Conference Paper A Spoken Dialog System with Redundant Response to Prevent User Misunderstanding

Yamaoka, Masaki  ,  Hara, Sunao  ,  Abe, Masanobu

We propose a spoken dialog strategy for car navigation systems to facilitate safe driving. To drive safely, drivers need to concentrate on their driving; however, their concentration may be disrupted due to disagreement with their spoken dialog system. Therefore, we need to solve the problems of user misunderstandings as well as misunderstanding of spoken dialog systems. For this purpose, we introduced a driver workload level in spoken dialog management in order to prevent user misunderstandings. A key strategy of the dialog management is to make speech redundant if the driver’s workload is too high in assuming that the user probably misunderstand the system utterance under such a condition. An experiment was conducted to compare performances of the proposed method and a conventional method using a user simulator. The simulator is developed under the assumption of two types of drivers: an experienced driver model and a novice driver model. Experimental results showed that the proposed strategies achieved better performance than the conventional one for task completion time, task completion rate, and user’s positive speech rate. In particular, these performance differences are greater for novice users than for experienced users.

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