A voice assistant application in the shipping container industry

A reachstacker vehicle moving a shipping container, in an intermodal terminal (source).

Voice assistants, for consumers at home, are nowadays taken for granted, but there is a huge space…

Another factor that defines a context unit of a conversation, often underrated, is the TIMING of turn-taking.

That's especially true for a real-word real-time assistant as (your) Chris navigator.

I think TIMING (mainly the human utterances time distribution) is an important attribute to be added to the list. For example if user say

Call Alicia

The bot could reply:

Shall I call Alicia A on her mobile?

Afterward a possible user silence could be managed with a reprompt or a default choice (the mobile phone) if the user do not answer in X seconds.

Or the conversation (and the domain contect) could terminate after Y seconds of silence in the middle of a turn-taking.

What do you think about it?


Thanks Duygu for the so interesting article!

Where I would read/know more about the concept of "Semanting Frames" you introduced?

Any suggestion is welcome!

BTW, that approach is very similar to what I call "dialog units" in my NaifJs opensource dialog manager:


Looking forward the context encoder architecture. A topic I thought a lot in past and I still not implemented in NaifJs.



Interview with Giovanni Campagna, one of the Almond principal developers

From the left: Jackie Yang, Michael Fischer, Giovanni Campagna, Silei Xu, Mehrad Moradshahi, in foreground Prof. Monica Lam. Photo by Brian Flaherty (https://www.instagram.com/brianflaherty/)

I learned of Almond, the Stanford University open virtual assistant, for the first time one year ago reading an article on voicebot.ai.
I have been immediately enthusiastic about the core concepts on which the project is based: the user’s data privacy, the need of a web based on linguistic user…

Some reasons why I’m developing a Telegram chatbot, giving up to develop an Alexa or Google Assistant application.

Students of Italian language at CPIA courses (Italian public adult schools). source

My change requests to enhance Alexa programming model with dialog state management support

In this article I want to deepen a typical problem when developing a not trivial Alexa skill, as a complex task-completion workflow or a well-structured voicefirst game: the need of a state management framework supporting developers to manage multi-turn conversations contexts.

The need of a dialog “state management” is a…

A terminology survey for (voicefirst) bot makers

Illustration by Max Bode. Source: https://www.technologyreview.com/s/601897/tougher-turing-test-exposes-chatbots-stupidity/

Recently I started my new job as researcher at ITD-CNR, the Institute of Educational Technology, part of the Italian National Research Council. The goal of research team to which I belong is to realize chatbots/voice assistant applications in order to support Italian language…

Le applicazioni per smartspeaker possono aiutare le persone anziane a non sentirsi sole?

Nella foto, tra i due anziani, uno smartspeaker Amazon Echo. Fonte: https://khn.org/news/new-technologies-help-seniors-age-in-place-and-not-feel-alone/

L’anno scorso, qualche mattacchione mise su youtube un video in cui veniva presentato Amazon Echo Silver, fantomatica versione e parodia del vero prodotto Amazon Echo, specificamente studiato per le persone anziane.

Un’introduzione allo sviluppo di applicazioni audio su Amazon Alexa e Google Assistant

Amazon Echo Dot (generazione 2) e Google Home Mini, in test sulla mia scrivania.

Primi botta-risposta con Google Home Mini in lingua italiana

fonte immagine

Posseggo da una settimana un Google Home Mini (che in casa chiamiamo confidenzialmente “il sasso parlante”), nella versione commercializzata in Italia, ovvero in lingua italiana.

Riporto qui qualche considerazione sulle prime prove di utilizzo, un poco deludenti ma al contempo anche sorprendentemente emozionanti, ammetto, anticipando una temporanea conclusione.

Giorgio Robino

Conversational AI technical lead at @almawave. Working now on healthcare multimodal assistants. In past, as researcher at ITD-CNR, I built CPIAbot.

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