Paper: A Dialogue Manager Using Initiative-Response Units And Distributed Control

ACL ID E91-1041
Title A Dialogue Manager Using Initiative-Response Units And Distributed Control
Venue Annual Meeting of The European Chapter of The Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1991
Authors

This paper describes a system for managing: dialogue in a natural language interface. The proposed approach uses a dialogue manager as the overall control mecha- nism. The dialogue manager accesses domain independ- ent resources for interpretation, generation and back- ground system access. It also uses information from do- main dependent knowledge sources, which are custom- ized for various applications. Instead of using complex plan-based reasoning, the dialogue manager uses information about possible inter- action structures and information from the specific dia- logue situation to manage the dialogue. This is motivated from the analysis of a series of experiments where users interacted with a simulated natural language interface. The dialogue manager integrates information about segmen...