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Method and Apparatus for Automatic Contextual Call Return, Calendering, and Address Book Search

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111946D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 69K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

When a user checks his PhoneMail messages, he/she has no efficient and automatic method for responding to those messages. The user needs an efficient way to automate call return, address book look-ups, and the updating of electronic calendars based upon the voice messages.

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Method and Apparatus for Automatic Contextual Call Return, Calendering,
and Address Book Search

      When a user checks his PhoneMail messages, he/she has no
efficient and automatic method for responding to those messages.  The
user needs an efficient way to automate call return, address book
look-ups, and the updating of electronic calendars based upon the
voice messages.

      This system monitors each voice message, and parses out all
phone numbers and calendar events by trapping all occurrences of
consecutive numbers, and it parses out the names of people by
dictionary comparisons and monitoring for certain keywords.  Once the
phone numbers, calendar events, and names have been isolated, this
system then allows the user to make the appropriate response
immediately.  The possible responses are as follows:

o   To automatically dial a phone number mentioned in the voice
    message, the user voices the command, "Dial phone".

o   To automatically post the information in this message as a
    calendar event, the user voices the command, "Post calendar".

o   To automatically search the address book for a name mentioned in
    the voice message, the user voices the command, "Directory
    search".

      Of course the user has the ability to configure any preferred
voice commands for the functions described.  For automatic call
return, the system processing is as follows:

o   Invokes the Sentence Parsing Function (SPF) to locate consecutive
    numbers;

o   Verifies that the numbers comprise a valid phone number;

o   If more than one valid phone number is found, the system invokes
    the Candidate List Function (CLF) which produces a list of all
    phone number candidates.

o   When the user selects a valid handle corresponding to one of the
    candidates in the list, the system invokes the Requested Response
    Function (R...