Friday, May 8, 2009

AVIOS Student Speech Application Contest

On May 6, 2009 the Applied Voice Input/Output Society (AVIOS) announced their fourth annual student speech application contest sponsored by AT&T, Cepstral, I6Net, Loquendo, Microsoft, Opera, and Voxeo. Applications must involve speech input and/or output, but may be pure speech or multimodal. Cash and/or equipment prizes valued at over $1000 will be awarded to teams of student programmers who design and create applications judged to be robust, useful, creative, innovative, and user friendly.

The contest encourages students to develop applications using speech technologies such as automatic speech recognition and text to speech synthesis and to combine them with other modalities. This year, students may use any of a variety of platforms including AT&T Speech Mashups, Cepstral VoiceForge TTS service, CMU's RavenClaw/Olympus, Google Android, I6net VXI*, Loquendo VoxNauta Platform, LumenVox Speech Engine Standard License, Microsoft Windows and Tellme VoiceXML Platform Opera, Voxeo Prophecy, and Voxeo Tropo.

Students anywhere in the world can submit their creative and innovative applications to be judged by speech application experts. The contest also provides a forum for students to show what they can do with the power of speech applications For more information and the contest entry form, go to http://www.avios.org/.

Thanks to Patti Price for letting us know about this contest.

3 comments:

Jason Goecke said...

Don't forget open source tools like Asterisk and Adhearsion.

Patti said...

Thanks for the suggestion! The supported platforms for this year is closed, but we are always interested in hearing about new platforms for next year's contest! (we are not fond of platforms that require downloads in order for us to judge the entries, though if there are good reasons for that, we might accept them). Also, it looks like it is possible that these could be used in combination with the other platforms. We are promoting speech recognition and speech synthesis, and these platforms should make telephony bits easier...

Iván said...

Hi Jason, This year Asterisk is here!!! at AVIOS with I6NET VXI* VoiceXML browser. You can use Asterisk and develop you own standard VoiceXML 2.0+ with this open source PBX... This provide much more possibilities of solutions because VXI* is special addon running over Asterisk.