PARLANCE is a three-year FP7 EC-funded research project that aims to design and build mobile applications that approach human performance in conversational interaction.
Current search engines work well only if the user has a single search goal and does not have multiple trade-offs to explore. For example, standard search works well if you want to know the phone number of a specific business but poorly if you are looking for a house with several different search criteria of varying importance, e.g. number of bedrooms versus bathrooms versus price etc. The latter requires the user to collaborate conversationally over several turns.
To approach human performance requires interactional skills, which include recognising and generating conversational speech incrementally in real-time, adapting to new concepts without manual intervention, and personalising interaction. All of these skills will be learned or adapted using real data, and will be used to build systems for interactive hyper-local search in a number of languages.
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|PARLANCE is supported by the EU Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), grant number 287615|