ET SIG: VRML and X3D: Out of the Cold and Into the Mainstream



  • ...and Dialogue Managers and Voice Recognition

    This month we have an eclectic set of O'Reilly books (Programming Jabber and Google Hacks) to raffle off. Special thanks to O'Reilly for their generous donations.


    Tony Parisi, Founder and President, (bio)- Media Machines
    VRML and X3D: Out of the Cold and Into the Mainstream

    Ajay Juneja, Computer Science and Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University (bio)
    Dialogue Managers and Voice Recognition


    Presentation Overviews

    VRML and X3D: Out of the cold and into the mainstream


    • In 1970, Ted Codd wrote "A Relational Model of Data for Large Shared Data Banks."
    • In 1977, Oracle was founded.
    • In 1996, VRML 1.0 was released to the world

    Now that 3D hardware is becoming ubiquitous, network bandwidth is accelerating, and serious uses for 3D applications have been identified (we're not talking about chat rooms or giant spinning shoes here), the time is ripe for the web to enter the third dimension. The long and often frustrating incubation period is over and Web3D technology is finally poised for mainstream market acceptance.

    In this talk, Tony Parisi will talk about the underlying 3D technologies and showcase some of the application areas, applications, and tools that make 3D on the web exciting (in particular, VRML is an open format for 3D graphics on the Internet and X3D is the standard for real time, interactive 3D graphics for the web and broadcast environments).

    Dialogue Managers and Voice Recognition

    Ariadne is a dialogue system which enables natural interactions between users and applications, via voice. Ariadne takes what a user says, grabs the sentence meaning out of it, and executes an appropriate command based upon what the user said. In the case of an ambiguous query, the system offers the user a list of the possibilities, and steps the user through the process to finalize his or her decision. Anything from computer applications to consumer electronics, including embedded devices, can used with Ariadne. Right now we have created a music selection with Ariadne, and we are currently working on the creation of a voice-controlled navigation system around it.

    Ajay will be demonstrating Ariadne, and discussing the future of dialogue managers as part of devices we use.


    About the Presenters


    Tony Parisi, Founder and President, Media Machines

    Media Machines Founder and President Tony Parisi is a technology pioneer and accomplished entrepreneur at the forefront of Internet New Media. Tony is co-creator of the Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML), the ISO standard for 3D graphics on the World Wide Web, and is widely recognized as an expert in standards, technologies and emerging markets for interactive rich media. In 1995 Tony founded Intervista Software, an early innovator in real-time, networked 3D graphics technology and developed WorldViewT, the first real-time VRML viewer for Microsoft Windows. In 1998 Intervista was purchased by PLATINUM technology, inc. and Tony joined the company to lead business affairs for its 3D visualization group. Tony is also a lead editor and co-chair of the Extensible 3D (X3D) Specification, the new standard for Web3D graphics being developed by the Web3D Consortium.

    In 1999 Tony founded Media Machines to provided business planning, business development and technology consulting services to companies in the bay area and worldwide. Tony is spearheading the development of FluxT , a real-time 3D technology that continues to push the envelope in interactive graphics for the web.


    Ajay Juneja, Computer Science and Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University

    Ajay Juneja is a senior at Carnegie Mellon University in Computer Science and Robotics, with a research focus on Speech Recognition and Dialogue Systems. He has spent the last 2 years working on the Ariadne Spoken Dialogue Manager.


    Event Logistics


    Cubberley Community Center
    4000 Middlefield Road, Room H-1
    Palo Alto, CA


    7:00-7:20pm registration/networking/refreshments/pizza
    7:30-9:00pm presentation 1&2, book raffle


    $15 at the door for non-SDForum members
    No charge for SDForum members
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    No registration required

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