Design and validation of an interface for a AI-based dialogue system - COMP 396 Undergraduate Research Project Application Form

Supervisor's Name: Joelle Pineau

Supervisor's Email: jpineau [at]

Supervisor's Phone: 5143985432

Supervisor's Website:

Supervisor's department: Computer Science

Course number: COMP 396 (Computer Science)

Term: Fall 2015-2016

Project start date: Friday, September 4, 2015

Project end date: Monday, December 7, 2015

Project title: Design and validation of an interface for a AI-based dialogue system

Project description (50-100 words suggested): The long-term goal of the project is to build an AI agent able to hold a conversation with a human.  We have recently developed an AI agent able to select appropriate responses for technical support tasks.  We are now aiming to enhance the system with a suitable user interface, as well as improve the scope of conversations that the agent can handle.  The student will be responsible for design, implementation of the new user interface, such that we can test performance of the system with real users.

Prerequisite: 1 term completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.0 or higher; or permission of instructor.

Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): 40% Software development, documentation, testing; 10% Oral presentation; 50% Final written report.

Project status: This project is taken. The professor has no more '396' projects this term.

Ethics, safety, and training: Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students. This project involves NEITHER animal subjects, nor human subjects, nor biohazardous substances, nor radioactive materials, nor handling chemicals, nor using lasers.