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The Conversational Interface

Talking to Smart Devices

  • Michael McTear
  • Zoraida Callejas
  • David Griol

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Michael McTear, Zoraida Callejas, David Griol
    Pages 1-7
  3. Conversational Interfaces: Preliminaries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Michael McTear, Zoraida Callejas, David Griol
      Pages 11-24
    3. Michael McTear, Zoraida Callejas, David Griol
      Pages 25-50
    4. Michael McTear, Zoraida Callejas, David Griol
      Pages 51-72
  4. Developing a Speech-Based Conversational Interface

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-73
    2. Michael McTear, Zoraida Callejas, David Griol
      Pages 75-92
    3. Michael McTear, Zoraida Callejas, David Griol
      Pages 93-123
    4. Michael McTear, Zoraida Callejas, David Griol
      Pages 125-159
    5. Michael McTear, Zoraida Callejas, David Griol
      Pages 161-185
    6. Michael McTear, Zoraida Callejas, David Griol
      Pages 187-208
    7. Michael McTear, Zoraida Callejas, David Griol
      Pages 209-233
    8. Michael McTear, Zoraida Callejas, David Griol
      Pages 235-263
    9. Michael McTear, Zoraida Callejas, David Griol
      Pages 265-279
  5. Conversational Interfaces and Devices

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 281-281
    2. Michael McTear, Zoraida Callejas, David Griol
      Pages 283-308
    3. Michael McTear, Zoraida Callejas, David Griol
      Pages 309-327
    4. Michael McTear, Zoraida Callejas, David Griol
      Pages 329-357
    5. Michael McTear, Zoraida Callejas, David Griol
      Pages 359-376
  6. Evaluation and Future Directions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 377-377
    2. Michael McTear, Zoraida Callejas, David Griol
      Pages 379-402
    3. Michael McTear, Zoraida Callejas, David Griol
      Pages 403-418
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 419-422

About this book

Introduction

This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the conversational interface, which is becoming the main mode of interaction with virtual personal assistants, smart devices, various types of wearables, and social robots. The book consists of four parts: Part I presents the background to conversational interfaces, examining past and present work on spoken language interaction with computers; Part II covers the various technologies that are required to build a conversational interface along with practical chapters and exercises using open source tools; Part III looks at interactions with smart devices, wearables, and robots, and then goes on to discusses the role of emotion and personality in the conversational interface; Part IV examines methods for evaluating conversational interfaces and discusses future directions. 

·        Presents a comprehensive overview of the various technologies that underlie conversational user interfaces;

·        Combines descriptions of conversational user interface technologies with a guide to various toolkits and software that enable readers to implement and test their own solutions;

·        Provides a series of worked examples so readers can develop and implement different aspects of the technologies.

Keywords

Conversational User Interface Natural Language Generation Speech Recognition Spoken Dialogue Systems Spoken Language Input and Output Spoken Language Understanding Text to Speech Synthesis

Authors and affiliations

  • Michael McTear
    • 1
  • Zoraida Callejas
    • 2
  • David Griol
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Computing and MathematicsUniversity of UlsterNorth IrelandUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.ETSI Informática y TelecomunicaciónUniversity of GranadaGranadaSpain
  3. 3.Universidad Carlos III de MadridMadridSpain

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-32967-3
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-32965-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-32967-3
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