Speech Driven Interfaces for Consumer Applications

Recording of 550 adult speakers and 50 child speakers were recorded with 4 different microphones in different environments, such as office, public place, home, outdoor and car.

SPEECON, launched in February 2000,is a project focusing on collecting linguistic data for speech recogniser training. SPEECON is funded as a shared-cost project under Human Language Technologies (HLT), which is part of the European Commission's Information Societies Technologies (IST) Programme. The project is put into action by an industrial consortium lead by Siemens and promotes the development of voice controlled consumer applications (CE) such as television sets, video recorders, mobile phones, palmtop computers, car navigation kits or even microwave ovens and toasters. Instead of operating these devices manually,television and VCR all users of future CE applications have to do is simply talk to their equipment. Like other IST projects supported by the EU, SPEECON is, in the Commission's own words, meant to "improve the functionality, usability and acceptability of future information products and services to enable linguistic and cultural diversity". SPEECON follows these lines by providing linguistice data and technological know-how that will enable companies to develop speech-driven applications in the consumer electronics domain. During the lifetime of the project, originally scheduled to last two years, partners will collect speech data for 18 languages or dialectal zones, including most of the languages spoken in the EU. It devotes special attention to the environment of the recordings, which are, like the typical surroundings of CE applications, at home, in the office, in public places or in moving vehicles.

Group: Speech Communication and Technology

Kjell Elenius (Project leader)

Funding: EU (FP6 IST-1999-10003)

Duration: 2001-01-01 - 2003-12-31


Keywords: speech database microphone

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Published by: TMH, Speech, Music and Hearing

Last updated: 2012-11-09