Speech-Recognition Software for Air Traffic Control

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 32114
Amount: $99,988.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1996
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
180 N. Vinedo Avenue, Pasadena, CA, 91107
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ojvind Bernander, Ph.d.
 (818) 792-3000
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Air traffic control (ATC) is a complex task that is taxing on the human operator. It has long been recognized that voice input can greatly simplify the operator's task and reduce fatigue. Current real-time ATC training systems rely on expensive, special-purpose hardware. A portable all-software solution would reduce costs and be more readily modified for future needs. In Phase I, we propose to develop a baseline continuous-speech system using our novel single- and multi-stream approach. We have previously demonstrated that this approach lowers error rates up to twenty-fold for isolated-word recognition, in particular when noise is intense and differs between training and testing-a traditionally difficult problem. We will compute the trade-off curves between accuracy, speed of computation, the size of the vocabulary and grammar perplexity. By trading off the increased accuracy for speed, we predict real-time performance for an all-software solution. We will also apply the multi-stream approach to the speaker-independent domain. In Phase I, we will build a continuous-speech system based on the single/multi-stream approach. The work will provide a foundation for Phase II, where we will extend the baseline system to the full ATC vocabulary and deploy and test prototypes.

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