Activating Group Discussion by Topic Providing Bots

Shota KUSAJIMA  Yasuyuki SUMI  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E101-D   No.4   pp.856-864
Publication Date: 2018/04/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1361
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Intelligent Information and Communication Technology and its Applications to Creative Activity Support)
Category: Creativity Support Systems and Decision Support Systems
Keyword: 
online bot,  activating discussion,  keyword extraction,  documents provision,  

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Summary: 
Online chat systems, e.g.., Twitter and Slack, have been used in academic conferences or study meetings as a means of instant discussion and sharing related information alongside a real presentation. We propose a system for activating online discussion by providing a bot that suggests webpages related to current timeline of the discussion. Our system generates keyword vectors according to discussion timeline, searches best related webpages from several web sites, and timely provides these pages to the discussion timeline. This paper describes deployments of our system in two types of meetings: lightning talk format meetings and group meetings; and daily exchanges using online chat system. As a result, we could not find good enough reactions to the bot's postings from meeting participants at the lightning talk format meetings, but we could observe more reactions and progress of discussion caused by the bot's postings at the relaxed meetings and daily exchanges among group members.