The DenK-architecture : a fundamental approach to user-interfaces

R.M.C. Ahn, R.J. Beun, V.A.J. Borghuis, H.C. Bunt, C.W.A.M. Overveld, van

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In this paper we present the basic principles underlying the DenK-system, a generic cooperative interface combining linguistic and visual interaction. The system integrates results from fundamental research in knowledge representation, communication, natural language semantics and pragmatics, and object-oriented animation. Our design incorporates a cooperative and knowledgeable electronic assistant that communicates with a user in natural language, and an application domain, which is presented visually. The assistant, that we call thecooperator, has an information state that is represented in a rich form of Type Theory, a formalism that enables us to model the inherent cognitive dynamics of a dialogue participant. Pragmatic issues in man-machine interaction, concerning the use of natural language and knowledge in cooperative communication, are central to our approach.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)431-445
Number of pages15
JournalArtificial Intelligence Review
Issue number5-6
Publication statusPublished - 1995


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