June 12, 2006
UARC researchers publish book on speech
Beth Ann Hockey, a visiting professor of linguistics, has coauthored
a book on the Regulus grammar compiler, an open-source software
toolkit that her research group has helped develop.
Hockey, a researcher at the University Affiliated Research
Center (UARC) at NASA Ames, leads the Clarissa project to develop
an advanced spoken-dialogue system for NASA. Clarissa, which
was tested by astronauts on the International Space Station
last year (see earlier story),
is one of several major speech-recognition projects to make
use of Regulus.
Hockey's coauthors on the new book, Putting Linguistics
into Speech Recognition: The Regulus Grammar Compiler (CSLI
Publications, 2006), are Manny Raymer, who also works on the
Clarissa project at NASA Ames, and Pierrette Bouillon, project
lead on the MedSLT medical speech translator project at Geneva
The authors will attend a book-signing event on Saturday, June
17, at 5 p.m. at Leigh's Favorite Books, 121 South Murphy Avenue,
in Sunnyvale, (408) 736-2665.
"It's unusual to have a signing for an academic book,
but our local bookstore thought it was a cool idea, and so did
we, so it should be a rare and interesting event," Hockey