ISCA Archive SDS 1995
ISCA Archive SDS 1995

The generic user interface design environment (GUIDE) - overview and features

Brian Mellor, Mike Tomlinson, Nick Coleman

The successful exploitation of speech technology will most likely take place in applications where it is closely integrated with other input and output modalities. To aid the rapid development and assessment of such multi-input and output device systems, the Speech Research Unit (SRU) at the Defence Research Agency has developed a 'Generic User Interface Design Environment' (GUIDE).

GUIDE is intended to be used in a 'breadboard' fashion, in which various input and output devices are associated with given functions via a core dialogue management system using pre-defined software routines. The highly modular routines are intended to allow system development by interface designers rather than hardware experts. GUIDE is coded in the Visual Basic language running on IBM compatible personal computers (PCs) in the Microsoft Windows environment. Communications between the software modules is achieved through use of the Windows API.

This paper provides an overview of the structure of GUIDE and details two examples of its use in a human factors experiment and in developing a natural language understanding interface to a route planning application.

Cite as: Mellor, B., Tomlinson, M., Coleman, N. (1995) The generic user interface design environment (GUIDE) - overview and features. Proc. ESCA Workshop on Spoken Dialogue Systems, 117-120

  author={Brian Mellor and Mike Tomlinson and Nick Coleman},
  title={{The generic user interface design environment (GUIDE) - overview and features}},
  booktitle={Proc. ESCA Workshop on Spoken Dialogue Systems},