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Marilyn Walker

Natural Language and Dialogue Systems Lab, University of California, Santa Cruz

Jurassic is (almost) All You Need: Few-Shot Meaning-to-Text Generation for Open-Domain Dialogue


Nov 10, 2021
Lena Reed, Cecilia Li, Angela Ramirez, Liren Wu, Marilyn Walker

* The 12th International Workshop on Spoken Dialog System Technology, IWSDS 2021 
* Final Conference Proceedings version 

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Athena 2.0: Contextualized Dialogue Management for an Alexa Prize SocialBot


Nov 03, 2021
Juraj Juraska, Kevin K. Bowden, Lena Reed, Vrindavan Harrison, Wen Cui, Omkar Patil, Rishi Rajasekaran, Angela Ramirez, Cecilia Li, Eduardo Zamora, Phillip Lee, Jeshwanth Bheemanpally, Rohan Pandey, Adwait Ratnaparkhi, Marilyn Walker

* Accepted to EMNLP 2021 System Demonstrations 

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Modeling Performance in Open-Domain Dialogue with PARADISE


Oct 21, 2021
Marilyn Walker, Colin Harmon, James Graupera, Davan Harrison, Steve Whittaker

* The 12th International Workshop on Spoken Dialog System Technology, November 2021 

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Attention Is Indeed All You Need: Semantically Attention-Guided Decoding for Data-to-Text NLG


Sep 15, 2021
Juraj Juraska, Marilyn Walker

* Accepted to INLG 2021 

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Athena: Constructing Dialogues Dynamically with Discourse Constraints


Nov 21, 2020
Vrindavan Harrison, Juraj Juraska, Wen Cui, Lena Reed, Kevin K. Bowden, Jiaqi Wu, Brian Schwarzmann, Abteen Ebrahimi, Rishi Rajasekaran, Nikhil Varghese, Max Wechsler-Azen, Steve Whittaker, Jeffrey Flanigan, Marilyn Walker

* 3rd Proceedings of Alexa Prize (Alexa Prize 2019) 

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Learning from Mistakes: Combining Ontologies via Self-Training for Dialogue Generation


Sep 30, 2020
Lena Reed, Vrindavan Harrison, Shereen Oraby, Dilek Hakkani-Tur, Marilyn Walker

* main paper 9 pages, 3 pages references, 2 pages supplementary material 

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ViGGO: A Video Game Corpus for Data-To-Text Generation in Open-Domain Conversation


Oct 26, 2019
Juraj Juraska, Kevin K. Bowden, Marilyn Walker

* Accepted to INLG 2019 

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Entertaining and Opinionated but Too Controlling: A Large-Scale User Study of an Open Domain Alexa Prize System


Aug 13, 2019
Kevin K. Bowden, Jiaqi Wu, Wen Cui, Juraj Juraska, Vrindavan Harrison, Brian Schwarzmann, Nicholas Santer, Steve Whittaker, Marilyn Walker

* To appear in 1st International Conference on Conversational User Interfaces (CUI 2019) 

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SlugBot: Developing a Computational Model andFramework of a Novel Dialogue Genre


Jul 22, 2019
Kevin K. Bowden, Jiaqi Wu, Wen Cui, Juraj Juraska, Vrindavan Harrison, Brian Schwarzmann, Nick Santer, Marilyn Walker

* arXiv admin note: text overlap with arXiv:1801.01531 

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Maximizing Stylistic Control and Semantic Accuracy in NLG: Personality Variation and Discourse Contrast


Jul 22, 2019
Vrindavan Harrison, Lena Reed, Shereen Oraby, Marilyn Walker


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Implicit Discourse Relation Identification for Open-domain Dialogues


Jul 09, 2019
Mingyu Derek Ma, Kevin K. Bowden, Jiaqi Wu, Wen Cui, Marilyn Walker

* To appear in Proceedings of the 57th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL2019) 

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Curate and Generate: A Corpus and Method for Joint Control of Semantics and Style in Neural NLG


Jun 14, 2019
Shereen Oraby, Vrindavan Harrison, Abteen Ebrahimi, Marilyn Walker

* To appear at ACL 19. 9 content pages, 3 appendix pages 

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CruzAffect at AffCon 2019 Shared Task: A feature-rich approach to characterize happiness


Feb 16, 2019
Jiaqi Wu, Ryan Compton, Geetanjali Rakshit, Marilyn Walker, Pranav Anand, Steve Whittaker

* Workshop on Affective Content Analysis (AffCon) 2019, Workshop of Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) 2019, Hawaii, USA January 2019 

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Can Neural Generators for Dialogue Learn Sentence Planning and Discourse Structuring?


