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Separation of Speech from Background

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
62652
Program Year/Program:
2003 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
F033-0241
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
AETION TECHNOLOGIES LLC
1275 Kinnear Road Columbus, OH 43212 1155
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2003
Title: Separation of Speech from Background
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: F49620-03-C-0054
Award Amount: $98,888.00
 

Abstract:

Human ability to attend to a single voice in the presence of background interference is remarkable. If this could be imitated in practical technology it would be of great benefit for automatic speech recognition and other applications. Researchers at OhioState University have demonstrated computational methods for separating speech from interfering sounds that imitate human auditory processing, and that have achieved levels of performance clearly evident to the untrained ear. Aetion Technologies willpartner with Ohio State to carry this research to commercial application. Aetion is well suited to the task by reason of its technical competencies, its physical proximity to Ohio State, its official status as a University Technology CommercializationCompany, and its business competencies. The effort will focus on monaural processing. An effective system for separating speech from acoustic interference would greatly facilitate many applications, including automatic speech recognition (ASR) and speakeridentification. Market demand for these applications is very great; the constraint has been the availability of effective solutions. Application areas are diverse, but attenuating acoustic interference comprises only part of the solution. It is unlikely toform the basis for a business-to-consumer start-up. Aetion will seek to fully develop the capability and license it as an OEM to companies developing full applications for speech to text , speech command, and improved intelligibility for voicecommunications. Likely customers include such premier names as IBM, AT&T, Microsoft, Motorola, and Sony. The potential of this market is likely to attract venture capital should it be needed to fully develop the capability.

Principal Investigator:

John Josephson
Founding Partner
6149750341
john.josephson@aetion.com

Business Contact:

Tom Slavin
President
6143401835
tom.slavin@aetion.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Aetion Technologies LLC
1275 Kinnear Road Columbus, OH 43212

EIN/Tax ID: 311697503
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
THE OHIO STATE UNIV.
153 Hitchcock Hall, 2070 Neil Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210
Contact: David Doty
Contact Phone: (614) 292-8671
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university