Saturday, March 31, 2007

Daily News Redux...

On the WWW today:

Have a good weekend!

Friday, March 30, 2007

Daily News Redux...

On the WWW today:

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Daily News Redux...

On the WWW today:

  • Article about Google statistical machine translation algorithms, mentions success in Arabic (cf. NIST benchmarks finding Google's Arabic/Chinese->English translation most accuracte.)
  • Teragram search engine launch, employing NLP for improved information retrieval. In related news, a list of top-100 search engines, including more NLP and some audio searches.
  • Article about predicive software application for the tourism industry, calls for NLP and other AI techniques such as neural networks.
  • Nuance unveils voice music search application for mobile ASR applications. In related news, Nuance ships improved mobile TTS.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Three Observations about Recent Language Technology News

To start us off, recent experience has shown three things:

  1. Speech (i.e. voice) related news is TTS-dominated, less so by ASR.
  2. The company featured most frequently in the news is Nuance.
  3. The talk of semantic search engines seems to dominate the NLP news.
The success of TTS is largely due to requirements set by mobile and in-car technologies, especially GPS and communications. The future of ASR in the other hand seems to depend on the dictation market (especially in the healthcare sector) and a growing relevance of network ASR (driven by advancing VoIP, impact of multi-modal applications).

Nuance's continued position will depend on the role of "super players" IBM and Microsoft and to a lesser degree the role of open-source initiatives, especially on the network/telephony side.

Semantic search engines recently got some media hype with "Google-Killer" Powerset, a PARC offspring. While in its infancy, some believe this development towards semantic web will usher in a Web3.0 revolution. Of course, soem others believe this has already begun, while yet more just wanna see what happens with all this.

Let's see how these trends develop. Especially multi-modality and semantic searches will be issues to follow closely.


Welcome. Here I will follow what the news and other blogs have to say about what may broadly be called human language technology. These include, but aren't limited to, automatic speech recognition (ASR), text-to-speech (TTS), speaker recognition/verification (SV), machine translation (MT) and natural language processing (NLP).

Oh and of course: this blog is intended to be informative and, unless otherwise specified, makes no claim about the truthfulness of any referenced material. I will do my best to ensure that any of my own opinions can easily be discerned as such. Comments and debate are always welcome.