Sixth European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Budapest, Hungary
September 5-9, 1999

The August Spoken Dialogue System

Joakim Gustafson, Nikolaj Lindberg, Magnus Lundeberg

Centre for Speech Technology, Department of Speech, Music and Hearing, KTH, Stockholm, Sweden

This paper describes the Swedish spoken dialogue system August. This system has been used to collect spontaneous speech data, largely from people with no previous experience of speech technology or computers. The aim was to be able to analyse how novice users interact with a multi-modal information kiosk, placed without supervision in a public location. The system described in this paper featured an animated talking agent, August. Speech data was collected during the six months that the system was exposed to the general public. The system and its components are briefly described, with references to more detailed papers.

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Bibliographic reference.  Gustafson, Joakim / Lindberg, Nikolaj / Lundeberg, Magnus (1999): "The august spoken dialogue system", In EUROSPEECH'99, 1151-1154.