Athena 2.0: Contextualized Dialogue Management for an Alexa Prize SocialBot

Juraj Juraska, Kevin 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


Abstract
Athena 2.0 is an Alexa Prize SocialBot that has been a finalist in the last two Alexa Prize Grand Challenges. One reason for Athena’s success is its novel dialogue management strategy, which allows it to dynamically construct dialogues and responses from component modules, leading to novel conversations with every interaction. Here we describe Athena’s system design and performance in the Alexa Prize during the 20/21 competition. A live demo of Athena as well as video recordings will provoke discussion on the state of the art in conversational AI.
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2021.emnlp-demo.15
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Proceedings of the 2021 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing: System Demonstrations
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November
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2021
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Online and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
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EMNLP
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Association for Computational Linguistics
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124–133
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https://aclanthology.org/2021.emnlp-demo.15
DOI:
10.18653/v1/2021.emnlp-demo.15
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Juraj Juraska, Kevin 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, and Marilyn Walker. 2021. Athena 2.0: Contextualized Dialogue Management for an Alexa Prize SocialBot. In Proceedings of the 2021 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing: System Demonstrations, pages 124–133, Online and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Association for Computational Linguistics.
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Athena 2.0: Contextualized Dialogue Management for an Alexa Prize SocialBot (Juraska et al., EMNLP 2021)
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