Augmenting Conversations Using Dual-Purpose Speech

Kent Lyons, Christopher Skeels, Thad Starner, Cornelis M. Snoeck, Benjam\in A. Wong, and Daniel Ashbrook.

Proceedings of UIST. Sante Fe, NM. October 2004.

Abstract: In this paper, we explore the concept of dual-purpose speech: speech that is socially appropriate in the context of a human-to-human conversation which also provides meaningful input to a computer. We motivate the use of dual-purpose speech and explore issues of privacy and technological challenges related to mobile speech recognition. We present three applications that utilize dual-purpose speech to assist a user in conversational tasks: the Calendar Navigator Agent, DialogTabs, and Speech Courier. The Calendar Navigator Agent navigates a user's calendar based on socially appropriate speech used while scheduling appointments. DialogTabs allows a user to postpone cognitive processing of conversational material by proving short-term capture of transient information. Finally, Speech Courier allows asynchronous delivery of relevant conversational information to a third party.

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