Sixth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing
(ICSLP 2000)

Beijing, China
October 16-20, 2000

Formal and Natural Language Generation in the Mercury Conversational System

Stephanie Seneff, Joseph Polifroni

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

This paper describes the generation component of our MERCURY flight reservation conversational system. Generation makes use of the GENESIS-II generation server, which represents a signifi- cant redesign from its predecessor, GENESIS. While the main focus is on response generation, we also discuss a variety of other generation needs that are fulfilled by GENESIS-II. These include a paraphrase of the user query back into English and into a flattened electronic form, the paraphrase of the electronic form into a database query language, and the conversion of flight tables into HTML format.

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Bibliographic reference.  Seneff, Stephanie / Polifroni, Joseph (2000): "Formal and natural language generation in the Mercury conversational system", In ICSLP-2000, vol.2, 767-770.