Improved Spoken-Language Understanding

Principal investigators:
John Dowding (
Ananth Sankar (
"Combining Linguistic and Statistical Technology for Improved Spoken Language Understanding," is the current in a series of DARPA-funded research projects at SRI International with the goal of creating technology for understanding spontaneous spoken natural language. This technology combines speech recognition (determining what sequence of words has been spoken) with natural-language understanding (determining what a given sequence of words means). Specific goals are to improve the accuracy, robustness, generality, and speed of spoken-language understanding systems; to reduce the effort required to port to new applications; and to apply spoken-language understanding technology to real problems of military and commercial interest. Work under the project encompasses This project is a joint effort of SRI's Artificial Intelligence Center and Speech Technology and Research Laboratory.

Recent Accomplishments

FY 1998 Plans