Antonio Roque

I'm a researcher in the Computer Science department of the University of California, Los Angeles.

I received my PhD in Computer Science at the University of Southern California, where I worked at USC's Institute for Creative Technologies from 2004 to 2010, doing research on spoken dialogue systems and intelligent virtual agents in virtual environments.

I'm involved with the IEEE SLTC newsletter. Previously I was involved with ISCA's Student Advisory Committee, the Young Researchers' Roundtable on Spoken Dialog Systems, and various program committees.

My undergraduate degree is from the University of Michigan. I was a programmer in a web shop during the dot-com boom when I made the (timely) move to research. From 2000 - 2003 I worked on a natural language intelligent tutoring system at the University of Pittsburgh's Learning Research and Development Center. In 2003 I did an internship at AT&T Labs-Research.

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"Towards a Computational Approach to Literary Text Analysis," Antonio Roque, Workshop on Computational Linguistics for Literature, NAACL-HLT 2012. pdf


"Using Virtual Tour Behavior to Build Dialogue Models for Training Review," Antonio Roque, Dusan Jan, Mark Core, and David Traum, Intelligent Virtual Agents 2011 pdf

"Tracking Communication and Belief in Virtual Worlds," Antonio Roque, Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue: SemDial 2011. (Poster describing work in progress.) pdf


"Natural Language Processing for Joint Fire Observer Training," Antonio Roque, Kallirroi Georgila, Ron Artstein, Kenji Sagae and David R. Traum, 27th Army Science Conference. pdf

"Dialogues in Context: An Objective User-Oriented Evaluation Approach for Virtual Human Dialogue," Susan Robinson, Antonio Roque, David Traum, The Seventh International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2010). pdf


"Improving a Virtual Human Using a Model of Degrees of Grounding," Antonio Roque and David Traum, IJCAI-09. pdf

"A Virtual Tour Guide for Virtual Worlds," Dusan Jan, Antonio Roque, Anton Leuski, Jacki Morie, and David Traum, Intelligent Virtual Agents 09. pdf

"Varying Personality in Spoken Dialogue with a Virtual Human," Michael Rushforth, Sudeep Gandhe, Ron Artstein, Antonio Roque, Sarrah Ali, Nicolle Whitman, and David Traum, IVA 09 . pdf. (Related technical report: pdf.)

"Dialogue Management in Spoken Dialogue Systems with Degrees of Grounding," Antonio Roque, PhD Dissertation.


"Degrees of Grounding Based on Evidence of Understanding," Antonio Roque and David Traum, SIGdial 2008. pdf

"From Domain Specification to Virtual Humans: An integrated approach to authoring tactical questioning characters," Sudeep Gandhe, David DeVault, Antonio Roque, Bilyana Martinovski, Ron Artstein, Anton Leuski, Jillian Gerten, David Traum, Interspeech 2008. pdf

"Natural Language Dialogue Architectures for Tactical Questioning Characters," David Traum, Anton Leuski, Antonio Roque, Sudeep Gandhe, David DeVault, Jillian Gerten, Susan Robinson, Bilyana Martinovski, 2008 Army Science Conference. pdf


"A Model of Compliance and Emotion for Potentially Adversarial Dialogue Agents," Antonio Roque and David Traum, SIGdial 2007. pdf

"Hassan: A Virtual Human for Tactical Questioning," David Traum, Antonio Roque, Anton Leuski, Panayiotis Georgiou, Jillian Gerten, Bilyana Martinovski, Shrikanth Narayanan, Susan Robinson and Ashish Vaswani, SIGdial 2007. pdf

"Reacting to Agreement and Error in Spoken Dialogue Systems Using Degrees of Groundedness," Antonio Roque, AAAI/SIGART Doctoral Consortium, 2007. (Abstract describing Thesis work in progress). pdf

"Using Information State to Improve Dialogue Move Identification in a Spoken Dialogue System," Hua Ai, Antonio Roque, Anton Leuski, David Traum, Interspeech 2007. pdf


"An Information State-Based Dialogue Manager for Call for Fire Dialogues," Antonio Roque and David Traum, SIGdial 2006. pdf

"Radiobot-CFF: A Spoken Dialogue System for Military Training," Antonio Roque, Anton Leuski, Vivek Rangarajan, Susan Robinson, Ashish Vaswani, Shri Narayanan, David Traum, Interspeech 2006. pdf

"Evaluation of a Spoken Dialogue System for Virtual Reality Call for Fire Training," Susan Robinson, Antonio Roque, Ashish Vaswani, Charles Hernandez, Bill Millspaugh, and David Traum, 2006 Army Science Conference. (Received Best Paper Award). pdf

"Evaluation of an Information State-Based Dialogue Manager," Antonio Roque, Hua Ai, David Traum, Semdial 2006 (Brandial). pdf


"A Hybrid Text Classification Approach for Analysis of Student Essays," Carolyn P. Rose, Antonio Roque, Dumisizwe Bhembe, Kurt VanLehn, HLT-NAACL 2003 Workshop on Educational Applications of NLP. pdf

"Overcoming the Knowledge Engineering Bottleneck for Understanding Student Language Input," Carolyn P. Rose, Andy Gaydos, Brian Hall, Antonio Roque, Kurt VanLehn, 2003 Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education. pdf

"A Hybrid Language Understanding Approach for Robust Selection of Tutoring Goals," Carolyn P. Rose, Dumisizwe Bhembe, Antonio Roque, Stephanie Siler, Ramesh Srivastava, Kurt VanLehn, 2002 Intelligent Tutoring Systems Conference. pdf

"The Architecture of Why2-Atlas: A Coach for Qualitative Physics Essay Writing," Kurt VanLehn, Pamela W. Jordan, Carolyn Penstein Rose, Dumisizwe Bhembe, Michael Bottner, Andy Gaydos, Maxim Makatchev, Umarani Pappuswamy, Michael A. Ringenberg, Antonio Roque, Stephanie Siler, Ramesh Srivastava, 2002 Intelligent Tutoring Systems Conference. pdf

"An Efficient Incremental Architecture for Robust Interpretation," Carolyn P. Rose, Dumisizwe Bhembe, Antonio Roque, Ramesh Srivastava, Kurt VanLehn, 2002 Human Languages Technologies Conference. pdf

"Conceptual Tutoring in Atlas-Andes." Carolyn Rose, Reva Freedman, Pamela Jordan, Michael Ringenberg, Antonio Roque, Kay Schulze, Robert Shelby, Stephanie Siler, Donald Treacy, Kurt VanLehn, Anders Weinstein, and Mary Wintersgill. (2000). In Building Dialogue Systems for Tutorial Applications: Papers from the 2000 Fall Symposium (North Falmouth, MA), demo session. AAAI Technical Report FS-00-01.