SpeechBuilder: Facilitating Spoken Dialogue System Development
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge United States
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SPEECHBUILDER is a suite of tools that helps facilitate the creation of mixed-initiative spoken dialogue systems for both novice and experienced developers of human language applications. SPEECHBUILDER employs intuitive methods of specification to allow developers to create human language interfaces to structured information stored in a relational database, or to control-and transaction-based applications. The goal of this project ahs been both to robustly accommodate the various scenarios where spoken dialogue systems may be needed, and to provide a stable and reliable infrastructure for design and deployment of applications. SPEECHBUILDER has been used in various spoken languages domains, including a directory of the people working at the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science, an application to control the various physical items in a typical office environment, and a system for real-time weather information access.