Dialogues with a Talking face for Web-based Services and Transactions

Joris Hulstijn, Anton Nijholt, Hendri Hondorp, Mathieu van den Berk, Arjan van Hessen

Abstract

In this paper we discuss our research on interactions in a virtual theatre that has been built using VRML and therefore can be accessed through Web pages. In the virtual environment we employ several agents. The virtual theatre allows navigation input through keyboard and mouse, but there is also a navigation agent which listens to typed input and spoken commands. Feedback of the system is given using speech synthesis. We also have an information agent which allows a natural language dialogue with the system where the input is keyboard-driven and the output is both with tables as with template driven natural language generation. In development are several talking faces for the different agents in the virtual world. At this moment an avatar with a cartoon-like talking face driven by a text-to-speech synthesizer can provide users with information about performances in the theatre.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
StatePublished - Mar 1999

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Navigation
Speech synthesis
Virtual reality
Websites
Feedback

Keywords

  • HMI-VRG: Virtual Reality and Graphics
  • IR-18160
  • METIS-118680
  • EWI-8558

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Hulstijn, Joris; Nijholt, Anton; Hondorp, Hendri; van den Berk, Mathieu; van Hessen, Arjan / Dialogues with a Talking face for Web-based Services and Transactions.

1999.

Research output: ProfessionalWorking paper

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1999.

Research output: ProfessionalWorking paper

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