Julian Hough
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Julian Hough

Researcher in Dialogue and Computational Linguistics

Dialogue Systems Group
Faculty of Linguistics and Literature
Bielefeld University

julian.hough@uni-bielefeld.de

DSG
DSG Bielefeld


About Me

My research centers on building computational models of natural language interaction and implementing them in dialogue systems. My focus is generally on incremental processing of meaning and interactive responsiveness- concepts I try to explain using the 1000 most common words of English on #UPGOERFIVE.

I'm currently a Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter (post-doc research associate) at Bielefeld University in the Dialogue Systems Group headed by David Schlangen working mainly on the DUEL project, where together with Ye Tian and Jonathan Ginzburg in Paris we investigate disfluency and laughter empirically from real data, by recording and analysing people in conversations, and then designing systems which understand these (much misunderstood!) phenomena. The other part of my job is helping to build a virtual coach within the ICSPACE project working with David, Iwan de Kok and Stefan Kopp.

Previously I was a PhD student and research assistant in the Cognitive Science group at Queen Mary University of London working with my supervisor Matthew Purver. My PhD put self-repair capabilities into incremental parsing and generation- some of which is summarized by this video (if you can stand the intro music and have 25 minutes). While at Queen Mary I also worked on the DynDial project with Ruth Kempson, Pat Healey, Eleni Gregoromichelaki, Chris Howes and particularly with my supervisor Matt and Arash Eshghi in developing the DyLan dialogue system. I also worked on incremental semantic grammar learning within the RISER project.


Publications


2017/To appear

Ruth Kempson, Eleni Gregoromichelaki, Arash Eshghi, and Julian Hough. Ellipsis in Dynamic Syntax. To appear in the Oxford Handbook of Ellipsis. Oxford University Press, 2017.
Julian Hough and David Schlangen. Joint, Incremental Disfluency Detection and Utterance Segmentation from Speech. In Proceedings of EACL 2017, Valencia, April 2017. pdf bib
Julian Hough and David Schlangen. It's Not What You Do, It's How You Do It: Grounding Uncertainty for a Simple Robot. In Proceedings of the 2017 Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI2017), Vienna, March 2017. pdf (pre-print) bib online
Julian Hough and David Schlangen. A Model of Continuous Intention Grounding for HRI. Presented at the The Role of Intentions in Human-Robot Interaction" workshop in conjunction with the 2017 Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI2017), Vienna, March 2017. pdf bib
Julian Hough and Matthew Purver. Probabilistic Record Type Lattices for Incremental Reference Processing. In Chatzikyriakidis & Luo (eds.), Modern Perspectives in Type-Theoretical Semantics, Springer, 2017. pdf (pre-print) bib online

2016

Iwan de Kok, Julian Hough, David Schlangen and Stefan Kopp. Deictic Gestures in Coaching Interactions. In Proceedings of the Workshop on Multimodal Analyses enabling Artificial Agents in Human-Machine Interaction - MA3HMI '16. at ACM ICMI 2016, Tokyo, Japan. November, 2016. pdf bib
Julian Hough and David Schlangen. Investigating Fluidity for Human-Robot Interaction with Real-time, Real-world Grounding Strategies In Proceedings of the 17th Annual SigDial Meeting on Discourse and Dialogue, Los Angeles, USA. September 2016. pdf bib
Jonathan Ginzburg, Julian Hough, Robin Cooper and David Schlangen. Incrementality and Clarification/Sluicing potential. At Sinn und Bedeutung 21, Edinburgh, UK. September 2016. pdf bib
Julian Hough and David Schlangen PentoRob: A Puzzle-Playing Robot for Dialogue Experiments. In Proceedings of Proceedings of JerSem: The 20th Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue, Brunswick, New Jersey. July 2016. pdf bib
Julian Hough, Ye Tian, Laura de Ruiter, Simon Betz, David Schlangen and Jonathan Ginzburg. DUEL: A Multi-lingual Multimodal Dialogue Corpus for Disfluency, Exclamations and Laughter. At the 10th edition of the Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC), Portorož (Slovenia), May 2016. pdf bib
Sina Zarrieß, Julian Hough, Casey Kennington, Ramesh Manuvinakurike, David DeVault, Raquel Fernández, and David Schlangen. PentoRef: A Corpus of Spoken References in Task-oriented Dialogues. At the 10th edition of the Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC), Portorož (Slovenia), May 2016. pdf bib
Christine Howes, Mary Lavelle, Patrick Healey, Julian Hough and Rose McCabe. Helping hands? Gesture and self-repair in schizophrenia. In Proceedings of the Resources and Processing of Linguistic and Extra-Linguistic Data from People with Various Forms of Cognitive/Psychiatric Impairments (RaPID-2016) Portorož (Slovenia), May 2016. pdf bib
Pat Healey, Christine Howes, Julian Hough and Matthew Purver. Better late than Now-or-Never: The case of interactive repair phenomena. Commentary on Christiansen & Chater, The Now-or-Never bottleneck: A fundamental constraint on language, Behavioural and Brain Sciences 39 (e62). January 2016. pdf bib
Timo Baumann, Casey Kennington, Julian Hough and David Schlangen. Recognising Conversational Speech: What an Incremental ASR Should Do for a Dialogue System and How to Get There. At the International Workshop Series on Spoken Dialogue Systems Technology (IWSDS) 2016, Ulm University, January 2016. pdf bib

