Dr. Volha Petukhova

Saarland University
Building C7 1, Room 0.06
66123 Saarbr├╝cken
+49(681)302 58 128


Computational semantics of natural language; Dialogue theory and computational pragmatics; Representation systems for beliefs, intentions, and actions; Context modelling and context-based reasoning; Intelligent, cooperative, multimodal communication; Cognitive modelling; Dialogue management; Multimodal HCI; Semantic annotations --Editorial Group member ISO 24617-2 (Semantic annotation framework - Dialogue Acts) and ISO 24617-5 (Semantic annotation framework - Semantic Roles)

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Current students:

Martin Wolf (Bsc) Optimizing quantity and quality of retrieved information for QA application

Dominik Weber (BSc) Depression Detection from Multimodal Psychiatric Questionnaire (PHQ-8) based Interviews

Preeti Dolakasharia (MSc) Virtual Coach for Cognitive Wellbeing (tentative)

Bahar Tarakameh (MSc) Integration of business process models into dialogue management: patient self-assessment use case

Firuza Sharifullaeva (MSc) Cognitive task modelling for therapy adherence dialogues

Nahid Akhtar (MSc) Interactive Question Answering to Access Medical Information and Services: Anesthesia Pre-assessment use case

Karolina Kume (MSc) Argument quality assessment: detecting and defeating polarization and opinion manipulation arguments in social media

Kang Ji (MSc) Modelling dependency relations between various dialogue units

Former students:

Tobias Mayer (BSc) Antwortextraktion fuer QA-Applikationen mittels automatish generierter Ontologien

Desmond Darma Putra (MSc) Answer Extraction Module for Question Answering Gaming Application

Humayun Faiz (MSc) Question Classification

Alexandr Chernov (MSc) Understanding Questions: Computing the Expected Answer Type (EAT)

Ramkumar Aruchamy (MSc) Design of Flexible Dialogue Management Strategies for Interactive Dialogue Systems

Manoj Raju (MSc) Automatic Detection and Classification of Beat Gestures in Argumentative Discourse

Dilafruz Amanova (MSc) Cross-Domain Dialogue Act Classification

Eustace Ebhotemhen (MSc) Incremental  Dialogue Act Classification

Valeria Lapina (MSc) Modality classification in multi-issue bargaining dialogues

Tobias Mayer (MSc) Argument Structure Mining: assessing argumentative behaviour in deba