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Transcription Guidelines for Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Human-Robot Dialogue Corpus

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Technical Report,01 Jan 2013,30 Sep 2019

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CCDC Army Research Laboratory Aberdeen Proving Ground United States

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This report provides guidelines on how to transcribe human-robot dialogue data in the context of the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory Situated Corpus of Understanding Transactions SCOUT, a developmental goal of which is to facilitate the creation of a dialogue management system onboard a robot collaborating with humans in search and navigation tasks e.g., disaster relief. This corpus was collected via a phased Wizard-of-Oz WoZ methodology, in which human experimenters perform planned dialogue and navigation capabilities of the robot during experimental trials, unbeknownst to participants interacting with the robot. The purpose of this report is to detail the process and guidelines in which we transcribe the speech collected for the corpus during experimentation. We describe how to use the transcription software, Praat, to complete the critical task of making the experimental speech computer-readable in text format.

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  • Cybernetics
  • Voice Communications

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