Selection of optimum vocabulary and dialog strategy for noise-robust spoken dialog systems

Akinori Ito, Takanobu Oba, Takashi Konashi, Motoyuki Suzuki, Shozo Makino

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Speech recognition in a noisy environment is one of the hottest topics in the speech recognition research. Noise-tolerant acoustic models or noise reduction techniques are often used to improve recognition accuracy. In this paper, we propose a method to improve accuracy of spoken dialog system from a language model point of view. In the proposed method, the dialog system automatically changes its language model and dialog strategy according to the estimated recognition accuracy in a noisy environment in order to keep the performance of the system high. In a noise-free environment, the system accepts any utterance from a user. On the other hand, the system restricts its grammar and vocabulary in a noisy environment. To realize this strategy, we investigated a method to avoid the user's out-of-grammar utterances through an instruction given by the system to a user. Furthermore, we developed a method to estimate recognition accuracy from features extracted from noise signals. Finally, we realized a proposed dialog system according to these investigations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)538-548
Number of pages11
JournalIEICE Transactions on Information and Systems
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Mar


  • Dialog strategy
  • Neural network
  • Noisy environment
  • Speech recognition
  • Spoken dialog system


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