COST278 and ISCA Tutorial and Research Workshop (ITRW) on Robustness Issues in Conversational Interaction

University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
August 30-31, 2004

Dynamic Choice of Robust Strategies in Dialogue Management

Bryan McEleney, Gregory O’Hare

Department of Computer Science, University College Dublin, Ireland

An important tradeoff in error-prone dialogue is between the cost of using more robust dialogue strategies and the cost of recovering from failed understanding without using them. A strategy has to be quantitatively planned for each dialogue state, since too robust a strategy might not have a worthwhile effect on the failure rate. A dialogue manager is described which chooses between strategies that have differing levels of robustness with a view to maximising the efficiency of the dialogue.

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Bibliographic reference.  McEleney, Bryan / O’Hare, Gregory (2004): "Dynamic choice of robust strategies in dialogue management", In Robust2004, paper 29.