5th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Rhodes, Greece
September 22-25, 1997

YINHE: A Mandarin Chinese Version of the GALAXY System

Chao Wang, James Glass, Helen Meng, Joe Polifroni, Stephanie Seneff, Victor W. Zue

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

The galaxy system is a human-computer conversational system providing a spoken language interface for accessing on-line information. It was initially implemented for English in travel-related domains, including air travel, local city navigation, and weather. We began an effort to develop multilingual systems within the framework of galaxy several years ago. This paper describes our recent work on porting the system to Mandarin Chinese, including speech recognition, language understanding, and language generation components. Overall, the system produced reasonable responses nearly 70% of the time for spontaneous test data collected in a wizard environment.

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Bibliographic reference.  Wang, Chao / Glass, James / Meng, Helen / Polifroni, Joe / Seneff, Stephanie / Zue, Victor W. (1997): "YINHE: a Mandarin Chinese version of the GALAXY system", In EUROSPEECH-1997, 351-354.