EUROSPEECH 2001 Scandinavia
7th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Aalborg, Denmark
September 3-7, 2001


The Generation of Speech for a Search Guide

Nicholas J. Cook, Ian D. Benest

University of York, UK

A major problem with any interface to a hierarchical information system, however shallow the hierarchy might be, is that information below the current level is hidden from view. To determine whether there is useful information at any level below the current one, requires an inference-based look-and-ponder process followed by a tedious point-click-waitread-back process of manipulation. This equally applies to the results obtained from a search engine. An alternative is to provide a search interface that offers oral cues to buried information and relies on the intelligence of the user to recognise the usefulness behind the cues. The result will be a conversational search guide and this paper addresses the production of speech utterances, using pre-recorded speech, so that the guide remains almost as fresh as a human guide.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Cook, Nicholas J. / Benest, Ian D. (2001): "The generation of speech for a search guide", In EUROSPEECH-2001, 1739-1742.