A team from Queen’s University Belfast has won the High Technology Award at this year’s Northern Ireland Science Park (NISP) CONNECT Awards Gala in Belfast.
Researchers from the university’s Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT) were recognised for their proposed company Mobile Voice Recognition (MVR).
The MVR technology enables a large vocabulary continuous speech recognition system to be embedded in small electronic devices. Not only does it convert speech to text, it does so while satisfying the constraints of battery-operated mobile devices, which traditionally have limited computational capabilities and low power.
Prof Roger Woods from MVR said: ’By bringing together internationally recognised researchers in embedded systems and speech recognition experts, we have made a major advance in creating speech recognition solutions for embedded or handheld solutions.’
The awards were sponsored by Bank of Ireland, Invest NI, Ulster University, Queen’s and the Agri Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI). The team received a prize of £2,500 on the night.
The technology has been validated and is currently the subject of intellectual protection. A demonstration prototype is being finalised.