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Jönsson, A. (1991). A Dialogue Manager Using Initiative-Response Units and Distributed Control. Technical Report LiTH-IDA-R-91-03, Department of Computer and Information Science, Linköping University, Sweden. Also presented at the 5th Conference of the European Chapter of the ACL, Berlin, Germany, April 9-11, 1991. (bibtex),

Abstract: This paper describes a system for managing dialogue in a natural language interface. The proposed approach uses a dialogue manager as the overall control mechanism. The dialogue manager accesses domain independent resources for interpretation, generation and back-ground system access. It also uses information from domain dependent knowledge sources, which are customized for various applications. Instead of using complex plan-based reasoning, the dialogue manager uses information about possible interaction structures and information from the specific dialogue situation to manage the dialogue. This is motivated from the analysis of a series of experiments where users interacted with a simulated natural language interface. The dialogue manager integrates information about segment types and moves into a hierarchical dialogue tree. The dialogue tree is accessed through a scoreboard which uses exchangeable access functions. The control is distributed and the dialogue is directed from action plans in the nodes in the dialogue tree


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