On Chatbots Exhibiting Goal-Directed Autonomy in Dynamic Environments

26 Mar 2018  ·  Biplav Srivastava ·

Conversation interfaces (CIs), or chatbots, are a popular form of intelligent agents that engage humans in task-oriented or informal conversation. In this position paper and demonstration, we argue that chatbots working in dynamic environments, like with sensor data, can not only serve as a promising platform to research issues at the intersection of learning, reasoning, representation and execution for goal-directed autonomy; but also handle non-trivial business applications... We explore the underlying issues in the context of Water Advisor, a preliminary multi-modal conversation system that can access and explain water quality data. read more

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