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This paper describes a hands-free speech/sound recognition system developed and evaluated in the framework of the CompanionAble European Project. The system is intended to work continuously on a distant wireless microphone and detect not only vocal commands but also everyday life sounds. The proposed architecture and the description of each module are… (More)
Voice-based digital Assistants such as Apple's Siri and Google's Now are currently booming. Yet, despite their promise of being context-aware and adapted to a user's preferences and very distinct needs, truly personal assistants are still missing. In this paper we highlight some of the challenges in building personalized speech-operated assistive technology… (More)
We demonstrate dialogues with an autonomous android ERICA, who has an appearance like a human being. Currently, ERICA plays two social roles: a laboratory guide and a counselor. It is designed to follow the protocols of human dialogue to make the user comfortable: (1) having a chat before the main talk, (2) proac-tively asking questions, and (3) conveying… (More)
Wizard of Oz (WOZ) prototyping employs a human wizard to simulate anticipated functions of a future system. In Natural Language Processing this method is usually used to obtain early feedback on dialogue designs, to collect language corpora , or to explore interaction strategies. Yet, existing tools often require complex client-server configurations and… (More)
While natural language as an interaction modality is increasingly being accepted by users, remaining technological challenges still hinder its widespread employment. Tools that better support the design, development and improvement of these types of applications are required. This demo presents a prototyping framework for Spoken Dialog System (SDS) design… (More)
While Graphical User Interfaces (GUI) still represent the most common way of operating modern computing technology, Spoken Dialog Systems (SDS) have the potential to offer a more natural and intuitive mode of interaction. Even though some may say that existing speech recognition is neither reliable nor practical, the success of recent product releases such… (More)
We demonstrate an interactive conversation with an android named ERICA. In this demonstration the user can converse with ERICA on a number of topics. We demonstrate both the dialog management system and the eye gaze behavior of ERICA used for indicating attention and turn taking.