IBM Israel -Science and Technology LTD (IBM)
IBM is the largest IT company in the world, with a presence in every European country. It is a major European employer, investor and tax-payer. The IBM Research Division employs about 3000 researchers in 8 labs around the world. IBM Haifa Research Lab (HRL) in IBM ISRAEL is the largest one outside the US. Since it first opened as the IBM Scientific Center in 1972, the IBM HRL has conducted decades of research that have been vital to IBM's success and contributed a lot to the progress of Information Technology.
The IBM HRL is uniquely positioned to handle the research challenges presented in the area of audio and speech processing. The HRL Speech Technologies group has developed research skills, built technological assets, and achieved accomplishments in numerous fields of speech processing. This expertise stems from over 40 years of experience, 100 scientists in 6 research sites worldwide and more than 150 patents. Just some of HRL's achievements include Embedded TTS technology - part of the IBM Embedded ViaVoice product, deployed in the automotive market, ASR compatible speech coding - serves as a basis for the ETSI DSR Extended Front-end standards (EN 202 211/212), the Speech data retrieval - first place at the 2007 NIST Contest on Spoken Terms Detection. Currently, the group is involved in the EU FP7 project HERMES contributing research and development work covering automatic transcription of conversational speech, speaker recognition, voice emotion recognition, text-to-speech synthesis and spoken information retrieval.
In Dem@Care, IBM ISRAEL will contribute HRL's assets and expertise in the areas of voice-based emotion detection, audio classification, speaker identification and text-to-speech synthesis.