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Making the Case for Query-by-Voice with EchoQuery

Gabriel Lyons; Vinh Tran; Carsten Binnig; Ugur Çetintemel; Tim Kraska
In: Fatma Özcan; Georgia Koutrika; Sam Madden (Hrsg.). Proceedings of the 2016 International Conference on Management of Data. ACM SIGMOD International Conference on Management of Data (SIGMOD-2016), June 26 - July 1, San Francisco, CA, USA, Pages 2129-2132, ACM, 2016.


Recent advances in automatic speech recognition and natural language processing have led to a new generation of robust voice-based interfaces. Yet, there is very little work on using voice-based interfaces to query database systems. In fact, one might even wonder who in her right mind would want to query a database system using voice commands! With this demonstration, we make the case for querying database systems using a voice-based interface, a new querying and interaction paradigm we call Query-by-Voice (QbV). We will demonstrate the practicality and utility of QbV for relational DBMSs using a using a proof-of-concept system called EchoQuery. To achieve a smooth and intuitive interaction, the query interface of EchoQuery is inspired by casual human-to-human conversations. Our demo will show that voice-based interfaces present an intuitive means of querying and consuming data in a database. It will also highlight the unique advantages of QbV over the more traditional approaches, text-based or visual interfaces, for applications where context switching is too expensive, too risky or even not possible at all.

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