May 26, 2022

Preprint: “Common Conversational Community Prototype: Scholarly Conversational Assistant”

Below, find a link to recently posted preprint from an international group of researchers made available on arXiv.


Common Conversational Community Prototype: Scholarly Conversational Assistant


Krisztian Balog
University of Stavange

Lucie Flekova
Technische Universität Darmstadt

Matthias Hagen
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenber

Rosie Jones

Martin Potthast
Leipzig University

Filip Radlinski

Mark Sanderson
RMIT University

Svitlana Vakulenko
University of Amsterdam

Hamed Zamani


via arXiv


This paper discusses the potential for creating academic resources (tools, data, and evaluation approaches) to support research in conversational search, by focusing on realistic information needs and conversational interactions. Specifically, we propose to develop and operate a prototype conversational search system for scholarly activities. This Scholarly Conversational Assistant would serve as a useful tool, a means to create datasets, and a platform for running evaluation challenges by groups across the community. This article results from discussions of a working group at Dagstuhl Seminar 19461 on Conversational Search.

Direct to Full Text Article (Preprint)
6 pages; PDF.

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