EUROSPEECH '97
5th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Rhodes, Greece
September 22-25, 1997


From interface to content: translingual access and delivery of on-line information

Victor Zue, Stephanie Seneff, James Glass, Lee Hetherington, Edward Hurley, Helen Meng, Christine Pao, Joseph Polifroni, Rafael Schloming, Philipp Schmid

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

This paper describes our initial implementation of a system to provide world-wide weather information over the telephone. The information is gathered from several different sites on the Web, preprocessed, and cached locally into a relational database to make access both fast and selective. Our natural language tools, originally developed for processing user queries, are used here for understanding content, and for subsequently translating it into languages other than English. The system is operational, and we have been collecting data from real users via a toll-free number. We report here on an initial evaluation both of the full system in English and of the quality of the responses in German.

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Bibliographic reference.  Victor Zue, Stephanie Seneff, James Glass, Lee Hetherington, Edward Hurley, Helen Meng, Christine Pao, Joseph Polifroni, Rafael Schloming, Philipp Schmid (1997): "From interface to content: translingual access and delivery of on-line information" In EUROSPEECH-1997, 2227-2230.