Kristiina Jokinen
Multilingual WikiTalk

Multilingual Wikitalk

The robot talks about Shakespeare in English and Japanese, and switches languages on request.

WikiTalk now works in English, Finnish and Japanese. More information is available from CDM Interact, Helsinki, Finland (www.cdminteract.com).

In this video the robot speaks English with an English speaker and speaks Japanese with a Japanese speaker. He talks about Shakespeare and other topics using both English and Japanese Wikipedias. The robot switches to Japanese when the Japanese speaker says Nihongo and back to English when the English speaker says English.

The demo video was shown at the SIGDIAL 2015 International Conference on Discourse and Dialogue in Prague. A live demo with a Nao robot was presented at the COLING 2016 International Conference on Computational Linguistics in Osaka.