Language-Based Interfaces and Their Application for Cultural Tourism

  • Oliviero Stock


Language processing has a large practical potential in intelligent interfaces if we take into account multiple modalities of communication. Multi-modality refers to the perception of different coordinated media used in delivering a message as well as the combination of various attitudes in relation to communication. In particular, the integration of natural language processing and hypermedia allows each modality to overcome the constraints of the other, resulting in a novel class of integrated environments for complex exploration and information access. Information presentation is a key element of such environments; generation techniques can contribute to their quality by producing texts ex novo or flexibly adapting existing material to the current situation. A great opportunity arises for intelligent interfaces and language technology of this kind to play an important role for individual-oriented cultural tourism. In the article, reference is made to some prototypes developed at IRST that were conceived for this specific area. A recent project concentrated on the combination of two forms of navigation taking place at the same time -- one in information space, the other in physical space. Collaboration, an important topic for intelligent interfaces, is also discussed.