Spoken Language Understanding

Author: Gokhan Tur
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1119993946
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Spoken language understanding (SLU) is an emerging field in between speech and language processing, investigating human/ machine and human/ human communication by leveraging technologies from signal processing, pattern recognition, machine learning and artificial intelligence. SLU systems are designed to extract the meaning from speech utterances and its applications are vast, from voice search in mobile devices to meeting summarization, attracting interest from both commercial and academic sectors. Both human/machine and human/human communications can benefit from the application of SLU, using differing tasks and approaches to better understand and utilize such communications. This book covers the state-of-the-art approaches for the most popular SLU tasks with chapters written by well-known researchers in the respective fields. Key features include: Presents a fully integrated view of the two distinct disciplines of speech processing and language processing for SLU tasks. Defines what is possible today for SLU as an enabling technology for enterprise (e.g., customer care centers or company meetings), and consumer (e.g., entertainment, mobile, car, robot, or smart environments) applications and outlines the key research areas. Provides a unique source of distilled information on methods for computer modeling of semantic information in human/machine and human/human conversations. This book can be successfully used for graduate courses in electronics engineering, computer science or computational linguistics. Moreover, technologists interested in processing spoken communications will find it a useful source of collated information of the topic drawn from the two distinct disciplines of speech processing and language processing under the new area of SLU.

The Conversational Interface

Author: Michael McTear
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319329677
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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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 wearable, 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 discusses the role of emotion and personality in the conversational interface. Part IV examines methods for evaluating conversational interfaces and discusses future directions.

Advances in Speech and Language Technologies for Iberian Languages

Author: Alberto Abad
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319491695
Format: PDF
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This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the IberSPEECH 2016 Conference, held in Lisbon, Portugal, in November 2016. The 27 papers presented were carefully reviewed and selected from 48 submissions. The selected articles in this volume are organized into four different topics: Speech Production, Analysis, Coding and Synthesis; Automatic Speech Recognition; Paralinguistic Speaker Trait Characterization; Speech and Language Technologies in Different Application Fields

Advances in Speech and Language Technologies for Iberian Languages

Author: Doroteo T. Toledano
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3642352928
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This volume constitutes the refereed proceedings of the Spanish Conference, IberSPEECH 2012: Joint VII “Jornadas en Tecnología del Habla” and III Iberian SLTech Workshop, held in Madrid, Spain, in November 21-23, 2012. The 29 revised papers were carefully reviewed and selected from 80 submissions. The papers are organized in topical sections on speaker characterization and recognition; audio and speech segmentation; pathology detection and speech characterization; dialogue and multimodal systems; robustness in automatic speech recognition; applications of speech and language technologies.

Crowdsourcing for Speech Processing

Author: Maxine Eskenazi
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118541251
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Provides an insightful and practical introduction to crowdsourcing as a means of rapidly processing speech data Intended for those who want to get started in the domain and learn how to set up a task, what interfaces are available, how to assess the work, etc. as well as for those who already have used crowdsourcing and want to create better tasks and obtain better assessments of the work of the crowd. It will include screenshots to show examples of good and poor interfaces; examples of case studies in speech processing tasks, going through the task creation process, reviewing options in the interface, in the choice of medium (MTurk or other) and explaining choices, etc. Provides an insightful and practical introduction to crowdsourcing as a means of rapidly processing speech data. Addresses important aspects of this new technique that should be mastered before attempting a crowdsourcing application. Offers speech researchers the hope that they can spend much less time dealing with the data gathering/annotation bottleneck, leaving them to focus on the scientific issues. Readers will directly benefit from the book’s successful examples of how crowd- sourcing was implemented for speech processing, discussions of interface and processing choices that worked and choices that didn’t, and guidelines on how to play and record speech over the internet, how to design tasks, and how to assess workers. Essential reading for researchers and practitioners in speech research groups involved in speech processing

Pattern Recognition in Speech and Language Processing

Author: Wu Chou
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 9780203010525
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Over the last 20 years, approaches to designing speech and language processing algorithms have moved from methods based on linguistics and speech science to data-driven pattern recognition techniques. These techniques have been the focus of intense, fast-moving research and have contributed to significant advances in this field. Pattern Recognition in Speech and Language Processing offers a systematic, up-to-date presentation of these recent developments. It begins with the fundamentals and recent theoretical advances in pattern recognition, with emphasis on classifier design criteria and optimization procedures. The focus then shifts to the application of these techniques to speech processing, with chapters exploring advances in applying pattern recognition to real speech and audio processing systems. The final section of the book examines topics related to pattern recognition in language processing: topics that represent promising new trends with direct impact on information processing systems for the Web, broadcast news, and other content-rich information resources. Each self-contained chapter includes figures, tables, diagrams, and references. The collective effort of experts at the forefront of the field, Pattern Recognition in Speech and Language Processing offers in-depth, insightful discussions on new developments and contains a wealth of information integral to the further development of human-machine communications.

Advances in Chinese Spoken Language Processing

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Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 9812772960
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After decades of research activity, Chinese spoken language processing (CSLP) has advanced considerably both in practical technology and theoretical discovery. In this book, the editors provide both an introduction to the field as well as unique research problems with their solutions in various areas of CSLP. The contributions represent pioneering efforts ranging from CSLP principles to technologies and applications, with each chapter encapsulating a single problem and its solutions.A commemorative volume for the 10th anniversary of the international symposium on CSLP in Singapore, this is a valuable reference for established researchers and an excellent introduction for those interested in the area of CSLP.

Proactive Spoken Dialogue Interaction in Multi Party Environments

Author: Petra-Maria Strauß
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1441959920
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Proactive Spoken Dialogue Interaction in Multi-Party Environments describes spoken dialogue systems that act as independent dialogue partners in the conversation with and between users. The resulting novel characteristics such as proactiveness and multi-party capabilities pose new challenges on the dialogue management component of such a system and require the use and administration of an extensive dialogue history. In order to assist the proactive spoken dialogue systems development, a comprehensive data collection seems mandatory and may be performed in a Wizard-of-Oz environment. Such an environment builds also the appropriate basis for an extensive usability and acceptance evaluation. Proactive Spoken Dialogue Interaction in Multi-Party Environments is a useful reference for students and researchers in speech processing.

Spoken Language Processing

Author: Xuedong Huang
Publisher: Prentice Hall
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New advances in spoken language processing: theory and practice In-depth coverage of speech processing, speech recognition, speech synthesis, spoken language understanding, and speech interface design Many case studies from state-of-the-art systems, including examples from Microsoft's advanced research labs Spoken Language Processing draws on the latest advances and techniques from multiple fields: computer science, electrical engineering, acoustics, linguistics, mathematics, psychology, and beyond. Starting with the fundamentals, it presents all this and more: Essential background on speech production and perception, probability and information theory, and pattern recognition Extracting information from the speech signal: useful representations and practical compression solutions Modern speech recognition techniques: hidden Markov models, acoustic and language modeling, improving resistance to environmental noises, search algorithms, and large vocabulary speech recognition Text-to-speech: analyzing documents, pitch and duration controls; trainable synthesis, and more Spoken language understanding: dialog management, spoken language applications, and multimodal interfaces To illustrate the book's methods, the authors present detailed case studies based on state-of-the-art systems, including Microsoft's Whisper speech recognizer, Whistler text-to-speech system, Dr. Who dialog system, and the MiPad handheld device. Whether you're planning, designing, building, or purchasing spoken language technology, this is the state of the art--from algorithms through business productivity.