Modeling dynamics in magnetic and conversational materials
Kornel Laskowski, guest researcher from CMU
Human Communication seminar series
The development of multi-body computational models of materials with magnetic properties has led to countless insights which would have otherwise been unobtainable. I will discuss the simplest of such models, proposed by Ising and Lenz in the 1920s and refined since by many others, and enumerate both the assumptions on which the model is based and the consequences which it entails. I will then argue that strikingly similar assumptions appear to hold for the occurrence of speech activity in multi-party conversation, leading to the oft-mentioned pattern of turn-taking. Whether `otherwise unobtainable´ insights into multi-party conversation are the natural consequences of this paradigm remains to be seen, but the results of preliminary analyses, conducted at CMU and KTH, are promising.