News : Nuance Provides Latest Voice Biometrics Technology to University of York
Burlington, MA, USA, Oct11, 2016 -- Nuance Communications, Inc. announced that it has provided the University of York with voice biometrics software solutions for use within the University’s new Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses in Forensic Speech Science. The courses are aimed at scientists and public sector professionals looking to enhance their knowledge and practical skills in speech analysis. The software will also be available to graduate students studying for the University’s MSc in Forensic Speech Science and for postgraduate research more generally.
The CPD courses were launched this week with the first cohort of participants drawn from law enforcement agencies, public and private sector laboratories and speech scientists from other universities seeking to extend their knowledge and skill sets. The courses are designed as intensive theoretical and practical three-day programs where students learn about and use voice biometrics technology to better analyze speech in criminal cases.
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Dr Peter French, Professor of Forensic Speech Science in the Dept of Language & Linguistic Science, University of York and Chairman at JP French Associates commented: "Nuance is recognized as a market leader in research and development in this area. Its automatic speaker comparison technology facilitates investigations by allowing large volume comparisons of recordings. The process is extremely time-efficient and the user interfaces of the software are highly intuitive and user-friendly."
Dr Dunstan Brown, Professor of Linguistics and Head of the Dept of Language & Linguistic Science, University of York noted: "We are thrilled to be using the voice biometrics software from Nuance, which will provide for us an important new aspect of our training and research programs."
Brian Redpath, Public Sector Director at Nuance Communications, concluded: "Forensic speech analysis is a powerful tool for the public sector assisting professionals in various casework activities. In the hands of trained personnel, this technology will enable improved productivity during both the investigatory stage and during preparation for trial. I am delighted that the University of York will include the use of Nuance voice biometrics, enabling postgraduate students and industry professionals to enhance their skills by embracing our technology."
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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