NameSpec Asks: What’s Your Name in Chinese? A Voice Bot to Specify Chinese Personal Names through Dialog.

Andreas Maria Liesenfeld, Chu-ren Huang (Corresponding Author)

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We present NameSpec, a voice interface that specifies Mandarin Chinese personal names with the user through dialog. Chinese
personal names can contain thousands of different, sometimes rare, characters, many of which are homophones that require further
disambiguation. Integrated in larger CUI ecosystems as a bot skill, Namespec is activated endogenously when the need arises to input personal names as part of e.g. ticket booking systems or financial services. The results of a preliminary user experience evaluation
trail (n=100) show that NameSpec currently completes around 82% of user queries successfully, but challenges remain related to unseen user input, tone recognition and Pinyin-character mapping.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIn Proceedings of the 2nd Conference on Conversational User Interfaces
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020


  • CUI design, Chinese character specification, bot skill

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