In-depth study of a particular area of computational linguistics, with hands-on experience. Prerequisite: LING 570 and 571, or permission of instructor. Offered: WSp.
The course will cover the theory and practice of spoken dialog systems. The course will have readings and lectures on general techniques and issues in spoken dialog systems, and will use publicly available tools and toolkits to investigate spoken dialog systems. The target will be conversational systems that are more flexible than the typical flight status phone system. Students will work with the components of a typical spoken dialog system pipeline, including speech recognizer grammars, semantic interpretation for inputs, dialog managers and conversational design, and speech output.
Student learning goals
Understand and apply models of conversational dialogue systems.
Assess the impact of spoken dialogue system component design on system usability, efficiency, and effectiveness.
Understand the role of lexical, task-based, and prosodic information in structuring dialogue.
Understand the impact of different dialogue management styles on human-computer interaction.
General method of instruction
The course will involves lectures as well as group discussion. Students will work on implementing components of and analyzing spoken dialogue systems.
No mandatory requirements - programming background and Ling570 helpful.
Class assignments and grading