The COMPRISE project (Cost-effective, Multilingual, Privacy-driven voice-enabled Services), a Research and Innovation Action (RIA) funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme, had its kick-off meeting on 24th and 25th of January in Paris. The six consortium partners, led by Emmanuel Vincent, a researcher at Inria Nancy-Grand Est, now have three years to create the next generation of voice interaction technology.
Voice-operated technologies and tools have multiplied in recent years: from Amazon’s Alexa to voice-controlled radios or TVs, voice is rapidly replacing touch or text as the main means of interaction with modern devices. COMPRISE aims to support, and even lead on, this expansion by providing the tools and methodology to make voice interaction more secure, more cost-effective, and more inclusive for a variety of languages.
The scientists will rely on deep learning methodologies to improve speech-to-text and machine understanding of different languages. In addition, they aim to create a methodology that will protect the users’ data, in order to ensure their privacy. Such innovations are expected to provide a strong basis for SMEs and European companies at large to design new services and expand.
The COMPRISE team
The COMPRISE project will last for 36 months. It will be led by Inria, and involve the following organisations: