Practical Use of Virtual Assistants and Voice User Interfaces in Engineering Laboratories

MJ Callaghan, Victor Bogdan Putinelu, Jeremy Ball, Jorge Caballero Salillas, Thibault Vannier, Augusto Gomez Eguíluz, Niall McShane

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Abstract

Automatic Question-Answering (QA) systems and speech recognition/synthesis functionality and accuracy has improved dramatically over the last decade allowing the use of voice interactions for increasingly complex tasks. Virtual assistants, based on speech-based services are growing in popularity and are now entering the mainstream. These services and devices come with a set of built-in capabilities and in some instances allow the creation and addition of new functionality and abilities facilitating their use in a range of diverse application areas.Practical electronic and electrical engineering laboratories for undergraduate students are evolving incrementally driven by affordable instrumentation and hardware kit with internet access but remain fundamentally unchanged. This pa-per explores the practical use of virtual assistants and voice user interfaces in electronic and electrical engineering laboratories to tutor and assess students while accessing and controlling test instrumentation and circuits. The re-purposing of existing teaching resources and material for use in this context is discussed and a case study and practical working example of a virtual assistant enabled laboratory demonstrating the viability of this approach is shown.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationOnline Engineering & Internet of Things. Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems
EditorsMichael Auer, Danilo Garbi Zutin
Pages660-671
Volumevol 22
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13 Sep 2017

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User interfaces
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Electrical engineering
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Computer hardware
Teaching
Internet
Networks (circuits)

Keywords

  • Automatic Question-Answering (QA) systems
  • speech recognition and synthesis
  • virtual assistants
  • voice user interface practical laboratories

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Callaghan, MJ., Bogdan Putinelu, V., Ball, J., Salillas, J. C., Vannier, T., Gomez Eguíluz, A., & McShane, N. (2017). Practical Use of Virtual Assistants and Voice User Interfaces in Engineering Laboratories. In M. Auer, & D. G. Zutin (Eds.), Online Engineering & Internet of Things. Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems (Vol. vol 22, pp. 660-671) https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-64352-6_62
Callaghan, MJ ; Bogdan Putinelu, Victor ; Ball, Jeremy ; Salillas, Jorge Caballero ; Vannier, Thibault ; Gomez Eguíluz, Augusto ; McShane, Niall. / Practical Use of Virtual Assistants and Voice User Interfaces in Engineering Laboratories. Online Engineering & Internet of Things. Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems. editor / Michael Auer ; Danilo Garbi Zutin. Vol. vol 22 2017. pp. 660-671
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Practical Use of Virtual Assistants and Voice User Interfaces in Engineering Laboratories. / Callaghan, MJ; Bogdan Putinelu, Victor; Ball, Jeremy; Salillas, Jorge Caballero; Vannier, Thibault; Gomez Eguíluz, Augusto; McShane, Niall.

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