Paper: IR-NLI : An Expert Natural Language Interface To Online Data Bases

ACL ID A83-1005
Title IR-NLI : An Expert Natural Language Interface To Online Data Bases
Venue Applied Natural Language Processing Conference
Session Main Conference
Year 1983
Authors
  • Giovanni Guida (University of Udine, Udine Italy; Technical University of Milan, Milan Italy)
  • Carlo Tasso (University of Udine, Udine Italy; International Center for Mechanical Sciences, Udine Italy)

Constructing natural language interfaces to computer systems often requires achievment of ad- vanced reasoning and expert capabilities in addition to basic natural language understanding. In this pa- per the above issues are faced in the frame of an actual application concerning the design of a natu- ral language interface for the access to online in- formation retrieval systems. After a short discus - sion of the peculiarities of this application, which requires both natural language understanding and reasoning capabilities, the general architecture and fundamental design criteria of a system presently being developed at the University of Udine are then presented, The system, named IR-NLi, is aimed at al- lowing non-technical users to directly access through natural language the services ...