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Gina-Anne Levow
LING 575
Seattle Campus

Topics in Computational Linguistics

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.

Class description

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.

Recommended preparation

No mandatory requirements - programming background and Ling570 helpful.

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Gina-Anne Levow
Date: 12/28/2011