Usability of Speech Dialog Systems

Listening to the Target Audience

  • Thomas Hempel

Part of the Signals and Commmunication Technologies book series (SCT)

About this book


Even economically successful automatic speech dialog systems often enough gain bad reputation in public opinion. Although from a technical point of view this judgment may seem unjustified because of the technical maturing process in recent years. However, this book is based on the fact that it is the users’ judgments that is the final measure regarding usability and acceptance of any speech dialog system.

It is the aim of this book to share views from experts from industry and academia who look a step ahead, providing their strategies and approaches for the future of user-friendly speech dialog systems.

Contributions spotlight issues such as automatic user classification, uncovering users’ interaction schemes, speech interaction as part of multimodal user interfaces, relation of subjective and objective data, and the role of voice and style in designing a brand specific acoustic appearance


Criteria for Designing and Evaluating Human-Machine Interaction Voice User Interfaces classification communication optimization signal processing speech recognition spoken dialogue system usability user interface

Authors and affiliations

  • Thomas Hempel
    • 1
  1. 1.Software Portfolio & Product ManagementUser Interface Design Siemens Audiologische Technik GmbHErlangenGermany

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