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Dialogue systems

Master’s level
7,5 credits (ECTS)
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Full education cost: 16 750 SEK
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 A dialogue system (or a conversational agent) is a computer system that can have a dialogue with a human user.

A dialogue system consists of at least three modules: a module for the production of synthetic speech, a module for the recognition of human speech and a module for the dialogue management. The lectures will treat the speech technology components as "black boxes" and spend most of the time on theories behind dialogue management and how to combine components into usable systems. These theories will also be connected to theories of human-human dialogue and to concepts such as dialogue structure, turn-taking and feedback. 

The course lectures will also discuss important standards in the field such as the W3C recommendations "Speech Recognition Grammar Specification" (SRGS), "Semantic Interpretation for Speech Recognition" (SISR), "Speech Synthesis Markup Language" (SSML) and "VoiceXML", "State Chart XML" (SCXML). Time will also be spent on introducing good and proven methodology to design dialogue systems. 

The course is primarily a laboratory course and participants, assisted by their teacher, are expected to spend much of their time experimenting with speech synthesis/speech recognition and to design, implement and evaluate simple dialogue systems.

The programme is given at the Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science (FLoV). Link to pages about the department.

Prerequisites and selection


Admission to the course requires passing grade in each of the two courses: Introduction to programming, 7.5 credits Introduction to formal linguistics, 7.5 credits or equivalent language technology skills and knowledge.


Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 225 credits.

For admission to the summer 2021 and onward the following selection applies: selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 165 credits.