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
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.
Estival. 2005. “The Language Translation Interface”. Invited presentation at the meeting of the European Association for Machine Translation,
Paris, Nathalie Colineau and Dominique Estival.
2004. "Intelligent Multi Media Presentation of information in a
semi-immersive Command and Control environment". Australasian Language
Marilyn Cross and Dominique Estival. 2004. "The
"Intelligent Listener" in Collaborative Planning". 9th
International Command and Control Research and Technology Symposium,
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,
Dominique Estival, Marilyn
Cross, Ahmad Hashemi-Sakhtsari. 2004. "Intelligent Listener - experimentation
in a live Headquarters". Defence Experimentation Symposium - 2004,
Oliver Carr and Dominique Estival. 2003. “Document Classification in Structured Military
Messages", Australasian Language
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,
Dominique Estival and
Jennifer Biggs. 2003. “The Language Translation Interface and automated
language translation tools for the
Dominique Estival and Oliver
Carr. 2002. “Classification of Formatted Document”, 5th Australasian Natural
Language Processing Workshop,
Michael Broughton, Oliver
Carr, Paul Taplin, Dominique Estival, Steven Wark, Dale Lambert. 2002.
"Conversing with Franco, FOCAL’s Virtual Adviser". Human Factors
Biggs and Dominique Estival. 2002. “Language Translation Interface”. Defence
Human Factors SIG. Human Factors 2002,
Estival. 2002. “Spoken Language Interfaces: from automated telephone systems to
virtual advisers”. Dept. of Computer Science,
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