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Adaptable dialogue architecture and runtime engine (AdaRTE): A framework for rapid prototyping of health dialog systems

Lina Maria Rojas Barahona 1 Toni Giorgino 2 
1 TALARIS - Natural Language Processing: representation, inference and semantics
Inria Nancy - Grand Est, LORIA - Laboratoire Lorrain de Recherche en Informatique et ses Applications
Abstract : Spoken dialog systems have been increasingly employed to provide ubiquitous access via telephone to information and services for the non-Internet-connected public. They have been successfully applied in the health care context; however, speech technology requires a considerable development investment. The advent of VoiceXML reduced the proliferation of incompatible dialog formalisms, at the expense of adding even more complexity. This paper introduces a novel architecture for dialogue representation and interpretation, AdaRTE, which allows developers to lay out dialog interactions through a high-level formalism, offering both declarative and procedural features. AdaRTE's aim is to provide a ground for deploying complex and adaptable dialogs whilst allowing experimentation and incremental adoption of innovative speech technologies. It enhances augmented transition networks with dynamic behavior, and drives multiple back-end realizers, including VoiceXML. It has been especially targeted to the health care context, because of the great scale and the need for reducing the barrier to a widespread adoption of dialog systems.
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Lina Maria Rojas Barahona, Toni Giorgino. Adaptable dialogue architecture and runtime engine (AdaRTE): A framework for rapid prototyping of health dialog systems. International Journal of Medical Informatics, Elsevier, 2009, MedInfo 2007 special issue, 78 (Supplement 1), pp.S56 - S68. ⟨10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2008.07.017⟩. ⟨inria-00519747⟩

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