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Title: Interactive Multi-modal Question-Answering
Written By: Gosse Bouma
Antal P van den Bosch
URL: http://www.springer.com/computer/information+systems+and+applications/book/978-3-642-17524-4
Series Title: Theory and Applications of Natural Language Processing
Description:

This book is the result of a group of researchers from different disciplines
asking themselves one question: what does it take to develop a computer
interface that listens, talks, and can answer questions in a domain? First,
obviously, it takes specialized modules for speech recognition and synthesis,
human interaction management (dialogue, input fusion, andmultimodal output
fusion), basic question understanding, and answer finding. While all modules
are researched as independent subfields, this book describes the
development of state-of-the-art modules and their integration into a single,
working application capable of answering medical (encyclopedic) questions
such as "How long is a person with measles contagious?" or "How can I
prevent RSI?".

The contributions in this book, which grew out of the IMIX project funded by
the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, document the
development of this system, but also address more general issues in natural
language processing, such as the development of multidimensional dialogue
systems, the acquisition of taxonomic knowledge from text, answer fusion,
sequence processing for domain-specific entity recognition, and syntactic
parsing for question answering. Together, they offer an overview of the most
important findings and lessons learned in the scope of the IMIX project,
making the book of interest to both academic and commercial developers of
human-machine interaction systems in Dutch or any other language.

Highlights include: integrating multi-modal input fusion in dialogue
management (Van Schooten and Op den Akker), state-of-the-art approaches
to the extraction of term variants (Van der Plas, Tiedemann, and Fahmi;
Tjong Kim Sang, Hofmann, and De Rijke), and multi-modal answer fusion
(two chapters by Van Hooijdonk, Bosma, Krahmer, Maes, Theune, and
Marsi).

Watch the IMIX movie at www.nwo.nl/imix-film .

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Springer
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Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Dutch
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Versions:
Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9783642175251
Pages: 294
 
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9783642175244
Pages: 294
Prices: Europe EURO 96.25