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A Personal Note on Arctic and the Author of the Danger Trail

October 06, 2019

“Author of the Danger Trail, Philip Steels, etc.” Do you recognize this sentence? If so, chances are very good that you are a speech technology researcher. Mostly likely your specialty is speech synthesis, i.e., text-to-speech (TTS). Or perhaps you toil away in the related field of voice transf ...

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The Possibilities of Change: How to Find the Right Speech to Text Solution

August 19, 2019

In a previous blog, Kevin covered some considerations that should go into the decision to purchase an STT or ASR solution. If you’ve already got an STT solution in place, however, your needs are quite different. You may be satisfied with your existing STT solution. Or you may be resigned to deali ...

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Neural Networks, Deep Learning and Automatic Speech Recognition: How Speech to Text Works

July 08, 2019

As you know, Voci works on automatic speech recognition (ASR). I’ve been with Voci almost since the beginning — nearly 8 years — helping to develop our speech recognition engine. Over those years, I have often been asked about what exactly the engine does. How does speech recognition work? ...

Read Neural Networks, Deep Learning and Automatic Speech Recognition: How Speech to Text Works

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Complexity of Language and ASR Challenges: How Cultural Variation Affects Transcription

May 13, 2019

In a previous blog, Catherine talked about what we linguists do here at Voci. (If you haven’t read it, click here!). In this blog, I’m going to expand on this, and talk about some examples of the challenges we run into everyday, challenges which are just part of how language works. Regional and ...

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The Real Costs of Deploying ASR Solutions

March 28, 2019

In my 15+ years as an Engineering Pre- and Post-Sales Support Executive, I rarely encountered a company that didn’t have some existing analytics platforms, which often operated in separate silos. When evaluating a new technology solution, it’s crucial to perform due diligence on integration with ...

Read The Real Costs of Deploying ASR Solutions

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I’ve Transcribed Speech, But What Can I Do With It?

January 05, 2019

There’s a whole set of terms which we use to talk about doing more than just plain transcription. This gets us into a set of features in ASR software that identify the context of speech, as well as identifying speakers and allowing for classification of calls. ...

Read I’ve Transcribed Speech, But What Can I Do With It?

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Real Benefits from Artificial Intelligence

December 06, 2018

One of the key AI technologies that Voci's speech recognition implements is deep learning, a machine learning technique that enables software to do what comes naturally to humans: learn by example. ...

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Audio Quality and Word Error Rate: How to Get the Best From Your Speech Recognition System

November 04, 2019

In the digital audio domain, audio quality is an assessment of the accuracy, fidelity, and intelligibility of audio output from an electronic device. Given that audio is the primary input to an Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) system, audio quality is undeniably important to maximize the performan ...

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Working Together: Combining Speech Analytics with Speech Recognition

August 26, 2019

So far, we’ve covered two sets of considerations that should go into the decision to purchase an STT or ASR solution: if you’re interested in a solution, but don’t have one already; and if you’ve already got an STT solution in place. In this blog, I’m going to look at the questions you sh ...

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The Role of Context in Language: Implications for ASR

July 15, 2019

When it comes to building software to do things that humans do easily and naturally, we run into challenges. Image recognition, self-driving vehicles and natural language processing (NLP) are three prominent examples that technology companies are currently working on, with varying degrees of success ...

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How to Make Speech Recognition Software That Works — and Keeps Working

May 28, 2019

In my experience, no significant software project is ever really "done." There's always something that can be improved, and customer requirements are always changing. In addition, as new technologies emerge, it makes sense to take advantage of them. If you don't, your competitors will, and that put ...

Read How to Make Speech Recognition Software That Works -- and Keeps Working

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When It Has to Be Right: Transcription Accuracy and Tuning Speech Recognition

April 02, 2019

So, you’ve bought yourself a new ASR solution. You did your research, you found the system that works best for your business, you researched the vendor, and finally you took the plunge. You’re sure that this is going to work perfectly, and all you need to do is turn it on and start feeding it ca ...

Read When It Has to Be Right: Transcription Accuracy and Tuning Speech Recognition

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Technology and Acronym Soup

January 05, 2019

One of the first things you notice when you start learning more about software and AI and STT is how many acronyms are used. It can get a bit overwhelming, so this blog is going to talk about some of the most common ones. ...

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Artificial Intelligence Without a Robot Uprising

January 05, 2019

Artificial intelligence or AI is an idea that’s been around for a long, long time. Artificial beings that can think like humans have been talked about since ancient times. ...

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Clear Communication for Speech Recognition: The Importance of Information Representation

November 11, 2019

One of the most fascinating aspects of life is the act of communication. Without it, we could not interact with each other. And communication can occur in so many forms, from a simple wink to a loud cry. Even a long pause can convey some meaning. Communication can also take on many subtle qualities ...

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Conversations, Commands and Speech Recognition

September 16, 2019

Most people, when they hear about ASR or automatic speech recognition, immediately think of home devices, like Alexa or Google Home. They sit in a corner on a table or in the kitchen, and you can, if you speak loudly and clearly enough, order them to perform all kinds of tasks, such as playing music ...

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Navigating the Market: Getting Started with Automatic Speech Recognition

August 12, 2019

If you’ve looked into Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) or speech to text (STT), you know that the industry is constantly changing. Regardless of where your business is — investigating options, considering a replacement, or totally new to the field — you need a good plan in place in order to ...

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Checking Automatic Transcriptions and Not Getting Coffee: On Being a Language Intern

July 01, 2019

Developing an automatic speech recognition system, as we do here at Voci, takes a lot of different types of contributions, from experts in both language and technology. We work on the linguistics side, as language interns. And, while we may not be experts (yet!), we’re still an important part of t ...

Read Checking Automatic Transcriptions and Not Getting Coffee: On Being a Language Intern

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Analyzing Language to Train ASR Systems: Combining Linguistics with AI Technology

May 07, 2019

One of the biggest challenges that automated transcription faced, at least until the machine learning/AI revolution we’re all currently living in, was the sheer complexity of language. Basically, computing needed to get to a point where it could deal with the evolving and diverging ways that we us ...

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Impressions from NVIDIA GTC 2019

March 26, 2019

Inside every serious deep learning house, there is a cluster of machines. Inside each machine, there is one GPU card. Since Voci is a serious deep learning house, we end up owning many GPU cards. By now, no one would disagree that deep learning has reinvigorated the ASR industry. Back in 2013, Vo ...

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Automatic Speech Recognition and You

January 05, 2019

Let’s start with the term right in the title: Automatic Speech Recognition or ASR. ASR takes natural speech and converts it into text. This is also called Speech-to-Text or STT. An ASR system is also called a speech engine. ...

Read Automatic Speech Recognition and You

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Transcription 101

December 05, 2018

Like any high-tech field, STT (Speech-To-Text) shares many terms with the English language but gives them its own special twist. Take transcription, for example, which basically means writing something down. Writing something down is not that exciting a topic, until you consider that transcription i ...

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Technical

Clear Communication for Speech Recognition: The Importance of Information Representation

November 11, 2019

One of the most fascinating aspects of life is the act of communication. Without it, we could not interact with each other. And communication can occur in so many forms, from a simple wink to a loud cry. Even a long pause can convey some meaning. Communication can also take on many subtle qualities ...

Read Clear Communication for Speech Recognition: The Importance of Information Representation

Technical

Audio Quality and Word Error Rate: How to Get the Best From Your Speech Recognition System

November 04, 2019

In the digital audio domain, audio quality is an assessment of the accuracy, fidelity, and intelligibility of audio output from an electronic device. Given that audio is the primary input to an Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) system, audio quality is undeniably important to maximize the performan ...

Read Audio Quality and Word Error Rate: How to Get the Best From Your Speech Recognition System

Technical

A Personal Note on Arctic and the Author of the Danger Trail

October 06, 2019

“Author of the Danger Trail, Philip Steels, etc.” Do you recognize this sentence? If so, chances are very good that you are a speech technology researcher. Mostly likely your specialty is speech synthesis, i.e., text-to-speech (TTS). Or perhaps you toil away in the related field of voice transf ...

Read A Personal Note on Arctic and the Author of the Danger Trail

Technical

Conversations, Commands and Speech Recognition

September 16, 2019

Most people, when they hear about ASR or automatic speech recognition, immediately think of home devices, like Alexa or Google Home. They sit in a corner on a table or in the kitchen, and you can, if you speak loudly and clearly enough, order them to perform all kinds of tasks, such as playing music ...

Read Conversations, Commands and Speech Recognition

Technical

Working Together: Combining Speech Analytics with Speech Recognition

August 26, 2019

So far, we’ve covered two sets of considerations that should go into the decision to purchase an STT or ASR solution: if you’re interested in a solution, but don’t have one already; and if you’ve already got an STT solution in place. In this blog, I’m going to look at the questions you sh ...

Read Working Together: Combining Speech Analytics with Speech Recognition

Technical

The Possibilities of Change: How to Find the Right Speech to Text Solution

August 19, 2019

In a previous blog, Kevin covered some considerations that should go into the decision to purchase an STT or ASR solution. If you’ve already got an STT solution in place, however, your needs are quite different. You may be satisfied with your existing STT solution. Or you may be resigned to deali ...

Read The Possibilities of Change: How to Find the Right Speech to Text Solution

Technical

Navigating the Market: Getting Started with Automatic Speech Recognition

August 12, 2019

If you’ve looked into Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) or speech to text (STT), you know that the industry is constantly changing. Regardless of where your business is — investigating options, considering a replacement, or totally new to the field — you need a good plan in place in order to ...

Read Navigating the Market: Getting Started with Automatic Speech Recognition

Technical

The Role of Context in Language: Implications for ASR

July 15, 2019

When it comes to building software to do things that humans do easily and naturally, we run into challenges. Image recognition, self-driving vehicles and natural language processing (NLP) are three prominent examples that technology companies are currently working on, with varying degrees of success ...

