Recognition of Non-Native Speakers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15P7T-09-C-S016
Agency Tracking Number: A082-085-0653
Amount: $119,992.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solitcitation Year: 2008
Solitcitation Topic Code: A08-085
Solitcitation Number: 2008.2
Small Business Information
30 A Vreeland Road, Suite 130, Florham Park, NJ, 07932
Duns: 125624432
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Qi (Peter) Li
 (973) 822-0048
Business Contact
 Qi Li
Title: President
Phone: (973) 822-0048
Research Institution
We propose a novel and promising non-native speaker recognition system by using both high-level language cues and low-level acoustic accent cues. The system consists of a high-level language cue based sub-system and four accent recognition based sub-systems. Each sub-system can be used individually or together via system fusion. The novelty and uniqueness of our proposed approach are as follows: First, it utilizes both high-level language cues and low-level accent cues, which will largely improve the robustness; Second, it employs a new concept of accent signature, that is to be learned in a completely data-driven fashion, which guarantees portability across different accents; Third, it applies various system fusion approaches which guarantees improved overall performance.

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