Fourth European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Madrid, Spain
September 18-21, 1995

Concept-Based Spontaneous Speech Understanding System

Esther Levin, Roberto Pieraccini

Speech Research Department, AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ, USA

In this paper we describe the issues in the design of CHRONUS - a spontaneous speech understanding system. The CHRONUS system is based on the approach we proposed in 1991, which formalizes the understanding problem as a communication problem. The model assumes that a spoken sentence is generated by a HMM like process whose hidden states correspond to elemental meaning units called concepts. Understanding therefore consists in decoding the hidden concepts given a spoken utterance [2]. The CHRONUS system was used in the ARPA ATIS task, a spontaneous speech database interface. In the 1994 official evaluation it achieved a state of the art accuracy. In the following paper we discuss the features of the system that contributed to this success.

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Bibliographic reference.  Levin, Esther / Pieraccini, Roberto (1995): "Concept-based spontaneous speech understanding system", In EUROSPEECH-1995, 555-558.