First International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 90)

Kobe, Japan
November 18-22, 1990

Tools for Designing Dialogues in Speech Understanding Interfaces

Anders Baekgaard, Paul Dalsgaard

Speech Technology Centre, Aalborg University, Denmark

The ESPRIT project 'Integration of Speech Understanding Interfaces ' (SUNSTAR) concentrates on the design of a Dialogue System and the integration of existing off-the-shelf speech input and output devices into a number of practical applications. The communication between the speech I/O devices and a specific application is managed by a Dialogue System, which consists of a number of modules the aim of which are to guide speech activated I/O messages between the user and the application in a user-friendly and meaningful way, to forward user requests to the application, and to send back responses from the application to the user. Furthermore, the Dialogue System is supervising the state of functionality of the entire man-machine system. This paper focuses its attention on the development of the individual modules of the Dialogue System, which consists of the Dialogue Description Language including a common Dialogue Design Tool and an Interpretation and Control Module. The Dialogue Design Tool is an essential part of the Dialogue System. It is used by the Dialogue Developer for assistance during the specification of a specific application dialogue. The SUNSTAR project has partners from industry, telecommunication organisations and universities from five European countries, and the project is focused on establishing a number of practical speech I/O activated applications for the professional and public domains.

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Bibliographic reference.  Baekgaard, Anders / Dalsgaard, Paul (1990): "Tools for designing dialogues in speech understanding interfaces", In ICSLP-1990, 1249-1252.