Development of an Amazon Alexa App for a University Online Search

Jakob Rupitz, Markus Ebner*, Martin Ebner

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference paperpeer-review


Today, our homes become smarter and smarter. We started to interact with our home with Intelligent Personal Assistants, like Amazon Alexa. In this paper we want to present and give a review on the Alexa skill developed for an online search for resources like rooms, courses, and persons. The goal is to provide the users an easy-to-use way to ask for information like phone numbers, e-mail addresses, room details, ... and the Alexa Skill should provide this information also in an easy understandable way. We will describe how we solved to formulate suitable search queries from spoken Alexa commands and how we presented them to the user accordingly. Other obstacles like the presentation of the search results, due to the limited context and prioritization for individual search results, to the user will be discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLearning and Collaboration Technologies. Designing the Learner and Teacher Experience
Subtitle of host publication9th International Conference, LCT 2022 Held as Part of the 24th HCI International Conference, HCII 2022 Virtual Event, June 26 – July 1, 2022 Proceedings
EditorsPanayiotis Zaphiris, Andri Ioannou
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9783031056567
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jun 2022
Event24th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: HCII 2022 - Schweden, Virtuell, Sweden
Duration: 26 Jun 20221 Jul 2022

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science


Conference24th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
Abbreviated titleHCII 2022
Internet address


  • Amazon alexa
  • Amazon echo
  • Smart home
  • Voice user interface
  • Voice-based search

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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