Multi-Language Speech-to-Text and Text-to-Speech System


POLYGLOT - 2104

Keywords speech recognition, speech synthesis


Start Date: 21-AUG-89 / Duration: 36 months

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Objectives and Approach

The goal of the POLYGLOT project was to demonstrate, through research, the feasibility of the multi-lingual voice interface (input/output) for a number of commercially promising applications. The objective of the project was to integrate phonetic, lexical, and syntactic knowledge common to text-to-speech and speech-to-text conversion, providing greater generality, lower cost, and easier extensions. POLYGLOT also aimed to provide the results of the research and applied technology on a PC.

Progress and Results

Most of the technologies and basic research were developed during the first years of the project. Many technological goals were reached and the project is to be considered a success. The final year of the project was devoted to system and technology integration through applied research.

The results are:

The demonstration of the results of the research was oriented towards the following set of applied technologies:

Exploitation

All the partners plan to improve and develop the POLYGLOT technologies in accordance with specific strategic exploitation plans within the different partners' organisations. In particular, the knowledge and expertise developed in the project has enabled several partners to engage in a cooperation with European organisations.

An interesting area of applied technology is that of the medical report. In fact, in Europe some prototypes of the medical report dictation are already in use in some major hospitals. The academic and research partners will contribute to the diffusion of the technology and will use the research results to expand their consultancy and education programmes.

Also, technologies and applications developed in the project have been presented and demonstrated in public events that has shown the PC-based multilingual voice interface technologies.


CONTACT POINT

Mr. Francesco Lovecchio
SYNTAX SISTEMI SOFTWARE SpA
Via G.Fanelli, 206/16
I - 70125 BARI
tel: + 39/ 80 273 415
fax: + 39/ 80 273 400

Participants

SYNTAX SISTEMI SOFTWARE - I - C
BULL SA - F - P
PHILIPS KOMMUNIKATIONS
INDUSTRIE AG - D - P
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT NIJMEGEN - NL - P
UNIVERSITY OF PATRAS - GR - P
CENTRE FOR SPEECH TECHNOLOGY
RESEARCH - UK - P
RUHR-UNIVERSITÄT BOCHUM - D - P
UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID - E - P
SIEMENS AG - D - P
NEDERLANDSE PHILIPS BEDRIJVEN BV - NL - P
CNRS-LIMSI - F - P
CRAI - I - P
UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE EDUCACION
A DISTANCIA - E - A


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POLYGLOT - 2104, December 1993


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