It was about one and a half years ago that I finally I arrived where I had always wanted to be and do what I had always wanted-- teach students, support small language communities and conduct research on African languages on my doorstep. The University of Cape Town and my new colleagues welcomed my efforts to establish the Centre for African Language Diversity-- CALDi as well as The African Language Archive-- TALA and I was recently appointed the Mellon Research Chair: African Language Diversity this initiative. The main aim of CALDi is to train young African scholars in descriptive linguistics and open up space for research into African languages at UCT with the hopes of countering the dominance of African linguistics outside the continent. It has been a great challenge for which my whole career has been a form of preparation...Read more
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Learning Effective and Engaging Strategies for Advice-Giving Human-Machine Dialogue
We describe a system that automatically learns effective and engaging dialogue strategies, generated from a library of dialogue content, using reinforcement learning from user feedback. Besides the more usual clarification and verification components of dialogue, this library contains various social elements like greetings, apologies, small talk, relational questions and jokes. We tested the method through an experimental dialogue system that encourages take-up of exercise and shows that the learned dialogue policy performs as well as one built by human experts for this system.