4th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Philadelphia, PA, USA
October 3-6, 1996

A Real-Time System for Summarizing Human-Human Spontaneous Spoken Dialogues

Megumi Kameyama (1), Goh Kawai (1), Isao Arima (2)

(1) SRI International, USA
(2) NTT Data Communications Systems Corp., USA

We have built a prototype Automatic Dialogue Summarizer (ADS) | a real{time system that automatically generates simple summaries of completely spontaneous human{human spoken dialogues without the machine interrupting the natural flow of conversation. Two dialogue participants (client and clerk) discuss conference room reservations (CRR) in Japanese, and the system dynamically updates summaries of what rooms were reserved or canceled for what times and by whom. This paper describes the system's architecture, its component technologies, and its performance. We discuss the robustness, efficiency, and effectiveness of the system, and the use of a spontaneous dialogue corpus for development and testing.

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Bibliographic reference.  Kameyama, Megumi / Kawai, Goh / Arima, Isao (1996): "A real-time system for summarizing human-human spontaneous spoken dialogues", In ICSLP-1996, 681-684.