Paper: Interpretation of Partial Utterances in Virtual Human Dialogue Systems

ACL ID N10-2009
Title Interpretation of Partial Utterances in Virtual Human Dialogue Systems
Venue Human Language Technologies
Session System Demonstration
Year 2010
Authors

Dialogue systems typically follow a rigid pace of interaction where the system waits until the user has finished speaking before producing a response. Interpreting user utterances be- fore they are completed allows a system to display more sophisticated conversational be- havior, such as rapid turn-taking and appropri- ate use of backchannels and interruptions. We demonstrate a natural language understanding approach for partial utterances, and its use in a virtual human dialogue system that can often complete a user’s utterances in real time.