M. Sc. Patricia Kittel


PhD Thesis

Embedded Aigaion Query

Research Interests

In the area of automotive spoken dialog systems (SDS), my research interests lie in dealing with natural language user input, that is designing and evaluating systems which are intended to interpret all utterances that are associated with a specific semantic meaning.

Since technical progress in recent years has changed user expectations about automotive spoken dialog systems, developers are moving away from command and control towards a more natural style of communication. A more natural style of communication presupposes understanding all utterances which are associated with a specific semantic meaning. Since natural language is characterized by a great variability a limited amount of possible user utterances becomes an unlimited amount. Current development processes must be therefore adjusted to the new requirements such as the need for a great amount of data, different evaluation metrics and evaluation criteria. To accomplish this, I am interested in how people speak towards spoken dialog systems, in data eliciting and processing methods and natural language understanding evaluation metrics.


Embedded Aigaion Query 2018

M. Schmidt and P. Braunger
A Survey on Different Means of Personalized Dialog Output for an Adaptive Personal Assistant
Adjunct Publication of the 26th Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization, pp. 75--81, 2018

M. Schmidt and P. Braunger
Towards a Speaking Style-Adaptive Assistant for Task-Oriented Applications
Studientexte zur Sprachkommunikation: Elektronische Sprachsignalverarbeitung 2018, TUDpress, Dresden, pp. 143--150, 2018


P. Braunger, W. Maier, J. Wessling and S. Werner
Natural Language Input for In-Car Spoken Dialog Systems: How Natural is Natural?
Proceedings of the 18th Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue (SIGDIAL), 2017


P. Braunger, H. Hofmann, S. Werner and M. Schmidt
A Comparative Analysis of Crowdsourced Natural Language Corpora for Spoken Dialog Systems
Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC), European Language Resources Association (ELRA), Portoro\v{z}, Slovenia, 2016


P. Braunger, H. Hofmann, S. Werner and B. Larochelle
Requirements and Challenges of In-Vehicle Spoken Dialog Systems Specification from an Industrial Viewpoint
Proceedings of the EICS Workshop on Engineering Interactive Systems with SCXML, 2015

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Dr. rer. nat. Patricia Kittel

Patricia Kittel
Dr. rer. nat. Patricia Kittel
Graduation Date: 15.07.2022
First Employment: Daimler, Germany