Friday, June 25, 2010

Contemporary Speech Analysis and Systems - A Palimpsest

Computers are making strides in recognizing speech, as reported in earlier posts to this blog. Beyond that, a host of companies — AT&T, Microsoft, Google and startups — are investing in services that hint at the concept of machines that can act on spoken commands. They go well beyond voice-enabled Internet search.

Click here for a comprehensive review article on all this. My links Spoken Language Systems and Audio, Speech, and Language at the top of the right-hand column are very good sources for up-to-date information on these subjects.

Finally, to see a contemporary system at work, click here for Medical Bayesian Kiosk, a voice-based system designed to ask patients about their symptoms and to respond with empathy. (Microsoft Research)