Alexa Breuing received "Best Student Paper Award"

At the 4th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence CITEC member Alexa Breuing received the "Best Student Paper Award" for the paper "Let's Talk Topically with Artificial Agents! Providing Agents with Humanlike Topic Awareness in Everyday Dialog Situations" that she wrote together with her doctoral advisor Prof. Dr. Ipke Wachsmuth, head of CITECs Artificial Intelligence Group.

"The paper presents how to enable topically coherent conversations between humans and interactive systems by emulating humanlike topic awareness in artificial agents. Therefore, we firstly automated human topic awareness on the basis of preprocessed Wikipedia knowledge and secondly transferred such computer-based awareness to a virtual agent. As a result, we contribute to improve human-agent dialogs by enabling topical talk between human and artificial conversation partners."

The purpose of the 4th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence (ICAART) is to bring together researchers, engineers and practitioners interested in the theory and applications in these areas. Two simultaneous but strongly related tracks will be held, covering both applications and current research work within the area of Agents, Multi-Agent Systems and Software Platforms, Distributed Problem Solving and Distributed AI in general, including web applications, on one hand, and within the area of non-distributed AI, including the more traditional areas such as Knowledge Representation, Planning, Learning, Scheduling, Perception and also not so traditional areas such as Reactive AI Systems, Evolutionary Computing and other aspects of Computational Intelligence and many other areas related to intelligent systems, on the other hand.

The Conference took place at Vilamoura, Portugal, from February 6th to 8th. Conference Website: