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Campos, Simao simao.campos at itu.int
Tue Jul 14 09:56:39 EDT 2015


Maybe a topic for standardization? 

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   Predicting Who Will Be the Next Speaker and When in Multi-party Meetings

   ***Abstract***
   An understanding of the mechanisms involved in face-to-face communication 
   will contribute to designing advanced video conferencing and dialogue 
   systems. Turn-taking, the situation where the speaker changes, is 
   especially important in multi-party meetings. For smooth turn-taking, 
   the participants need to predict who will start speaking next and to 
   consider a strategy for achieving good timing to speak next. Our aim is to 
   clarify the kinds of behavior that contribute to smooth turn-taking and to 
   develop a model for predicting the next speaker and the start time of the 
   next speaker's utterance in multi-party meetings. We focus on gaze behavior 
   and respiration near the end of the current speaker's utterance. We 
   empirically demonstrate that gaze behavior and respiration have a relation 
   to the next speaker and the start timing of the next utterance in multi-
   party meetings. A prediction model based on the results reveals that gaze 
   behavior and respiration contribute to predicting the next speaker and the 
   timing of the next utterance.
   https://www.ntt-review.jp/archive/ntttechnical.php?contents=ntr201507ra1.html


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NTT Technical Review
July 2015 Volume 13 No. 7

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July 2015 Contents:

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Feature Articles: The Challenge of Creating Epoch-making Services that 
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   Creating Epoch-making Services that Excite Users

   ***Abstract***
   When the telephone first made it possible for people to chat with friends 
   hundreds of miles away, and when the Internet made it possible to obtain 
   thousands of books' worth of information without having to visit a library, 
   people were excited by these technological advances. NTT Service Evolution 
   Laboratories has set itself the challenge of developing technologies for 
   the creation of new services that will generate as much excitement as the 
   phone and Internet did. This article presents an overview of our work.
   https://www.ntt-review.jp/archive/ntttechnical.php?contents=ntr201507fa1.html
  

   Developing Technologies for Services that Deliver the Excitement of 
   Games Worldwide

   ***Abstract***
   NTT Service Evolution Laboratories has floated the concept of an ultra-high
   -presence service that will enable viewers to experience the feeling of 
   actually being in a sporting venue or the like, wherever they are, and is 
   therefore developing an immersive telepresence technology called Kirari!, 
   towards its implementation. This article introduces the supporting 
   technologies used with Kirari!, which involve ultra-high-presence media 
   generation, spatial and environmental information synchronized delivery, 
   and content license management.
   https://www.ntt-review.jp/archive/ntttechnical.php?contents=ntr201507fa2.html


   Personal Agents to Support Personal Growth
   
   ***Abstract***
   We at NTT Service Evolution Laboratories have been focusing on implementing
   a personal agent that will co-exist with us in the real world, empathize 
   with us, encourage us to stay active, always be at our side to support our 
   personal growth, and even grow on its own. In this article, we introduce 
   sensing technology for understanding people and their environment; 
   multimodal interaction technology for supporting people and helping them 
   to grow; and virtualization technology for implementing device features 
   that are used to continuously support people in any place or at any time.
   https://www.ntt-review.jp/archive/ntttechnical.php?contents=ntr201507fa3.html


   Proactive Navigation Optimized for Individual Users

   ***Abstract***
   In this article, we first give an overview of the proactive navigation 
   project that NTT Service Evolution Laboratories is striving to accomplish. 
   Then we provide a simple explanation of the technologies currently being 
   researched and developed to implement the project: information navigation, 
   big data analysis, and resilient communication. Finally, we give an overview 
   of experiments currently being run in Fukuoka City along with their results.
   https://www.ntt-review.jp/archive/ntttechnical.php?contents=ntr201507fa4.html
   

   Towards the Creation of Attractive Services Based on an Understanding 
   of Users

   ***Abstract***
   To create information and communication technology services that are fun 
   for users, it is necessary to ensure that such services match user needs 
   and characteristics, and to do this, we need to fully understand users. 
   We introduce here the processes involved in service creation and the design 
   area that NTT Service Evolution Laboratories is focusing on. We also show 
   a specific example of what we do to understand the user and visualize 
   a service image.
   https://www.ntt-review.jp/archive/ntttechnical.php?contents=ntr201507fa5.html


   Creating Omotenashi Services for Visitors and Spectators in 2020

   ***Abstract***
   NTT Service Evolution Laboratories is working to develop services for 
   people from both within and outside the country who will visit various 
   places in Japan. This includes the spectators and organizers who will be 
   in Tokyo for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. This article describes 
   four conceptual Omotenashi services that will be available on smartphones 
   and tablets to provide people with spectator and transportation assistance.
   https://www.ntt-review.jp/archive/ntttechnical.php?contents=ntr201507fa6.html


   Efforts toward Co-Innovation Promotion

   ***Abstract***
   NTT is now shifting its business model from the conventional B2C (business-
   to-consumer) model to the B2B2C (business-to-business-to-consumer) model in 
   order to create novel services in alliance with various external players. 
   This article introduces the Co-Innovation Promotion Project that was 
   launched at NTT Service Evolution Laboratories to promote partnerships 
   with them.
   https://www.ntt-review.jp/archive/ntttechnical.php?contents=ntr201507fa7.html


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Regular Articles
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   Predicting Who Will Be the Next Speaker and When in Multi-party Meetings

   ***Abstract***
   An understanding of the mechanisms involved in face-to-face communication 
   will contribute to designing advanced video conferencing and dialogue 
   systems. Turn-taking, the situation where the speaker changes, is 
   especially important in multi-party meetings. For smooth turn-taking, 
   the participants need to predict who will start speaking next and to 
   consider a strategy for achieving good timing to speak next. Our aim is to 
   clarify the kinds of behavior that contribute to smooth turn-taking and to 
   develop a model for predicting the next speaker and the start time of the 
   next speaker's utterance in multi-party meetings. We focus on gaze behavior 
   and respiration near the end of the current speaker's utterance. We 
   empirically demonstrate that gaze behavior and respiration have a relation 
   to the next speaker and the start timing of the next utterance in multi-
   party meetings. A prediction model based on the results reveals that gaze 
   behavior and respiration contribute to predicting the next speaker and the 
   timing of the next utterance.
   https://www.ntt-review.jp/archive/ntttechnical.php?contents=ntr201507ra1.html


   Taking the English Exam for the "Can a Robot Get into the University of 
   Tokyo?" Project

   ***Abstract***
   NTT and its research partners are participating in the "Can a robot get 
   into the University of Tokyo?" project run by the National Institute of 
   Informatics, which involves tackling English exams. The artificial 
   intelligence system we developed took a mock test in 2014 and achieved a 
   better-than-human-average score for the first time. This was a notable 
   achievement since English exams require English knowledge and also common 
   sense knowledge that humans take for granted but that computers do not 
   necessarily possess. In this article, we describe how our artificial 
   intelligence system takes on English exams.
   https://www.ntt-review.jp/archive/ntttechnical.php?contents=ntr201507ra2.html


   Cross-connect System with Packet Transport Technology

   ***Abstract***
   The public switched telephone network (PSTN) and existing dedicated line 
   services have been carried over transmission lines using older data link 
   systems based on time-division multiplexing technology. However, as 
   Internet protocol traffic has increased and traffic to the PSTN and 
   existing dedicated services has decreased, there has been a move to use 
   data link systems based on packet transport technology; this in turn has 
   allowed simpler networks to be built. We have developed a packet-based 
   cross-connect system that can efficiently promote this transition by 
   allowing individual low-speed (1.5 Mbit/s) paths to be split up and 
   reassembled.
   https://www.ntt-review.jp/archive/ntttechnical.php?contents=ntr201507ra3.html


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   Recent Activities of ITU-R Study Group 5

   ***Abstract***
   Radiocommunication systems such as mobile communication systems and fixed 
   wireless communication systems play important roles in telecommunication 
   networks. Mobile communication systems have become widespread, as 
   represented by smartphones, and fixed wireless communication systems 
   provide flexible and resilient communication in times of disasters. The 
   International Telecommunication Union - Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) 
   is one of the organizations responsible for developing standards for these 
   important systems. Towards the end of 2015, the ITU-R will hold two very 
   important meetings: the Radiocommunication Assembly (RA) and the World 
   Radiocommunication Conference (WRC). This article introduces recent 
   activities and contributions from NTT and NTT DOCOMO to ITU-R Study Group 5, 
   which deals with terrestrial radiocommunication systems.
   https://www.ntt-review.jp/archive/ntttechnical.php?contents=ntr201507gls.html

   
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