Mobile systems and methods for responding to natural language speech utterance

  • US 7,693,720 B2
  • Filed: 07/15/2003
  • Issued: 04/06/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/15/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A mobile system responsive to a user generated natural language speech utterance, comprising:

  • a speech unit connected to a computer device on a vehicle, wherein the speech unit receives a natural language speech utterance from a user and converts the received natural language speech utterance into an electronic signal; and

    a natural language speech processing system connected to the computer device on the vehicle, wherein the natural language speech processing system receives, processes, and responds to the electronic signal using data received from a plurality of domain agents, wherein the natural language speech processing system includes;

    a speech recognition engine that recognizes at least one of words or phrases from the electronic signal using at least the data received from the plurality of domain agents, wherein the data used by the speech recognition engine includes a plurality of dictionary and phrase entries that are dynamically updated based on at least a history of a current dialog and one or more prior dialogs associated with the user;

    a parser that interprets the recognized words or phrases, wherein the parser uses at least the data received from the plurality of domain agents to interpret the recognized words or phrases, wherein the parser interprets the recognized words or phrases by;

    determining a context for the natural language speech utterance;

    selecting at least one of the plurality of domain agents based on the determined context; and

    transforming the recognized words or phrases into at least one of a question or a command, wherein the at least one question or command is formulated in a grammar that the selected domain agent uses to process the formulated question or command; and

    an agent architecture that communicatively couples services of each of an agent manager, a system agent, the plurality of domain agents, and an agent library that includes one or more utilities that can be used by the system agent and the plurality of domain agents, wherein the selected domain agent uses the communicatively coupled services to create a response to the formulated question or command and format the response for presentation to the user.

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