The Queen’s Communicator: An object-based approach to the implementation of a mixed-initiative, cross-domain, spoken dialogue manager

Objectives achieved:

This research successfully demonstrated how a practical spoken dialogue manager (DM) could be developed as suite of inheriting and collaborating object-based components. The architecture of the DM reflected the generic and specialised dialogue tasks that exist in human-human dialogues. In this way it enhanced the system’s extensibility and maintainability and enabled a single implementation to operate across several different business domains. For an end-to-end solution, the DM was integrated with a number of third-party system components (including the well-proven GALAXY hub) that were used in the DARPA Communicator family of applications. Our system thus became known as the Queen’s Communicator. It has since served as a model to other researchers wishing to adopt a hierarchical, object-oriented approach to spoken dialogue management.

Other details

  • Period: January 2003 – June 2004
  • Type: Research Project
  • Status: Completed
  • Funding Body: EPSRC, £61,246.00

    Personnel Involved (UK)

  • Dr Ian O'Neill
  • Dr Philip Hanna
  • Dr Xingkun Liu (researcher)