System, method, and article of manufacture for agent-based navigation in a speech-based data navigation system

  • US 6,523,061 B1
  • Filed: 06/30/2000
  • Issued: 02/18/2003
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/05/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method for utilizing agents for speech-based navigation of an electronic data source, comprising the steps of:

  • (a) receiving a spoken request for desired information from a user;

    (b) rendering an interpretation of the spoken request;

    (c) constructing a navigation query based upon the interpretation;

    (d) routing the navigation query to at least one agent, wherein the at least one agent utilizes the navigation query to select a portion of the electronic data source; and

    (e) invoking a user interface agent for outputting the selected portion of the electronic data source to the user, wherein a facilitator manages data flow among multiple agents and maintains a registration of each of said agents'"'"' capabilities.

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