Nov 01, 2018
Lena Reed, Shereen Oraby, Marilyn Walker

* 12 pages, 12 tables, 3 figures, iNLG 2018 

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Neural Generation of Diverse Questions using Answer Focus, Contextual and Linguistic Features


Oct 05, 2018
Vrindavan Harrison, Marilyn Walker

* Accepted to appear at INLG 2018 

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Characterizing Variation in Crowd-Sourced Data for Training Neural Language Generators to Produce Stylistically Varied Outputs


Sep 14, 2018
Juraj Juraska, Marilyn Walker

* Accepted to INLG 2018 

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Neural MultiVoice Models for Expressing Novel Personalities in Dialog


Sep 05, 2018
Shereen Oraby, Lena Reed, Sharath TS, Shubhangi Tandon, Marilyn Walker

* Interspeech 2018 

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Controlling Personality-Based Stylistic Variation with Neural Natural Language Generators


May 22, 2018
Shereen Oraby, Lena Reed, Shubhangi Tandon, T. S. Sharath, Stephanie Lukin, Marilyn Walker

* To appear at SIGDIAL 2018 

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SlugNERDS: A Named Entity Recognition Tool for Open Domain Dialogue Systems


May 10, 2018
Kevin K. Bowden, Jiaqi Wu, Shereen Oraby, Amita Misra, Marilyn Walker

* Kevin K. Bowden, Jiaqi Wu, Shereen Oraby, Amita Misra, and Marilyn Walker. SlugNERDS: A Named Entity Recognition Tool for Open Domain Dialogue Systems. Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC), Miyazaki, Japan, 2018 
* Resources can be found: https://nlds.soe.ucsc.edu/node/56 

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Slugbot: An Application of a Novel and Scalable Open Domain Socialbot Framework


Jan 04, 2018
Kevin K. Bowden, Jiaqi Wu, Shereen Oraby, Amita Misra, Marilyn Walker

* Alexa Prize Proceedings 2017 

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Summarizing Dialogic Arguments from Social Media


Oct 31, 2017
Amita Misra, Shereen Oraby, Shubhangi Tandon, Sharath TS, Pranav Anand, Marilyn Walker

* Proceedings of the 21th Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue (SemDial 2017) 

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Combining Search with Structured Data to Create a More Engaging User Experience in Open Domain Dialogue


Sep 15, 2017
Kevin K. Bowden, Shereen Oraby, Jiaqi Wu, Amita Misra, Marilyn Walker

* SCAI 2017 

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Creating and Characterizing a Diverse Corpus of Sarcasm in Dialogue


Sep 15, 2017
Shereen Oraby, Vrindavan Harrison, Lena Reed, Ernesto Hernandez, Ellen Riloff, Marilyn Walker

* 11 pages, 4 figures, SIGDIAL 2016 

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Harvesting Creative Templates for Generating Stylistically Varied Restaurant Reviews


Sep 15, 2017
Shereen Oraby, Sheideh Homayon, Marilyn Walker

* 9 pages, 2 figures, Stylistic Variation Workshop at EMNLP 2017 

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Are you serious?: Rhetorical Questions and Sarcasm in Social Media Dialog


Sep 15, 2017
Shereen Oraby, Vrindavan Harrison, Amita Misra, Ellen Riloff, Marilyn Walker

* 10 pages, 1 figure, SIGDIAL 2016 

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And That's A Fact: Distinguishing Factual and Emotional Argumentation in Online Dialogue


Sep 15, 2017
Shereen Oraby, Lena Reed, Ryan Compton, Ellen Riloff, Marilyn Walker, Steve Whittaker

* 11 pages, 6 figures, Proceedings of the 2nd Workshop on Argumentation Mining at NAACL 2015 

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Debbie, the Debate Bot of the Future


Sep 10, 2017
Geetanjali Rakshit, Kevin K. Bowden, Lena Reed, Amita Misra, Marilyn Walker

* IWSDS 2017 

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Argument Strength is in the Eye of the Beholder: Audience Effects in Persuasion


Aug 30, 2017
Stephanie M. Lukin, Pranav Anand, Marilyn Walker, Steve Whittaker

* European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (EACL 2017) 

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