J.B. van Waterschoot MSc (Jelte)

PhD Candidate

About Me

I'm currently researching adaptive strategies for embodied conversational agents (ECAs). I'm focused on finding conversational strategies, such as topic alignment and verbal alignment to improve the naturalness of a conversation between humans and ECAs. This involves the process of dialogue management, topic management and natural language generation.


Markup Languages
Human Computer Interaction
Speech Synthesis
Computer Vision


van Waterschoot, J. B., Dubuisson Duplessis, G., Gatti, L., Bruijnes, M., & Heylen, D. K. J. (2018). HAI Alice - An Information-Providing Closed-Domain Dialog Corpus. In N. Calzolari, K. Choukri, C. Cieri, T. Declerck, S. Goggi, K. Hasida, H. Isahara, B. Maegaard, J. Mariani, H. Mazo, A. Moreno, J. Odijk, S. Piperidis, ... T. Tokunaga (Eds.), Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2018) (11 ed., pp. 2746-2752). [429] Miyazaki: European Language Resources Association (ELRA).
Bowden, K., Nilsson, T., Spencer, C., Cengiz, K., Ghitulescu, A., & van Waterschoot, J. B. (2017). I Probe, Therefore I Am: Designing a Virtual Journalist with Human Emotions. In K. Truong, & D. Reidsma (Eds.), Proceedings of eNTERFACE'16 - The 12th Summer Workshop on Multimodal Interfaces (02 ed., Vol. 17, pp. 47-53). Enschede: Centre for Telematics and Information Technology (CTIT).
Cafaro, A., Bruijnes, M., van Waterschoot, J. B., Pelachaud, C., Theune, M., & Heylen, D. K. J. (2017). Selecting and Expressing Communicative Functions in a SAIBA-Compliant Agent Framework. In J. Beskow, C. Peters, G. Castellano, C. O'Sullivan, I. Leite, & S. Kopp (Eds.), Intelligent Virtual Agents: 17th International Conference, IVA 2017, Stockholm, Sweden, August 27-30, 2017, Proceedings (pp. 73-82). ( Lecture Notes in Computer Science; Vol. 10498). Springer International Publishing. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-67401-8_8
Valstar, M., Baur, T., Cafaro, A., Ghitulescu, A., Potard, B., Wagner, J., ... van Waterschoot, J. B. (2016). Ask Alice: an Artificial Retrieval of Information Agent. In Proceedings of the 18th ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction, ICMI 2016 (pp. 419-420). New York: Association for Computing Machinery. DOI: 10.1145/2993148.2998535

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Courses I help with for the Human Media Interaction/Interaction Technology master programme:

  • Conversational Agents
  • Natural Language Processing
  • HMI Project

And for the bachelors from computer science:

  • Module 5: Literature Review
  • Module 6: Human-Computer Interaction

Affiliated Study Programmes





The ARIA-VALUSPA (Artificial Retrieval of Information Assistants – Virtual Agents with Linguistic Understanding, Social skills, and Personalised Aspects) project has created a ground-breaking new framework that will allow easy creation of Artificial Retrieval of Information Assistants (ARIAs) that are capable of holding multi-modal social interactions in challenging and unexpected situations.

Finished Projects

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics & Computer Science
Zilverling (building no. 11), room 2082
Hallenweg 19
7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Mailing Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics & Computer Science
Zilverling  2082
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands