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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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Ten Years of the AVIOS Student Speech Application Contest

Debbie Dahl

What do a voice-activated calorie counter, a grandmother’s guide to technology, a hotline for finding out course grades, a workout log, and learning when the next bus will arrive have in common? These are all applications that have been entered into AVIOS’s annual student speech programming contest. The 2016 contest is the tenth consecutive contest. Every year since 2007 AVIOS has organized this contest, which is open to high school, undergraduate and graduate students. The contest showcases creative and innovative speech applications developed by the next generation of developers.

The types of submissions AVIOS has received over the years reflect the evolution of speech technology and the speech industry. In the early years of the contest, submissions consisted primarily of voice applications using VoiceXML, as well as a few desktop multimodal applications. A lot has changed since 2007, when iPhones and Android phones had just come out and it was not yet possible to develop apps for either phone. In recent years, submissions have more often been native multimodal applications on mobile devices, along with some browser-based applications, mirroring the overall industry movement toward mobile apps.

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