OpenDial is a Java-based, domain-independent toolkit
for developing spoken dialogue systems. OpenDial was originally designed to perform dialogue management tasks, but it can also be
used to build full-fledged dialogue systems, integrating e.g.
speech recognition, language understanding, generation, speech
synthesis, multimodal processing and situation awareness.
The purpose of OpenDial is to combine the benefits of
logical and statistical approaches to dialogue modelling. The toolkit relies on probabilistic rules to represent
the domain models in a compact and
human-readable format. Supervised or reinforcement learning techniques can be applied to estimate unknown parameters from small amounts of data (see Lison (2014)
for details). The hybrid approach adopted by OpenDial makes it possible
to easy incorporate expert knowledge and domain-specific
constraints within a robust, probabilistic framework.
OpenDial is designed as a
blackboard architecture in which all modules are connected to a
central information hub representing the dialogue state (encoded as a Bayesian Network). A collection of plugins
is available to connect external components for speech recognition,
parsing, speech synthesis, etc.. New modules can also be easily
implemented and integrated into the architecture.
The toolkit has been originally developed by the Language Technology Group of the University of Oslo (Norway), with Pierre Lison as main developer.
|[05.04.2016] ||New release: version 1.5 of OpenDial! The new version includes new functionalities such as the support for custom functions and the ability to directly manipulate relational structures - such as dependency trees or hierarchical tasks - in the probabilistic rules. |
|[17.07.2015] ||Version 1.4 of OpenDial is out! It includes an interactive domain editor to easily design and evaluate dialogue domains. The build framework is also switched to Gradle.|
||A new release of OpenDial (version 1.3) is available. The release includes bug fixes, performance improvements and new functionalities (such as Voice Activity Recognition).
||Due to Google Code's shutdown, the OpenDial toolkit has migrated to a new website: http://opendial-toolkit.net, while the code repository is moved to GitHub.
||The version 1.1 of OpenDial is out! See the release notes to know more about the latest upgrades and extensions. One important change is the switch to Java 8.
||An updated version (0.95) of OpenDial is now released! One can now connect various plugins into the architecture. There is also basic support for incremental processing.
to watch OpenDial deployed in a situated
dialogue system for human-robot interaction (using the Nao robot as
||Version 0.9 of OpenDial is
finally available! The version contains a refactored and
documented code base, an improved graphical interface, concrete
examples of dialogue domains, and a collection of unit tests.
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