News : News: Aculab and University of York Gain Funding Award for PhD Project
Milton Keynes, UK Jult, 2019 -- Aculab, a global provider of speech technologies and development APIs, is pleased to announce the award of full WRoCAH PhD funding for a collaborative project with the Department of Language and Linguistic Science at the University of York entitled Towards linguistically-informed automatic speaker recognition.
The Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA) studentship was awarded to Elliot Holmes, and the project will begin at the start of October.
Automatic speaker recognition (ASR) is increasingly used by commercial institutions to identify individuals from their voices, and by forensic labs around the world for voice evidence in legal cases. Despite their very low error rates in experiments, little is known about what information is actually captured by ASR systems. This collaborative project will examine how speaker-characterising information captured by ASR systems maps on to linguistic properties of the voice. The project has important implications for the development and improvement of ASR, the enhancement of public, legal and judicial understanding of ASR, and the improvement of voice analysis accuracy in forensic cases.
"We are very pleased to work with a leading commercial provider of voice biometric systems," confirmed Dr Vincent Hughes of the Department of Language and Linguistic Science at the University of York.
"York is home to a world leading research centre for forensic speech science, and the project represents a large-scale investigation into how tangible linguistic information can be used to improve the understanding and performance of speaker recognition systems," elaborated Dr Hughes.
"The time he spends at Aculab will give Elliot a unique opportunity to familiarise himself with advanced speech technology, while broadening his skills in a commercial R&D environment," explained Dr Ladan Baghai-Ravary, Speech Technology Director at Aculab.
Dr Baghai-Ravary went on to add, "We are looking forward to embarking on this project, which has been designed to explain and enhance forensic applications of new and exciting technologies. We hope it will ultimately lead to increased uptake of automatic speech and voice analysis within the forensics industry, by providing a legally acceptable interpretation and justification of the evidence that such systems can give."
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About Ian Colville:
Ian Colville is a product manager at Aculab and his role includes support for the company’s global sales force. Ian has spoken at a variety of customer seminars on various subjects since joining the company in 2000 and has contributed technical documentation, including product literature and several published articles. He has broad industry knowledge gained during a number of years employed in a variety of management roles by a major telecommunications manufacturer.
Aculab is a company that offers deployment proven technology for any telecoms related application, with capabilities particularly suited to contact centre deployments. Its enabling technology serves the evolving needs of automated and interactive systems, whether on-premise, data centre hosted, or cloud-based. Over 1000 customers in more than 80 countries worldwide, including developers, integrators, and solutions and service providers, have adopted Aculab’s technology for a wide variety of business critical services and solutions, including high performance inbound/outbound contact centre applications, speech enabled IVR and self-service systems, and hosted or cloud-based services. Aculab offers development APIs for voice, data, fax and SMS, on hardware, software and cloud-based platforms, giving a choice between capital investment and cost-effective, ‘pay as you go’ alternatives.
Published: Tuesday, July 2, 2019
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