COMMANDTALK

SPOKEN LANGUAGE INTERFACE TO THE LEATHERNET SYSTEM

GOAL

Battlefield simulation is an area of growing importance for all military services. Giving commanders a natural way to control simulated forces remains a challenge, however. SRI International is addressing this problem by developing CommandTalk, a spoken-language interface that will allow commanders to use natural, spoken English commands to control simulated forces. This technology will reduce costs by providing more efficient training and will improve readiness by providing more realistic training.

CHALLENGE

A mouse-and-menus interface, although easy to use for simple applications, is akward, slow and difficult to learn for complex command-and-control operations in battlefield simulation systems. Giving a single command to a simulated unit can require performing many mouse clicks and negotiating multiple levels of menus. Spoken language provides a faster, easier-to-learn and far more natural interface for commanders who are already used to giving verbal orders.

SOLUTION

CommandTalk is part of LeatherNet, an advanced simulation and training system being developed for the Marine Corps by NRaD. LeatherNet is based on ModSAF, or Modular Semi-Automated Forces, which lets commanders create and control entities on a simulated battlefield. LeatherNet combines LeatherNet has been installed at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California.

CommandTalk allows users to

TECHNOLOGY

The technologies in CommandTalk that enable human language interaction include

CONTACT


SRI International
John Dowding
333 Ravenswood Ave.
Menlo Park, CA 94025

(415) 859-5082 phone
(415) 859-3735 fax

Or email dowding@ai.sri.com


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