The Twins corpus of museum visitor questions.

TitleThe Twins corpus of museum visitor questions.
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsAggarwal, P., R. Artstein, J. Gerten, A. Katsamanis, S. Narayanan, A. Nazarian, and D. R. Traum
Conference NameInternational Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC-2012)
Date PublishedMay 2012
Conference LocationIstanbul, Turkey

The Twins corpus is a collection of utterances spoken in interactions with two virtual characters who serve as guides at the Museum of Science in Boston. The corpus contains about 200,000 spoken utterances from museum visitors (primarily children) as well as from trained handlers who work at the museum. In addition to speech recordings, the corpus contains the outputs of speech recognition performed at the time of utterance as well as the system interpretation of the utterances. Parts of the corpus have been manually transcribed and annotated for question interpretation. The corpus has been used for improving performance of the museum characters and for a variety of research projects, such as phonetic-based Natural Language Understanding, creation of conversational characters from text resources, dialogue policy learning, and research on patterns of user interaction. It has the potential to be used for research on children's speech and on language used when talking to a virtual human.