15th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

September 14-18, 2014

SARA — Singapore's Automated Responsive Assistant for the Touristic Domain

Andreea I. Niculescu, Rafael E. Banchs, Ridong Jiang, Seokhwan Kim, Kheng Hui Yeo, Arthur Niswar

A*STAR, Singapore

In this paper we describe SARA — Singapore's Automated Responsive Assistance — an Android mobile phone application for touristic information in Singapore. The application provides information about local attractions, restaurants, sightseeing direction and transportation services. Using a GPS integrated module SARA is able to detect the user's location on a map providing orientation and direction help. Users can use speech, text or scanned QR code to interact with SARA. Input/output modalities for SARA include natural language in form of text or speech. A short video about the main features of our Android application can be seen here: Currently, SARA supports only English, but we are working towards a multi-lingual support. For test purposes we created a web version of SARA that can be tested for Chinese and English text input at:

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Bibliographic reference.  Niculescu, Andreea I. / Banchs, Rafael E. / Jiang, Ridong / Kim, Seokhwan / Yeo, Kheng Hui / Niswar, Arthur (2014): "SARA — singapore's automated responsive assistant for the touristic domain", In INTERSPEECH-2014, 2138-2139.