Voice Communication Between Humans and Machines

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Overview

Science fiction has long been populated with conversational computers and robots. Now, speech synthesis and recognition have matured to where a wide range of real-world applications--from serving people with disabilities to boosting the nation's competitiveness--are within our grasp.
Voice Communication Between Humans and Machines takes the first interdisciplinary look at what we know about voice processing, where our technologies stand, and what the future may hold for this fascinating field. The volume integrates theoretical, technical, and practical views from world-class experts at leading research centers around the world, reporting on the scientific bases behind human-machine voice communication, the state of the art in computerization, and progress in user friendliness. It offers an up-to-date treatment of technological progress in key areas: speech synthesis, speech recognition, and natural language understanding.
The book also explores the emergence of the voice processing industry and specific opportunities in telecommunications and other businesses, in military and government operations, and in assistance for the disabled. It outlines, as well, practical issues and research questions that must be resolved if machines are to become fellow problem-solvers along with humans.
Voice Communication Between Humans and Machines provides a comprehensive understanding of the field of voice processing for engineers, researchers, and business executives, as well as speech and hearing specialists, advocates for people with disabilities, faculty and students, and interested individuals.

Science fiction has long been populated with conversational computers and robots. Now, speech synthesis and recognition have matured to the point where a wide range of real-world applications are within our grasp. This book takes the first interdisciplinary look at what we know about voice processing, where our technologies stand, and what the future may hold for this fascinating field.

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Based on a colloquium on Human/Machine Communication by Voice, sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences, and held in February 1993, this volume examines the current understanding of voice processing in general, and speech synthesis, speech recognition, and natural language understanding specifically; discusses the technology and the applications of the technology in telecommunications, government and military, consumer areas, and aids for handicapped persons; and tries to both predict the future and provide a roadmap. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780309049887
  • Publisher: National Academies Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1994
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 6.35 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 1.59 (d)

Table of Contents

Dedication 1
Voice Communication Between Humans and Machines - An Introduction 5
Scientific Bases of Human-Machine Communication by Voice 15
The Role of Voice in Human-Machine Communication 34
Speech Communication - An Overview 76
Computer Speech Synthesis: Its Status and Prospects 107
Models of Speech Synthesis 116
Linguistic Aspects of Speech Synthesis 135
Speech Recognition Technology: A Critique 159
State of the Art in Continuous Speech Recognition 165
Training and Search Methods for Speech Recognition 199
The Roles of Language Processing in a Spoken Language Interface 217
Models of Natural Language Understanding 238
Integration of Speech with Natural Language Understanding 254
A Perspective on Early Commercial Applications of Voice-Processing Technology for Telecommunications and Aids for the Handicapped 275
Applications of Voice-Processing Technology in Telecommunications 280
Speech Processing for Physical and Sensory Disabilities 311
Commercial Applications of Speech Interface Technology: An Industry at the Threshold 347
Military and Government Applications of Human-Machine Communication by Voice 357
Deployment of Human-Machine Dialogue Systems 373
What Does Voice-Processing Technology Support Today? 390
User Interfaces for Voice Applications 422
Speech Technology in the Year 2001 445
Toward the Ultimate Synthesis/Recognition System 450
Speech Technology in 2001: New Research Directions 467
New Trends in Natural Language Processing: Statistical Natural Language Processing 482
The Future of Voice-Processing Technology in the World of Computers and Communications 505
Author Biographies 515
Index 525
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