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ImprovChat: An AI-enabled Dialogue Assistant Chatbot for English Language Learners (ELL)

Guo, Yawen (2018) ImprovChat: An AI-enabled Dialogue Assistant Chatbot for English Language Learners (ELL). Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Guo, Yawen
Abstract:

This thesis asks, how can an AI-enabled Dialogue Assistant in the form of a chatbot suggest new and unexpected forms of response to English Language Learners? The thesis draws upon theories of improvisation and play, alongside computer science to facilitate text-based conversation in English for non-native speakers. ImprovChat is a digital solution for communication issues that I encounter every day. My experience with improvisational theatre also informs the ImprovChat project. For my thesis research-creation, I developed the web application by implementing API powered by machine learning to generate AI phrases. The phrase generation model is pre-trained using the Twitter feeds created by people who speak English as a first language. ImprovChat dialogue assistant will provide phrase suggestions; these could potentially be used in online chatting scenarios where the participants have two different native languages. It can also be used to inspire unexpected and playful forms of response.

Date: 11 April 2018
Uncontrolled Keywords: AI dialogue assistant, AI assistant, chatbot, machine learning, conversation, improvisation, English language learning, SLA
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Digital Futures
Date Deposited: 14 May 2018 18:16
Last Modified: 14 May 2018 18:16
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/2329

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