Automatic Non-Native Speaker Recognition Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15P7T-10-C-B611
Agency Tracking Number: A2-3948
Amount: $721,402.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: A08-085
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Small Business Information
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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
The objective of Phase II is to develop, demonstrate, and validate a novel implementation of a non-native language and speaker recognition system. In addition to the binary classification of native and nonnative speakers developed in Phase I, we will implement and evaluate several new methods to recognize possible native languages or dialects of nonnative speakers (a minimum of 5 languages). Recognition of non-native speakers is a multi-class recognition problem. Each accent or dialect will be considered as one class. We will collect a database of multiple dialects of a selected language, and then conduct research on the database. Our research will cover all existing approaches plus new algorithms developed in Phase I and II. The proposed system will be tested in both clean and noisy environments and its superior results will be validated by plugging it into a downstream speech recognition or machine language translation system. By the end of Phase II, we will provide the Army a working system to test. We will also provide detailed test plans, procedures, results and design documentation. Furthermore, we will deliver a matured non-native speaker recognition system, which can be used alone or in combination with speech recognition systems, machine translation systems, etc.

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