Automatic Non-Native Speaker Recognition Systems

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$721,402.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W15P7T-10-C-B611
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-3948
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
A08-085
Solicitation Number:
2008.2
Small Business Information
Li Creative Technologies
25 B Hanover Road, Suite 140, Florham Park, NJ, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
125624432
Principal Investigator:
Qi (Peter) Li
President
(973) 822-0048
li@licreativetech.com
Business Contact:
Qi Li
President
(973) 822-0048
li@licreativetech.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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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