7th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

September 16-20, 2002
Denver, Colorado, USA

OrienTel: Speech-Based Interactive Communication Applications for the Mediterranean and the Middle East

Imed Zitouni (1), Joseph Olive (1), Dorota Iskra (2), Khalid Choukri (3), Ossama Emam4, Oren Gedge (5), Emmanuel Maragoudakis (6), Herbert Tropf (7), Asunción Moreno (8), Albino Nogueiras Rodriguez (8), Barbara Heuft (9), Rainer Siemund (9)

(1) Lucent Technologies, USA; (2) SPEX, The Netherlands; (3) ELDA, France; (4) IBM, Egypt; (5) NSC, Israel; (6) University of Patras, Greece; (7) Siemens, Germany; (8) Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain; (9) Philips Speech Processing, Germany

In this paper, we introduce a new European project named Orien- Tel. The aim of OrienTel is to enable the project’s participants to design and develop multilingual interactive communication services for the Mediterranean and the Middle East, ranging from Morocco in the West to the Gulf states in the East, including Turkey and Cyprus. These multilingual applications will be largely speech-based and will typically be implemented on mobile and multi-modal platforms such as cellular GSM or UMTS phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs) or combinations of the two. Applications of the kind targeted are uni- fied messaging, information retrieval, customer care, banking, WAP and service portals. To achieve this aim, the consortium will produce various surveys of the OrienTel region, compile a set of 22 linguistic databases, conduct research into ASR-related problems the OrienTel languages hold and develop demonstrator applications bearing evidence of OrienTel’s multilingual orientation.


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Bibliographic reference.  Zitouni, Imed / Olive, Joseph / Iskra, Dorota / Choukri, Khalid / Emam4, Ossama / Gedge, Oren / Maragoudakis, Emmanuel / Tropf, Herbert / Moreno, Asunción / Rodriguez, Albino Nogueiras / Heuft, Barbara / Siemund, Rainer (2002): "Orientel: speech-based interactive communication applications for the mediterranean and the middle east", In ICSLP-2002, 325-328.