Third International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 94)

Yokohama, Japan
September 18-22, 1994

GALAXY: A Human-Language Interface to On-Line Travel Information

David Goddeau, Eric Brill, James R. Glass, Christine Pao, Michael Phillips, Joseph Polifroni, Stephanie Seneff, Victor W. Zue

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

This paper introduces galaxy, a distributed system for providing access and intelligent mediation for on-line information and services via human-language technology. We have chosen to focus our initial implementation on the travel domain (including air travel, local navigation, and weather) largely to leverage off our past experience in the development of the VOYAGER [1], ATIS [2], and pegasus [3] systems. Galaxy is designed to access real databases that are distributed among various information networks (e.g., Internet, LAN, or commercial networks such as CompuServe). Our initial system utilizes American Airlines' eaasy sabre, the NYNEX Electronic Yellow Pages, the US Census Bureau's map database, and the National Weather Service database. Galaxy was developed as an environment for exploring important research issues in human language technology. Moreover, GALAXY will provide a demonstration of an interface that will enable users to efficiently access, process, and manipulate a vast amount of on-line information.

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Bibliographic reference.  Goddeau, David / Brill, Eric / Glass, James R. / Pao, Christine / Phillips, Michael / Polifroni, Joseph / Seneff, Stephanie / Zue, Victor W. (1994): "GALAXY: a human-language interface to on-line travel information", In ICSLP-1994, 707-710.