From Speech Recognition to Spoken Language Understanding: The Development of the MIT SUMMIT and VOYAGER Systems

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 3 (NIPS 1990)

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Victor Zue, James Glass, David Goodine, Lynette Hirschman, Hong Leung, Michael Phillips, Joseph Polifroni, Stephanie Seneff


Spoken language is one of the most natural, efficient, flexible, and econom(cid:173) ical means of communication among humans. As computers play an ever increasing role in our lives, it is important that we address the issue of providing a graceful human-machine interface through spoken language. In this paper, we will describe our recent efforts in moving beyond the scope of speech recognition into the realm of spoken-language understand(cid:173) ing. Specifically, we report on the development of an urban navigation and exploration system called VOYAGER, an application which we have used as a basis for performing research in spoken-language understanding.