LREC 2000 2nd International Conference on Language Resources & Evaluation

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Title MDWOZ: A Wizard of Oz Environment for Dialog Systems Development
Authors Munteanu Cosmin (Computer Science Department, ”Politehnica” University of Timişoara, Bd. V. Pârvan 2, Timişoara 1900, Romania, fcosmin,
Boldea Marian (Politehnica University of Timisoara, Vasile Parvan 2, 1900 Timisoara, Romania,
Keywords Data Collection, Development Environment, Dialog Interaction Model, Spoken Dialog Systems, Wizard of Oz Simulation
Session Session SP4 - Tools for Evaluation and Processing of Spoken Language Resources
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Abstract This paper describes MDWOZ, a development environment for spoken dialog systems based on the Wizard of Oz technique, whose main goal is to facilitate data collection (speech signal and dialog related information) and interaction model building. Both these tasks can be quite difficult, and such an environment can facilitate them very much. Due to the modular way in which MDWOZ was implemented, it is possible to reuse parts of it in the final dialog system. The environment provides language-transparent facilities and accessible methods such that even non-computing specialists can participate in spoken dialog systems development. The main features of the environment are presented, together with some test experiments.