Exploring prosodic markers for sociability, engagement and trust in human and robot speech.
My broad research interest lies in the amazing capabilities that humans have to convey a very wide range of meanings with only a limited set of available phonemes and with very small changes in the speech signal. I find it extremely fascinating how such minimal changes – which very often a third party listener barely notices – are perceived and immediately and unconsciously reacted upon by the listener they are directed to.
More specifically, at the moment I am looking at trust attributions to different voices, with the aim of improving Human Robot Interactions. Using a methodology derived from Game Theory, I am conducting behavioural experiments to collect implicit measures of trust (in the form of monetary investments) to virtual/robotic players associated with different voices.
- Ilaria Torre & Frank Loesche (2016). Overcoming Impasses in Conversations: A Creative Business. Creativity. Theories-Research-Applications 3(2).
- Ilaria Torre, Laurence White, Jeremy Goslin (2016). Behavioural mediation of prosodic cues to implicit judgements of trustworthiness. In Proceedings from the 8th Speech Prosody Conference (SpeechProsody 2016).
- Ilaria Torre, Jeremy Goslin, Laurence White (2015). Investing in accents: How does experience mediate trust attributions to different voices?. In Proceedings from the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, (ICPhS-15 Glasgow). Supplemental data
- Ilaria Torre, Jeremy Goslin, Laurence White (2015). The effect of experience on trust attributions varies between two British accents. Proceedings from the 4th International Conference on English Pronunciation: Issues & Practices (EPIP4, Prague), pp. 146-148.
- Ilaria Torre (2014). Production and Perception of Smiling Voice. Proceedings of the first Postgraduate and Academic Researchers in Linguistics at York (PARLAY 2013), pp. 100-117.
- 2012-2013 - MA Phonetics and Phonology University of York (pass with merit)
- 2011 - Summer School “Aphasia: Language and the Brain” Utrecht University
- 2009-2011 - BA Languages and Linguistic Sciences Catholic University of Milan (110/110 cum laude)
- ISCA grant to cover registration at Speech Prosody 2016.
- Santander Internationalisation Mobility Support Scholarship to fund a one-month research visit in Mons.
Thanks to a Santaner scholarship, I have been able to spend one month visiting the TCTS lab at the Faculté Polytechnique at the University of Mons (Belgium). I was there from 27/08/2016 until 02/10/2016.
Workshops and conference attendance
- I presented a demo of one of my experiments at Off the Lip 2016
- I presented a demo of one of my experiments at Plymouth Robotics Day (30/06/2016)
- CogNovo Cabaret at Rumpus Cosy (30/01/2015). I presented my research in the style of the "Split or Steal" part of the "Golden Balls" TV show, but with golden brains!
Roles in CogNovo
- Organizing Committee, ColLaboratoire Summer School. Work started in January 2016 and the summer school took place successfully in August 2016. Some enthusiastic feedback from our students can be found here.
- Cake Director – founder and current organizer of Cake Thursday (a weekly event that happens right after WHAT's UP).
- CogNovo representative in the period April 2014 – January 2015.