Sviatlana Danilava

Sviatlana Danilava
Postadresse Université du Luxembourg
2, Avenue de l'Université
L-4365 Esch-sur-Alzette


My primary academic interests are analysis and modelling of the interaction over a prolonged period of time, and of the mechanisms that allow communication to succeed or lead to failure. The goal of my work multidisciplinary is to create more sophisticated computational systems by understanding how the interaction between humans is shaped and how it influences the relationships. 
I am working on design and implementation of an Artificial Conversational Companion which helps advanced language learners to practice conversation via instant messenger. I focus on informal chat dialogue interaction in the context of second language acquisition. I am creating a corpus of instant messaging dialogues. I am analysing the data and working on computational models of talk-in-interaction.

Current activities

  • Finalising the thesis.
  • Preparing the defense.

Things done

  • Interaction Profiles for an Artificial Conversational Companion. Poster presentation at the International Symposium on Companion Technology. 23-25 September 2015. Ulm, Germany. 
  • The First annotated version of the German Chat Corpus is published! Check out the corpus at ELRA:
  • Dealing with Trouble: A Data-Driven Model of a Repair Type for a Conversational Agent. Poster presentation at the 29th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 2015, Austin, TX, USA.
  • Artificial Conversational Companions: presentation at AAAI 2013 Doctoral Consortium. Bellevue, Washington, 14-15 July 2013. I would like to thank Marie desJardins who was my mentor at the Doctoral Consortium.
  • Responsiveness in Instant Messaging Dialogues: presentation at the CHI-2013 workshop Avec le Temps! Time, Tempo, and Turns in Human-Computer Interaction. Paris, 28 April 2013.
  • ILIAS PhD Colloquium
  • Data collection: a qualitative experiment. I thank so much all the participants in Luxembourg, Germany and Republic of Belarus for their help. It was a great experience for everyone! Read the data collection reporthere.
  • DICA-Lab PhD Day 2012: presentation with the title "Computational Models of Interaction Based on Empirical Data from Chat Dialogues". Read more about this event.
  • Chercheurs à l'école 2012
  • Foire de l'Etudiant 2012 Stand 3A22 Ministère de l’Egalité des Chances.
  • Attending IJCAI 2011 (Conference page).


  • Bachelor Level: Database Management I (Winter 2014/15)
  • Master Level: Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (Summer 2013)
  • Bachelor Level: Database Management III (Business Intelligence; Winter 2012/13)
  • Master Level: Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (Summer 2012)
  • Master Level: Machine Learning (Winter 2011/12)
  • Bachelor Level: Database Management III (Business Intelligence; Winter 2011/12)

Scientific Advisors

Brief CV

Before I came to Luxembourg in 2011, I was:
2010-2011     Project Manager, smartShift, Mannheim, Germany 
2009-2010     Member research staff, University of Würzburg, Germany 
2008-2009     Member research staff, Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany 
2003-2008     Study of Computer Science, Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany 
2001-2003     Translator and Interpreter, Monolith, Vitebsk, Belarus 
1996-2001     Study of German and English, Masherov-University, Vitebsk, Belarus

Last updated on: Donnerstag, den 14. Januar 2016