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Master thesis defence: Apostolos Apostolidis - Text-to-Speech News Article Reader on Talkamatic Dialog Manager

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Apostolos Apostolidis in the MLT programme will defend his master's thesis "Text-to-Speech News Article Reader on Talkamatic Dialog Manager".

This thesis describes the development of an automatic text-to-speech News Article Reader (NAR) on Talkamatic Dialog Manager (TDM). TDM is an issue-based dialog manager developed by Talkamatic and enables the building of complex multi-modal applications. NAR is an application that provides multi-modal access to news article abstracts, basic full article reading functions and a number of preference functionalities.

NAR was built by implementing specific dialogue design techniques and adapting them to enhance the intuitiveness and efficiency of the application. It is also examined as a demonstration on how TDM's strongest features can enhance application development and how its current limitations can be overcome. Additionally, it serves as a proving ground for a stream ranking algorithm that was adapted from the Reddit one to better meet NAR's requirements. Lastly, a reflection is made on the application's usability, based on results of a number of small evaluation sessions.

Supervisors: Peter Ljunglöf and Alexander Berman
Opponent: Rajsekhar Iyer
Examiner: Torbjörn Lager

Date: 2013-05-30 15:45 - 16:45

Location: T219, Olof Wijksgatan 6

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