8th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Geneva, Switzerland
September 1-4, 2003


A Spoken Language Interface to an Electronic Programme Guide

Jianhong Jin (1), Martin J. Russell (1), Michael J. Carey (2), James Chapman (3), Harvey Lloyd-Thomas (4), Graham Tattersall (5)

(1) University of Birmingham, U.K.
(2) University of Bristol, U.K.
(3) BT Exact Technologies, U.K.
(4) Ensigma Technologies, U.K.
(5) Snape Signals Research, U.K.

This paper describes research into the development of personalised spoken language interfaces to an electronic programme guide A substantial data collection exercise has been conducted, resulting in a corpus of nearly 10,000 spoken queries to an electronic programme guide by a total of 64 subjects. A substantial part of the corpus comprises recordings of many queries from a small number of `core' subjects to facilitate research into personalisation and the construction of user profiles. This spoken query data is supported by a second corpus which contains a record of subjects' viewing habits over a two year period. Finally, the two corpora have been combined to create two information retrieval test sets. Two probabilistic information retrieval systems are described, and the results obtained on the PUMA IR test sets using these systems are presented.

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Bibliographic reference.  Jin, Jianhong / Russell, Martin J. / Carey, Michael J. / Chapman, James / Lloyd-Thomas, Harvey / Tattersall, Graham (2003): "A spoken language interface to an electronic programme guide", In EUROSPEECH-2003, 2201-2204.