2015

Jonathan Ginzburg, Ellen Breitholtz, Robin Cooper, Julian Hough and Ye Tian. Understanding Laughter. In Proceedings of the 20th Amsterdam Colloquium, Amsterdam, December 2015. pdf bib
Iwan de Kok, Julian Hough, Hülsmann, Mario Botsch, David Schlangen and Stefan Kopp. A Multimodal System for Real-Time Action Instruction in Motor Skill Learning. In Proceedings of ACM ICMI. 17th International Conference on Multimodal Interaction, Seattle, Washington, USA. November, 2015 2015. pdf bib
Julian Hough and David Schlangen. Recurrent Neural Networks for Incremental Disfluency Detection. In Proceedings of INTERSPEECH 2015 , Dresden, Germany, September 2015. pdf bib
Iwan de Kok, Julian Hough, Felix Hülsmann, Thomas Waltemate, Mario Botsch, David Schlangen and Stefan Kopp. Demonstrating the Dialogue System of the Intelligent Coaching Space. In Proceedings of SemDial 2015(goDIAL), Gothenburg, August 2015. pdf bib
Julian Hough, Iwan de Kok, David Schlangen and Stefan Kopp. Timing and Grounding in Motor Skill Coaching Interaction: Consequences for the Information State. In Proceedings of SemDial 2015 (goDIAL), Gothenburg, August 2015. pdf bib
Julian Hough, Laura De Ruiter, Simon Betz and David Schlangen. Disfluency and Laughter Annotation in a light-weight dialogue mark-up protocol. At the The Disfluency in Spontaneous Speech (DISS 2015) ICPhS Satelite Meeting , Edinburgh, Scotland, August 2015. pdf bib
Spyros Kousidis, Julian Hough and David Schlangen. Exploring the Body and Head Kinematics of Laughter, Filled Pauses and Breaths. In Proceedings of the The 4th Interdisciplinary Workshop on Laughter and Other Non-verbal Vocalisations in Speech , Enschede, Netherlands, April 2015. pdf bib
Julian Hough, Casey Kennington, David Schlangen and Jonathan Ginzburg. Incremental Semantics for Dialogue Processing: Requirements and a Comparison of Two Approaches. In Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Computational Semantics (IWCS), London, April 2015. pdf bib
Arash Eshghi, Christine Howes, Eleni Gregoromichelaki, Julian Hough and Matthew Purver. Feedback in Conversation as Incremental Semantic Update. In Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Computational Semantics (IWCS), London, April 2015. pdf bib
(talk) Julian Hough and David Schlangen. Inferring Meaning from Disfluencies in an Incremental Dialogue Framework. At the Interactive Meaning Construction Workshop at 11th International Conference on Computational Semantics (IWCS), London, April 2015. slides
Julian Hough. Modelling Incremental Self-Repair Processing in Dialogue. PhD Thesis. Queen Mary University of London, 2015 pdf bib

