Defence Science and Technology Organisation

I joined the Human Systems Integration Group at DSTO in 2002 as a Senior Research Scientist, to lead a range of research projects in Interface Technology, and especially the use of language technologies.  In 2004, I established SARINA (Smart and Rapid INformation Access for C2), in which we looked particularly at multi-modality in dialogue systems (Andrews et al. 2006) and multi-lingual language processing (Estival, 2005). 

Previous projects included FOCAL, a semi-immersive virtual environment, in which I was directly responsible for the NLP part of the project, developing a spoken dialogue system with virtual characters (Estival et al., 2003; Estival et al., 20004; Paris et al. 2004). 

Under the Speech Technology umbrella, I managed the Language Translation project (Estival and Biggs 2002, 2003), in which we carried out the successful trial of the “Language Translation Interface” in a multi-national military training exercise (2004).  This led to my being invited as plenary speaker at the European Association for Machine Translation (2005).

Another project, in collaboration with Marilyn Cross, was the "Intelligent Listener" (Cross et al., 2004; Cross and Estival, 2004), following the successful trial of speech recognition technology in a complex real-life military training environment.


FOCAL: Future Operations Centre Analysis Laboratory

Presentations & Publications 

·         Todd Andrews, Michael Broughton and Dominique Estival. 2006. “Implementing an Intelligent Multimedia Presentation Planner using an Agent Based Architecture”. Workshop on Effective Multimodal Dialogue Interfaces. IUI Conference. Sydney, 29 January 2006. (pdf)

·         Dominique Estival. 2005. “The Language Translation Interface”.  Invited presentation at the meeting of the European Association for Machine Translation, Budapest, Hungary. pp. 1-12. (pdf)

·         Cécile Paris, Nathalie Colineau and Dominique Estival.  2004. "Intelligent Multi Media Presentation of information in a semi-immersive Command and Control environment". Australasian Language Technology Workshop, Sydney. ASSTA, pp-85-92. (pdf)

·         Marilyn Cross and Dominique Estival. 2004. "The "Intelligent Listener" in Collaborative Planning". 9th International Command and Control Research and Technology Symposium, Copenhagen, Denmark. (pdf)

·         Dominique Estival, Chris Nowak, Andrew Zschorn. 2004. "Towards Ontology-based Natural Language Processing". RDF/RDFS and OWL in Language Technology: 4th Workshop on NLP and XML (NLPXML-2004), ACL 2004, Barcelona, Spain. (pdf)

·         Dominique Estival, Marilyn Cross, Ahmad Hashemi-Sakhtsari. 2004. "Intelligent Listener - experimentation in a live Headquarters". Defence Experimentation Symposium - 2004, DSTO, Edinburgh, Australia. (pdf)

·         Oliver Carr and Dominique Estival. 2003. “Document Classification in Structured Military Messages", Australasian Language Technology Workshop. Melbourne, Australia. (pdf).

·         Dominique Estival, Michael Broughton, Andrew Zschorn, Elizabeth Pronger. 2003.  "Spoken Dialogue for Virtual Advisers in a semi-immersive Command and Control environment". SIGdial Workshop, pp.125-134, Sapporo, Japan. (pdf)

·         Dominique Estival and Jennifer Biggs. 2003. “The Language Translation Interface and automated language translation tools for the ADO". Eighth International Command and Control Research and Technology Symposium, Washington, DC, USA. (pdf .

·         Dominique Estival and Oliver Carr. 2002. “Classification of Formatted Document”, 5th Australasian Natural Language Processing Workshop, Canberra, Australia.

·         Michael Broughton, Oliver Carr, Paul Taplin, Dominique Estival, Steven Wark, Dale Lambert. 2002. "Conversing with Franco, FOCAL’s Virtual Adviser". Human Factors 2002, Melbourne, Australia. (pdf)

·         Jennifer Biggs and Dominique Estival. 2002. “Language Translation Interface”. Defence Human Factors SIG. Human Factors 2002, Melbourne, Australia.

·         Dominique Estival. 2002. “Spoken Language Interfaces: from automated telephone systems to virtual advisers”.  Dept. of Computer Science, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia, 24/09/02.


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