Interaction Builder: A Rapid Prototyping Tool for Developing Web-Based MMI Applications

Kouichi KATSURADA  Hiroaki ADACHI  Kunitoshi SATO  Hirobumi YAMADA  Tsuneo NITTA  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E88-D   No.11   pp.2461-2468
Publication Date: 2005/11/01
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DOI: 10.1093/ietisy/e88-d.11.2461
Print ISSN: 0916-8532
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Life-like Agent and its Communication)
multi-modal interaction,  rapid prototyping tool,  interaction builder,  XISL,  

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We have developed Interaction Builder (IB), a rapid prototyping tool for constructing web-based Multi-Modal Interaction (MMI) applications. The goal of IB is making it easy to develop MMI applications with speech recognition, life-like agents, speech synthesis, web browsing, etc. For this purpose, IB supports the following interface and functions: (1) GUI for implementing MMI systems without the details of MMI and MMI description language, (2) functionalities of handling synchronized multimodal inputs/outputs, (3) a test run mode for run-time testing. The results of evaluation tests showed that the application development cycle using IB was significantly shortened in comparison with the time using a text editor both for MMI description language experts and for beginners.