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An Abstract Model of Man-Machine Interaction Based on Concepts from NL Dialog Processing

  • Helmut Horacek
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3999)

Abstract

Developing human-computer (man-machine) interaction system components is time consuming, error-prone, and it is hard to produce high-quality interfaces with good usability. A fundamental reason for this unsatisfactory situation lies in the way the development process is organized, which widely works on a syntactic level in terms of sets of widgets, rather than on a semantic level that captures the task-relevant flow of information. As a step towards the development of human-computer interaction system components on principled grounds, we present an abstract model of human-computer interaction based on concepts borrowed from natural language processing, prominently operational models of human dialogs. Major ingredients of this model are speech act specifications and information state-based update rules capturing the effects of these speech acts, adapted to particularities of human-computer communication. The model is a crucial prerequisite for automatically building man-machine interfaces on the basis of high-level specifications.

Keywords

Abstract Model System Functionality Domain Object Interaction Contribution Discourse History 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Helmut Horacek
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  1. 1.Fachrichtung InformatikUniversität des SaarlandesSaarbrückenGermany

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