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PORTDIAL - Language Resources for Portable Multilingual Spoken Dialogue Systems

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  • CORDIS - PROJECTS 01/06/2012
  • RISULTATO

Speech services are becoming an increasingly important market segment for Europe's SMEs. A major roadblock in producing low-cost high-quality spoken dialogue system (SDS) applications is the lack of linguistic resources that will enable the porting of SDS to new domains or languages. Currently, porting spoken dialogue systems to new domains is time-consuming, requires expertise in language engineering and iterative tuning. Although by now mature technologies exist that can facilitate SDS porting to new domains, e.g., ontology enrichment, linking text data to ontologies, automatic grammar induction, these technologies have not penetrated through to commercial systems yet. In PortDial, we bring together European SMEs that are developing state-of-the-art spoken dialogue systems and the handcrafted semantic components underlying such systems with research institutions at the forefront of progress in the automatic creation or enrichment of semantic language resources. Together with the commercial partners, we have identified a list of mature technologies that can help automate (or machine-assist) the process for the creation of SDS concepts, services and grammars. PortDial will result in: 1) a commercial platform for quick prototyping of interactive spoken dialogue applications to new domains and languages; 2) the corresponding multilingual collections of concepts-services-grammars for specific application domains (marketed separately); 3) a multilingual linked-data ontological corpus that can be freely used for spoken dialogue research and prototyping for non-commercial purposes. The resulting platform will reduce the effort for prototyping new application domains by up to 30%, and up to 50% for porting the application to new languages. The SDS linguistic resources will lower the barrier to entry for European SMEs to SDS technologies, allowing for inexpensive proof-of-concept demonstrator development, opening up new markets and application domains.


Start date: 2012-06-01
End date: 2014-05-31

Duration: 24 months

Project Reference: 296170

Project cost: 2462420 EURO
Project Funding: 1874041 EURO

Subprogramme Area: SME initiative on Digital Content and Languages
Contract type: Collaborative project (generic)


Coordinatore: TELECOMMUNICATION SYSTEMS INSTITUTE (HELLAS) - Alexandros POTAMIANOS (Professor)

Altri Partecipanti

  • UNIVERSITAET BIELEFELD - (DEUTSCHLAND)
  • UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRENTO - (ITALIA)
  • EXPERT SYSTEM S.P.A. - (ITALIA)
  • VOICE WEB ANONYMOS ETAIRIA PAROCHIS PLIROFORION KAI ANAPTYXIS FONITIKON TECHNOLOGION - (HELLAS)
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Quadro di finanziamento
  • 7FP-ICT : TECNOLOGIE DELL’INFORMAZIONE E DELLA COMUNICAZIONE: priorità tematica 3 nell'ambito del programma specifico “Cooperazione” recante attuazione del Settimo programma quadro (2007-2013) di attività comunitarie di ricerca, sviluppo tecnologico e dimostrazione
Area di interesse
  • Unione Europea