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Hello! I'm Emmanuel,

I was born and grew up in Benin, a tiny west African country. 
I now live and work in Osaka, Japan after completing my higher education in this country that became my second home.
My research is at the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction, Educational Psychology and  Affective Sciences. I am interested in developing emotionally intelligent computer systems that could contribute to improve people (learners)'s sense of well-being through experiencing emotional contagion. My current work focuses on the development of embodied conversational agents that go beyond cognition, and care about emotional variables influencing second language communication.

When I’m not working, I love watching soccer (I’m a passionate fan of Real Madrid cf), exchanging with people coming from diverse horizons, or camping.

“The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing”, Albert Einstein.

Emmanuel Ayedoun

Assistant professor,

Department of Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Science

Kansei Information Systems (KIS) Lab

Kansai University

 

Research Areas:

 > Emotion-oriented systems

 > Embodied conversational agents

 > Intelligent tutoring systems

 > Computer Supported Second Language Acquisition

Email:

emay@kansai-u.ac.jp 

Tel:

00-81-6-6368-0859

 

Address:

3 Chome-3-35 Yamatecho, Suita,
Osaka 564-8680 Japan

ABOUT ME
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
 
2020 April- Current 

Assistant Professor

KANSAI UNIVERSITY

Faculty of Engineering Science,

Department of Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering

April 2018-March 2020

Research Fellow (DC1)

JAPAN SOCIETY FOR THE PROMOTION OF SCIENCE (JSPS)

EDUCATION
 
2018-2020

Doctor's Degree

OSAKA PREFECTURE UNIVERSITY

Graduate School of Humanities and Sustainable System Sciences

Major: Informatics

Thesis title: Embodied Conversational Agent to Enhance Second Language Learners Willingness to Communicate

2016-2018

Master's Degree

OSAKA PREFECTURE UNIVERSITY

Graduate School of Humanities and Sustainable System Sciences

Major: Informatics

2012-2016

Bachelor's Degree

OSAKA PREFECTURE UNIVERSITY

College of Sustainable System Sciences

School of Knowledge and Information Systems

Major: Informatics

PROJECTS
 
Coming soon...
PUBLICATIONS
 

Journal Papers

Dom. Conference Papers

Int. Conference Papers

Other Papers

Journal Papers
 

  • Emmanuel Ayedoun, Yuki Hayashi, Kazuhisa Seta: “Towards Personalized Scaffolding and Fading of Motivational Support in L2 Learner-Dialogue Agent Interactions: An Exploratory Study”, IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies, Vol. 13, No. 3, pp. 604-616 (2020) https://doi: 10.1109/TLT.2020.2989776

  • Emmanuel Ayedoun, Yuki Hayashi, and Kazuhisa Seta: “Dialogue Agents and Learning Support”, Transactions of Japanese Society for Information and Systems in Education, Vol.36, No.4, pp. 221-232 (2019) 【Review paper (in Japanese)】

  • Emmanuel Ayedoun, Yuki Hayashi, and Kazuhisa Seta: “Adding Communicative and Affective Strategies to an Embodied Conversational Agent to Enhance Second Language Learners’ Willingness to Communicate”, International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education, Vol.29, No.1, pp. 29-57, Springer (2019)

  • Emmanuel Ayedoun, Yuki Hayashi, Kazuhisa Seta: Web-services Based Conversational Agent to Encourage Willingness to Communicate in EFL Context, The Journal of Information and Systems in Education, Vol.14, No.1, pp. 15-27 (2016)

 
International Conference Papers

  •  Ikuya Edama, Emmanuel Ayedoun, Hiroshi Takenouchi, Masataka Tokumaru: “Kansei Perception Support System to Promote Daily Life Awareness”, Proceedings of HCII2021, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS), to appear

  • Shimpei Maruoka, Emmanuel Ayedoun, Hiroshi Takenouchi, Masataka Tokumaru: “User Preference and Suitability-Aware Eyeglasses Recommender System”, Proceedings of HCII2021, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS), to appear

  • Emmanuel Ayedoun, Yuki Hayashi, and Kazuhisa Seta: “Services Task Model Based Dialogue Scenarios Design Towards L2 WTC Support Oriented Dialogues Authoring Tool”, Proceedings of HCII2020, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS), Vol.12185, pp. 145–163 (2020)  https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-50017-7_10

  • Emmanuel Ayedoun, Yuki Hayashi, and Kazuhisa Seta: “L2 Learners’ Preferences of Dialogue Agents: A Key to Achieve Adaptive Motivational Support?”, Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED 2019), Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS), Vol. 11626, Part II, pp. 19-23 (2019)

  • Emmanuel Ayedoun, Yuki Hayashi, and Kazuhisa Seta: “Can Conversational Agents Foster Learner’s Willingness To Communicate in a Second Language?: Effects of Communication Strategies and Affective Backchannels”, Proceedings of the 25th International Conference on Computers in Education (ICCE2017), pp. 835-844 (2017) 【Nomination for Best Student Paper Award】

  • Emmanuel Ayedoun, Yuki Hayashi, and Kazuhisa Seta: “Communication Strategies and Affective Backchannels for Conversational Agents to Enhance Learners’ Willingness to Communicate in a Second Language”, Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED2017), Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS), Vol.10331, pp. 459-462 (2017) 【Poster Award】

  • Emmanuel Ayedoun, Yuki Hayashi, and Kazuhisa Seta: “HCI Approach to Enhancing Willingness to Communicate in EFL Context”, Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Knowledge Management, pp. 449-451 (2015) 【Best Poster Presentation Award】

  • Emmanuel Ayedoun, Yuki Hayashi, and Kazuhisa Seta: “A Conversational Agent To Encourage Willingness To Communicate in the Context of English as a Foreign Language”, Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Knowledge-Based and Intelligent Information and Engineering Systems, Vol.60, pp. 1433-1442 (2015)

Domestic Conference Papers
 

  • Emmanuel Ayedoun, Yuki Hayashi, Kazuhisa Seta: Semi-Automatic Authoring of Task-Oriented English Dialogue Scenarios, Proceedings of the 91st SIG on Advanced Learning Science and Technology of the Japanese Society of Artificial Intelligence, SIG-ALST-C003-04, pp. 20-27 (2021) 【Nomination for Research Excellence Award】

  • Emmanuel Ayedoun, Yuki Hayashi, and Kazuhisa Seta: “Semi-automatic Generation of Spoken English Dialogue Scenarios Based on Service Process Model”, Proceedings of the 34th Annual Conference of the Japanese Society of Artificial Intelligence, (2020)

  • Emmanuel Ayedoun, Yuki Hayashi, and Kazuhisa Seta: “Learners’ Preferences of Conversational Strategies and L2 WTC Outcomes in Using a Dialogue Agent”, Proceedings of the 84th SIG on Advanced Learning Science and Technology of the Japanese Society of Artificial Intelligence, SIG-ALST B802-01, pp. 1-8 (2018) 【Young Researcher Incitement Award】

  • Emmanuel Ayedoun, Yuki Hayashi, and Kazuhisa Seta: “Motivational Strategies Enhanced Conversational Agent to Increase L2 Learners’ WTC”, Proceedings of the 80th SIG on Advanced Learning Science and Technology of the Japanese Society of Artificial Intelligence, SIG-ALST-B507-03, pp. 13-20 (2017) 【Young Researcher Incitement Award】

  • Emmanuel Ayedoun, Yuki Hayashi, and Kazuhisa Seta: “Embodied Conversational Agent to Motivate Learners towards Communication in English”, Proceedings of the 31st Annual Conference of the Japanese Society of Artificial Intelligence, 1B3-3 (2017)

  • Emmanuel Ayedoun, Yuki Hayashi, and Kazuhisa Seta: Towards Language-barrier free Knowledge Co-creation: Enhancing Learners’ Willingness To Communicate in English with an Embodied Conversational Agent, The 7th Knowledge Co-creation Forum, V 14-1 (2017)

Other Papers & Presentations
 
  • Emmanuel Ayedoun, Yuki Hayashi, and Kazuhisa Seta: Towards Language-barrier free Knowledge Co-creation: Enhancing Learners’ Willingness To Communicate in English with an Embodied Conversational Agent, The 7th Knowledge Co-creation Forum, V 14-1 (2017)

  • Emmanuel Ayedoun,Yuki Hayashi, and Kazuhisa Seta:英語コミュニケーション意欲を高める会話エージェント,2015 春 JSiSE学生研究発表会, pp.67-68 (2015)【Best Presentation Award】