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The Applied Voice Input Output Society (AVIOS) is a not-for-profit private foundation founded in 1981 with the goals of informing, educating, and providing resources to developers and designers of new and changing speech technologies. AVIOS endeavors to create linkages between users, developers, and researchers to advance speech and multimodal technology with a long tradition of conferences and varied workshops around the country.

  1. Mobile Voice Conference
  2. Speech Application Contest
Mobile Voice Conference 2016
The Westin San Jose – April 11-12, 2016

The Annual AVIOS Conference

In collaboration with TMA Associates, AVIOS sponsors an annual professional conference, continuing a long tradition of such conferences for the speech technology community. This year's conference is entitled Mobile Voice Conference 2016 and will be held in San Jose, California on April 11-12, 2016.

Details on the Mobile Voice Conference | Prior Year's Conferences

Student Contest

The AVIOS Student Speech Application Contest

With the goal of encouraging students to work topics in advanced voice input and output, AVIOS is proud to organize and sponsor the annual AVIOS Speech Application contest. Students from around the country and world are invited to submit the speech applications they have built for consideration.

The AVIOS speech application contest allows students studying voice technology to apply what they have learned beyond the classroom, and get feedback on their ideas from a panel of senior researchers and practitioners in the field. The winning application each year is announced at the Mobile Voice conference.


In addition to a cash prize, the winners are invited to the conference where in addition to gaining exposure for their work, they have an opportunity to network and learn about current speech technology trends.

The content is open to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students and generally the final projects are to be submitted in early January. Projects may be voice only or multimodal, on mobile or desktop.

Application Contest Overview
Student Contest 2016
Application Development Resources

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Speech Science in the Era of Big Data

Nava Shaked

When we refer to natural language processing (NLP) systems that process speech or text, we are generally talking about the building of adequate language models and the deployment of reliable statistical heuristics. Big Data is a blessing for NLP systems in general, and for speech in particular. But it does require managing, filtering, and categorizing data into usable components. This challenge is not at all trivial and poses important questions about tools and processing procedures.

The potential for using data culled from the Internet to enhance speech processing is huge, and there is ample reason to conduct this kind of research. Creating large databases of speech data is essential for training algorithms and getting large quantities of segments needed for statistical models within a short period of time.

Today we can buy these classical databases ready-made and preprocessed, usually for the more dominant languages. These databases are well designed, and usually they are expensive. But from the Internet we're able to recover voice files representing a host of different languages, styles, and dialects that are not necessarily found in mainstream databases, and we can get data for...

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