Rapid Development of Advanced Question-Answering Characters by Non-experts

Sudeep Gandhe,  Alysa Taylor,  Jillian Gerten,  David Traum
USC Institute for Creative Technologies


We demonstrate a dialogue system and the accompanying authoring tools that are designed to allow authors with little or no experience in building dialogue systems to rapidly build advanced question-answering characters. To date seven such virtual characters have been built by non-experts using this architecture and tools. Here we demonstrate one such character, PFC Sean Avery, which was developed by a non-expert in 3 months.