Speechmatics attend the BBC TextAV hack event in London

Myself and a couple of the team at Speechmatics attended the BBC News Labs and BBC Connected Studio’s TextAV event in London from 18-19 September. TextAV is a two-day working group attracting leading technologists, application developers, and practitioners working in the area of online audio and video, with a particular focus on the use of […]

27/09/2018

Speechmatics and Red Bee Media discuss subtitling perfection at IBC 2018

Speechmatics’ Machine Learning Engineer, Will Williams, teamed up with Red Bee Media’s Emerging Technology Lead in Access Services, Hewson Maxwell, at IBC 2018 to discuss subtitling perfection and whether it will ever be possible using Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) on the IABM Future Trends stage. The presentation comprised of an overview of the challenges we […]

25/09/2018

Speechmatics attend Interspeech in Hyderabad, India

Two of the speech team from Speechmatics visited Hyderabad in India last week for the 2018 Interspeech Conference. Held in the state-of-the-art Hyderabad International Convention Centre, the conference brought over 5,000 delegates from around the world. Key objectives were to learn about the latest developments in Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR), to discuss current trends, and […]

12/09/2018

What’s in a trademark?

When referring to names that are trademarked it can be important to display this. The use of the trademark symbol enables others to respect and not infringe on intellectual property, deterring them from attempting to use the name or mark for their own business, preventing confusion in the marketplace about the identity of a product or service. […]

05/09/2018

What’s in an acronym?

Acronyms are often understood and used more than their unabbreviated form. This occurs nearly everywhere, for example, ‘BLT’ is just as understood in a restaurant as ‘Bacon Lettuce and Tomato.’ In some cases, the acronym is more common than the complete form, PM is used for afternoon and hardly ever do people say “Post Meridian”, […]

04/09/2018

What’s in an abbreviation?

Producing text in the form that is expected makes copy much easier to read and reduces confusion. For example, if you worked somewhere where speed measurements were commonplace and it read ’30 miles per hour’ all the time, then it would not only make for long sentences but would also be harder to read as […]

03/09/2018

What’s in an accent?

The spelling of names is difficult for everyone, but there are times when it’s even more than just spelling, what if there are diacritics in the name. Diacritics are those other marks that should be there to make the pronunciation correct such as accents or cedilla written over or under the letters. Time-consuming and tricky […]

31/08/2018

What’s in a name?

Names are very personal, they are our identity and miss-spelt names can often offend people. Even for humans, names are hard to get right in written form, because one pronunciation can result in multiple different ways to spell the name. How do people get it right? For example, if you are in a meeting and […]

30/08/2018

Can Artificial Intelligence understand humour?

Read the article written by ‘The Network’ where Will Williams, Machine Learning Engineer at Speechmatics, gives his views on whether Artificial Intelligence can understand humour. The Network

09/08/2018

Custom Dictionary – the technical edit

I am sure we can all remember a time when we misheard something and requested it to be repeated or perhaps just guessed what was said and carried on. Well, computers are no different, except in many cases, there is no possibility to ask for things to be repeated. When you guessed what was said, […]

10/04/2018

     

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