Sixth European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Budapest, Hungary
September 5-9, 1999

EUROPA: A Generic Framework for Developing Spoken Dialogue Systems

Munehiko Sasajima, Takehide Yano, Yasuyuki Kono

Kansai Research Center, TOSHIBA Corporation, Higashi-Nada, Kobe, Japan

Voice interfaces are not popular since they are neither useful nor user-friendly for non-specialist users. In this paper, EUROPA, a new framework for developing spoken dialogue systems, is introduced. In developing EUROPA, the authors focused on three points : (1) acceptance of spoken language, (2) portability in terms of domain and task, and (3) practical performance of the applied system. The framework is applied to prototyping a car navigation system called MINOS. MINOS is built on a portable PC, can process over 700 words of recognition vocabulary, and is able to respond to a user's question within a few seconds.

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Bibliographic reference.  Sasajima, Munehiko / Yano, Takehide / Kono, Yasuyuki (1999): "EUROPA: a generic framework for developing spoken dialogue systems", In EUROSPEECH'99, 1163-1166.