ISCA Archive ICSLP 2000
ISCA Archive ICSLP 2000

Dialogue management in the Bell Labs communicator system

Alexandros Potamianos, Egbert Ammicht, Hong-Kwang J. Kuo

This paper describes a dialogue manager and its interaction with semantics and context tracking in a spoken dialogue system developed for general information retrieval and transaction applications. The dialogue system supports the following basic functionality: electronic form filling, database query, result navigation, attribute-value pair referencing, and value and reference resolution. General data structures and algorithms for representing and resolving ambiguity in a spoken dialogue system and a parsimonious parameterization for all application-dependent semantic and dialogue information are proposed. Dialogue management algorithms examine the semantics and dialogue state and adapt to the user’s needs and task necessities. These algorithms are applied to a travel reservation application developed under the auspices of the DARPA Communicator project. The proposed algorithms are application-independent and facilitate ease of developing new spoken dialogue systems by changing only the semantics encoded in the prototype tree and the domain-dependent templates used by such components as the parser and the prompt generator.


Cite as: Potamianos, A., Ammicht, E., Kuo, H.-K.J. (2000) Dialogue management in the Bell Labs communicator system. Proc. 6th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 2000), vol. 2, 603-606

@inproceedings{potamianos00_icslp,
  author={Alexandros Potamianos and Egbert Ammicht and Hong-Kwang J. Kuo},
  title={{Dialogue management in the Bell Labs communicator system}},
  year=2000,
  booktitle={Proc. 6th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 2000)},
  pages={vol. 2, 603-606}
}