4th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Philadelphia, PA, USA
October 3-6, 1996

A New Restaurant Guide Conversational System: Issues in Rapid Prototyping for Specialized Domains

Stephanie Seneff, Joseph Polifroni

Spoken Language Systems Group, Laboratory for Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA

Over the past year,we have begun the development of a new restaurant guide domain, DINEX, which utilizes all of the same core technology as our other GALAXY systems [2]. The domain server has been adapted from our CityGuide domain within our GALAXY framework, using the same mechanisms to locate places on the map or to give directions. The system has information on several features for restaurants, such as hours, cuisine, parking availability, and an on-line menu. DINEX knows over 450 restaurants in the Boston area, and can also provide directions from subway stops or well-known landmarks. DINEX makes use of a relational database derived from several on-line sources, including a nationally known travel guide. This paper particularly emphasizes the language tools we have developed to construct the relational database semi-automatically and to derive from user queries the appropriate SQL queries for accessing the database.

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Bibliographic reference.  Seneff, Stephanie / Polifroni, Joseph (1996): "A new restaurant guide conversational system: issues in rapid prototyping for specialized domains", In ICSLP-1996, 665-668.