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Exploring Smart Agents for the Interaction with Multimodal Mediated Environments

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Machine Learning and Data Analytics Lab., Department of Computer Science, Friedrich-Alexander-Universtität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), Carl-Thiersch-Str. 2b, 91052 Erlangen, Germany
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Responsive Environments Group, MIT Media Lab., 75 Amherst St, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
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Multimodal Technologies Interact. 2020, 4(2), 27; https://doi.org/10.3390/mti4020027
Received: 30 April 2020 / Revised: 2 June 2020 / Accepted: 3 June 2020 / Published: 6 June 2020
After conversational agents have been made available to the broader public, we speculate that applying them as a mediator for adaptive environments reduces control complexity and increases user experience by providing a more natural interaction. We implemented and tested four agents, each of them differing in their system intelligence and input modality, as personal assistants for Mediated Atmospheres, an adaptive smart office prototype. They were evaluated in a user study ( N = 33 ) to collect subjective and objective measures. Results showed that a smartphone application was the most favorable system, followed by conversational text and voice agents that were perceived as being more engaging and intelligent than a non-conversational voice agent. Significant differences were observed between native and non-native speakers in both subjective and objective measures. Our findings reveal the potential of conversational agents for the interaction with adaptive environments to reduce work and information overload. View Full-Text
Keywords: ubiquitous computing; smart office; conversational agents; smart agents; chatbot; human–computer interaction; adaptive environments; multimodal interaction; mediated atmospheres ubiquitous computing; smart office; conversational agents; smart agents; chatbot; human–computer interaction; adaptive environments; multimodal interaction; mediated atmospheres
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Richer, R.; Zhao, N.; Eskofier, B.M.; Paradiso, J.A. Exploring Smart Agents for the Interaction with Multimodal Mediated Environments. Multimodal Technologies Interact. 2020, 4, 27.

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