Thinking Outside the Box: Co-planning Scientific Presentations with Virtual Agents
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Oral presentations are central to scientific communication, yet the quality of many scientific presentations is poor. To improve presentation quality, scientists need to invest greater effort in the creative design of presentation content. We present AceTalk, a presentation planning system supported by a virtual assistant. This assistant motivates and collaborates with users in a structured brainstorming process to explore engaging presentation structures and content types. Our study of AceTalk demonstrates the potential of human-agent collaboration to facilitate the design of audience-centered presentations, while highlighting the need for rich modelling of audiences, presenters and talk contexts.
KeywordsPresentation planning Embodied conversational agents Scientific presentations Slideware Powerpoint Collaboration Creativity support
This work is supported in part by the National Science Foundation under award IIS-1514490. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
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