Automated Audio Clustering

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-13-C-0091
Agency Tracking Number: N112-163-0263
Amount: $500,037.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: N112-163
Solicitation Number: 2011.2
Small Business Information
Voci Technologies Incorporated
P.O. Box 55, Allison Park, PA, -
DUNS: 826859972
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Kominek
 Chief Technology Officer
 (412) 621-9310
 john.kominek@vocitec.com
Business Contact
 Anthony Gadient
Title: President&CEO
Phone: (412) 979-3779
Email: anthony.gadient@vocitec.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Voci Technologies Incorporated (Voci) is the leading small business developing accelerated Human Language Technology based solutions. In Phase I of this SBIR, Voci demonstrated the feasibility of automatically clustering audio with useful false-positive and false-negative rates. In Phase II, Voci is is partnering with Vickers & Nolan Enterprises to develop a prototype Automated Speaker Clustering System (ASCS) and accelerate the technology transfer process. The prototype ASCS will be extended beyond the experimental ASCS in several important ways. The prototype ASCS will incorporate diarization to support the automatic clustering of unsegmented multi-speaker audio. The prototype ASCS will incorporate feature and model robustness that will extend the system"s application beyond telephonic audio to other types of recordings of importance to the Navy. The prototype will have improved usability it will run faster, support the clustering of a larger number of speakers, and support the clustering of audio cuts of shorter length all with better accuracy. And finally, the prototype ASCS will be architected to be maintainable and extensible so that it can be evaluated under realistic deployment conditions and matured within the Phase II Option.

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