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Acknowledgments I owe my thanks to a number of people, each of whom contributed in their own way towards this research and in the preparation of this document. First of all, I thank Prof. Aravind Joshi for his continued support during the period of this research. I have beneeted signiicantly from his deep insights and his passion for subtle details which(More)
The development of an intelligent user interface that supports multimodal access to multiple applications is a challenging task. In this paper we present a generic multimodal interface system where the user interacts with an anthropomorphic personalized interface agent using speech and natural gestures. The knowledge-based and uniform approach of SmartKom(More)
In this work we describe a large-scale extrinsic evaluation of automatic speech summarization technologies for meeting speech. The particular task is a decision audit, wherein a user must satisfy a complex information need, navigating several meetings in order to gain an understanding of how and why a given decision was made. We compare the usefulness of(More)
In this paper we describe the QuALiM Question Answering system which uses linguistic analysis of questions as well as candidate sentences in its answer finding process. To this end we have developed a rephrasing algorithm based on linguistic patterns that describe the structure of questions and candidate sentences and where precisely to find the answer in(More)