Spoken Dialog Planning to Reduce User Distraction in Mobile Environments

This project proposes to explore dialog strategies that can be employed by conversational human-machine interfaces to minimize user distraction in driving or pedestrian scenarios. The project proposes to develop and evaluate dialog strategies that pay attention to contextual information available from the vehicle or smartphone to learn effective strategies for interacting with the user. If successful, these methods will enable the user to more effectively pace the flow of the interaction, resulting in less distraction from their primary cognitive task. The project will evaluate these mechanisms in the context of a sophisticated conversational interface in both a driving simulator and in a pedestrian navigation through the Massachusetts Avenue Living Laboratory.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $130000.00
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    Department of Transportation
    1200 New Jersey Avneue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Performing Organizations:

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

    77 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02139
  • Start Date: 20120101
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20160131
  • Source Data: RiP Project 33362

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01489804
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: New England University Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC01, MITR24-4
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Aug 15 2013 1:02AM