Conversational Computer Systems

Diagram comparing the word boundary relationships among the similar utterances 'hurtful tanks,' 'heartfelt thanks,' 'her felt hankies,' and 'he artfully banks.'

In speech recognition, different sequences of words could match an utterance; each sequence implies different word boundaries in the input utterance. See chapter 7 in the course text for more details on this example. (Image by Christopher Schmandt.)


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Fall 2008



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This class explores interaction with mobile computing systems and telephones by voice, including speech synthesis, recognition, digital recording, and browsing recorded speech. Emphasis on human interface design issues and interaction techniques appropriate for cognitive requirements of speech. Topics include human speech production and perception, speech recognition and text-to-speech algorithms, telephone networks, and spatial and time-compressed listening. Extensive reading from current research literature.

Christopher Schmandt. MAS.632 Conversational Computer Systems, Fall 2008. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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