2014

Julian Hough and Matthew Purver. Strongly Incremental Repair Detection. In Proceedings of EMNLP, Doha, Qatar, October 2014. pdf bib video
Iwan de Kok, Julian Hough, Cornelia Frank, Stefan Kopp and David Schlangen. Dialogue Structure of Coaching Sessions. In Proceedings of SemDial 2014 (DialWatt), Edinburgh, September 2014. pdf bib
Jonathan Ginzburg, Ye Tian, Pascal Amsili, Claire Beyssade, Barbera Hemforth, Yannick Mathieu, Claire Saillard, Julian Hough, Spyros Kousidis and David Schlangen. The Disfluency, Exclamation and Laughter in Dialogue (DUEL) Project. In proceedings of SemDial 2014 (DialWatt), Edinburgh, September 2014. pdf bib
Christine Howes, Julian Hough, Matthew Purver and Rose McCabe. Helping, I Mean Assessing Psychiatric Communication: An Application of Incremental Self-Repair Detection. In proceedings of SemDial 2014 (DialWatt), Edinburgh, September 2014. pdf bib
Julian Hough and Matthew Purver. Lattice Theoretic Relevance in Incremental Reference Processing. In the RefNet Workshop on Psychological and Computational Models of Reference Comprehension and Production, Edinburgh, August 2014. pdf bib
Matthew Purver, Julian Hough and Eleni Gregoromichelaki. Dialogue and Compound Contributions. In Natural Language Generation For Interactive Systems, A. Stent and S. Bangalore (eds.), Cambridge University Press. pdf bib
Julian Hough and Matthew Purver. Probabilistic Type Theory for Incremental Dialogue Systems. EACL workshop Type Theory and Natural Language Semantics (TTNLS), Gothenburg, April 2014. pdf bib

2013

Julian Hough and Matthew Purver. Modelling Expectation in the Self-Repair Processing of Annotat-, um, Listeners. SemDial 2013 (DialDam), Amsterdam, December 2013. pdf bib
Arash Eshghi, Julian Hough and Matthew Purver. Incremental Grammar Induction from Child-Directed Utterances. In the ACL Workshop on Cognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics (CMCL), Sofia, Bulgaria, August 2013. pdf bib
Matthew Purver, Arash Eshghi and Julian Hough. Data-driven Learning in an Incremental Grammar Framework. In the Linguistic Evidence conference, Berlin, April 2013. pdf
Arash Eshghi, Matthew Purver and Julian Hough. Probabilistic Induction for an Incremental Semantic Grammar. In Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Computational Semantics (IWCS), Potsdam, March 2013. pdf bib

2012

(Talk) Julian Hough and DynDial project colleagues. DS-TTR and Incremental Dialogue Processing. 1st International Workshop on Type Theory with Records, University of Gothenburg, December 2012. slides
Arash Eshghi, Julian Hough, Matthew Purver, Ruth Kempson and Eleni Gregoromichelaki. Conversational Interactions: Capturing Dialogue Dynamics. In S. Larsson and L. Borin (eds.), From Quantification to Conversation: Festschrift for Robin Cooper, Tributes 19, College Publications, 2012. pdf bib
Julian Hough and Matthew Purver. Processing Self-Repairs in an Incremental Type-Theoretic Dialogue System. SemDial 2012 (SeineDial), Paris, September 2012. pdf bib
Arash Eshghi, Matthew Purver, Julian Hough and Yo Sato. Inducing lexical entries for an incremental semantic grammar. In Constraint Solving and Language Processing, Orléans, September 2012. pdf bib

2011

Julian Hough. Incremental Semantics Driven Natural Language Generation with Self-Repairing Capability. In Proceedings of the Student Workshop associated with RANLP 2011, Hissar, Bulgaria, September 2011. pdf bib
Arash Eshghi, Matthew Purver and Julian Hough. DyLan: Parser for Dynamic Syntax. Technical Report EECSRR-11-05, School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science Research Reports, EECSRR-11-05. ISSN 2043-0167 http://qmro.qmul.ac.uk/jspui/handle/123456789/5012. Queen Mary University of London, October 2011. pdf bib
(Talk) Julian Hough, Matthew Purver and Arash Eshghi. Dynamic Representations in a Dialogue System. Workshop on Incrementality in Linguistic and Musical Interaction, King's College London, March 2011. slides
Matthew Purver, Arash Eshghi and Julian Hough. Incremental Semantic Construction in a Dialogue System. In Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Computational Semantics (IWCS), Oxford, January 2011. pdf bib

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