[Univ of Cambridge]alt[Dept of Engineering]

MIL Speech Seminars 2006-2007

The MIL Speech Seminar series schedule for Lent Term 2007 is as follows:

10th March 2008 Blaise Thompson (MIL) Uncertainty and Learning in Spoken Human-Computer Dialogue In any spoken dialogue with a computer both speech recognition and semantic processing errors cause significant decreases in performance. Recent work has suggested the Partially Observable Markov Decision Process (POMDP) as a method for overcoming these difficulties. The POMDP model is able to capture the uncertainty inherent in dialogue and also provides a mechanism for the system to adapt and learn what to say in which situation. While effective on small problems the POMDP approach has struggled to scale to real world dialogues. This talk introduces an approach based on the POMDP model which does scale. Bayesian Networks are used to implement efficient belief updates and special function approximation techniques with gradient based learning provide an effective learning algorithm. Simulations show that the proposed framework outperforms standard techniques whenever errors increase