Read The Role of Context in Language: Implications for ASR

Technical

Neural Networks, Deep Learning and Automatic Speech Recognition: How Speech to Text Works

July 08, 2019

As you know, Voci works on automatic speech recognition (ASR). I’ve been with Voci almost since the beginning — nearly 8 years — helping to develop our speech recognition engine. Over those years, I have often been asked about what exactly the engine does. How does speech recognition work? ...

Read Neural Networks, Deep Learning and Automatic Speech Recognition: How Speech to Text Works

Technical

Checking Automatic Transcriptions and Not Getting Coffee: On Being a Language Intern

July 01, 2019

Developing an automatic speech recognition system, as we do here at Voci, takes a lot of different types of contributions, from experts in both language and technology. We work on the linguistics side, as language interns. And, while we may not be experts (yet!), we’re still an important part of t ...

Read Checking Automatic Transcriptions and Not Getting Coffee: On Being a Language Intern

Technical

How to Make Speech Recognition Software That Works — and Keeps Working

May 28, 2019

In my experience, no significant software project is ever really "done." There's always something that can be improved, and customer requirements are always changing. In addition, as new technologies emerge, it makes sense to take advantage of them. If you don't, your competitors will, and that put ...

Read How to Make Speech Recognition Software That Works -- and Keeps Working

Technical

Complexity of Language and ASR Challenges: How Cultural Variation Affects Transcription

May 13, 2019

In a previous blog, Catherine talked about what we linguists do here at Voci. (If you haven’t read it, click here!). In this blog, I’m going to expand on this, and talk about some examples of the challenges we run into everyday, challenges which are just part of how language works. Regional and ...

Read Complexity of Language and ASR Challenges: How Cultural Variation Affects Transcription

Technical

Analyzing Language to Train ASR Systems: Combining Linguistics with AI Technology

May 07, 2019

One of the biggest challenges that automated transcription faced, at least until the machine learning/AI revolution we’re all currently living in, was the sheer complexity of language. Basically, computing needed to get to a point where it could deal with the evolving and diverging ways that we us ...

Read Analyzing Language to Train ASR Systems: Combining Linguistics with AI Technology

Technical

When It Has to Be Right: Transcription Accuracy and Tuning Speech Recognition

April 02, 2019

So, you’ve bought yourself a new ASR solution. You did your research, you found the system that works best for your business, you researched the vendor, and finally you took the plunge. You’re sure that this is going to work perfectly, and all you need to do is turn it on and start feeding it ca ...

Read When It Has to Be Right: Transcription Accuracy and Tuning Speech Recognition

Technical

The Real Costs of Deploying ASR Solutions

March 28, 2019

In my 15+ years as an Engineering Pre- and Post-Sales Support Executive, I rarely encountered a company that didn’t have some existing analytics platforms, which often operated in separate silos. When evaluating a new technology solution, it’s crucial to perform due diligence on integration with ...

Read The Real Costs of Deploying ASR Solutions

Technical

Impressions from NVIDIA GTC 2019

March 26, 2019

Inside every serious deep learning house, there is a cluster of machines. Inside each machine, there is one GPU card. Since Voci is a serious deep learning house, we end up owning many GPU cards. By now, no one would disagree that deep learning has reinvigorated the ASR industry. Back in 2013, Vo ...

Read Impressions from NVIDIA GTC 2019

Technical

Technology and Acronym Soup

January 05, 2019

One of the first things you notice when you start learning more about software and AI and STT is how many acronyms are used. It can get a bit overwhelming, so this blog is going to talk about some of the most common ones. ...

Read Technology and Acronym Soup

Technical

I’ve Transcribed Speech, But What Can I Do With It?

January 05, 2019

There’s a whole set of terms which we use to talk about doing more than just plain transcription. This gets us into a set of features in ASR software that identify the context of speech, as well as identifying speakers and allowing for classification of calls. ...

Read I’ve Transcribed Speech, But What Can I Do With It?

Technical

Automatic Speech Recognition and You

January 05, 2019

Let’s start with the term right in the title: Automatic Speech Recognition or ASR. ASR takes natural speech and converts it into text. This is also called Speech-to-Text or STT. An ASR system is also called a speech engine. ...

Read Automatic Speech Recognition and You

Technical

Artificial Intelligence Without a Robot Uprising

January 05, 2019

Artificial intelligence or AI is an idea that’s been around for a long, long time. Artificial beings that can think like humans have been talked about since ancient times. ...

Read Artificial Intelligence Without a Robot Uprising

Technical

Real Benefits from Artificial Intelligence

December 06, 2018

One of the key AI technologies that Voci's speech recognition implements is deep learning, a machine learning technique that enables software to do what comes naturally to humans: learn by example. ...

Read Real Benefits from Artificial Intelligence

Technical

Transcription 101

December 05, 2018

Like any high-tech field, STT (Speech-To-Text) shares many terms with the English language but gives them its own special twist. Take transcription, for example, which basically means writing something down. Writing something down is not that exciting a topic, until you consider that transcription i ...

Read Transcription 101

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