David Traum: “Approaches to Dialogue Systems and Dialogue Management”

January 23, 2012 | Tarragona, Spain

Speaker: David Traum
Host: 2012 International Winter School in Language and Speech Technologies (WSLST 2012)

This introductory course will present an overview of some of the most popular current approaches to dialogue system organization. In the first lecture, we will briefly survey some prominent dialogue domains and systems to engage in dialogue within those domains. We will go over the different functional components of a dialogue system and some different approaches to provide that functionality. In the remaining lectures, we will focus on the dialogue management component, and discuss different approaches to dialogue manager construction, including initiative-response techniques, Information Retrieval-inspired techniques, finite state systems, frame based, plan- and agent-based, and information-state based methods. Included will be demonstrations of some representative systems and dialogue system toolkits.