a dialogue system uses a predefined model that specifies everything the user and ...Read more
Being KRISTINA: The Question Answering soul that drives the AI mindMay 29, 2017, by lpmayos
With the introduction of the first smartphone around ten years ago many people have come to grabs with a new kind of technology that surprised them, as they never thought that their lives would benefit from it as much as they did. The next surprise in this technological journey came five years later, when virtual assistants, a “fairytale” whose origins date back to the 60’s, were introduced in smartphones. It was not just an evolution, it was a breakthrough! Even more so when one considers that these assistants operate from a portable gadget that sits in the palm of ...Read more
A better health assistance for migrants: family doctors will help us to evaluate the KRISTINA prototypeMay 12, 2017, by Chiara Baudracco
Family medicine needs to be supported. Now, more than ever, communication technologies will help family doctors to improve their work especially when necessary to overcome linguistic barriers in order to ensure an effective and accurate assistance. The European Funded Project KRISTINA will develop and present a virtual assistant in the field of healthcare that will enable getting over language barriers when dealing with users and, therefore, its priority application will be to attend migrants who are struggling to overcome linguistic barriers. With the first prototype, KRISTINA becomes a conversation partner and during the last semFYC National Congress it has been ...Read more
Standards in Kristina’s Avatar; Meeting between ARIA-VALUSPA and KRISTINAMarch 22, 2017, by lpmayos
Last month, a workshop between the members of KRISTINA and ARIA-VALUSPA, another H2020 project on interactive virtual agents, was held in Dagstuhl (a computer science centre in the south-west of Germany). During this workshop several meetings to discuss different disciplines that creating interactive virtual agents involves took place.
From a post of the ARIA-VALUSPA project (by Merijn Bruijnes):Read more
“The ARIA VALUSPA project (Artificial Retrieval of Information Assistants – Virtual Agents with Linguistic Understanding, Social skills, and Personalised Aspects) aims to create Artificial Retrieval of Information Assistants (ARIAs) that are capable of holding multi-modal social interactions in challenging and unexpected situations. The ...
Looking for an efficient and universal health care assistanceMarch 8, 2017, by semFYC
Rachid is a 35-year old man from Morocco but he is now living in Spain, Madrid, since 2012. Five years ago, he left his wife and three children, looking for a better life and opportunities for his family. In his country, he worked over 16 years as a peddler but here in Spain, he found a first job opportunity as a farmer and now he is working in a hostel in the city Centre. I am his Family Doctor and I know Rachid very well. I met him for the first time three years ago, when he came to our ...Read more
The Kristina Social agent, the result of diversity and teamworkJan. 30, 2017, by lstellingwerff
The Kristina project aims at building a “"Knowledge-Based Information Agent with Social Competence and Human Interaction Capabilities". This is a pretty ambitious goal, but our current work is very promising in achieving that goal. Through diversity and teamwork, the agent is taking shape and starts to gain such competences and capabilities. And this is important, as the Kristina agent is going to be used to help people enhancing their lives, helping to bridge culture and language barriers and providing easier access to medical and health information.
The Kristina project consortium consists of a broad set of partners, each with different ...Read more
Talking with machinesJan. 5, 2017, by Thiago Fraga da Silva
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Talking with machines like we do with humans it is a scenario present in many Science Fiction books, movies and TV series. Back in the 1960's Rosie, the home robot in the Jetsons, conversed with the family. And in the Star Wars series, C-3PO had very human expressions and could communicate with R2D2 who was not able to speak, but could understand spoken instructions. The computer in Star Trek was able to identify who was speaking and to understand voice commands for piloting the space shuttle. In most very recent movies, robots are hardly ...Read more
Affective computing using Russell’s Circumplex model of affectDec. 2, 2016, by Oriol Martínez
Interaction between humans and computers has been increasingly growing during last 30 years . Just think about how television, personal computers and, lately, mobile devices take an important role in your everyday life. Affective computing research aims to equip such deviceswith human-like capabilities to change the way we interact with them. In other words, we want automaticsystems that can recognize, interpret, process and simulate human affects with the final goal to emulatehuman empathy .
In the KRISTINA project,we use Russell’s Circumplex model of affect  on both sides of the interaction pipeline: emotion recognition and emotion simulation.The ...Read more