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Past Projects

In a typical scenario, ACube (Ambient Aware Assistance) acts as a supervisor of a physical environment where people with cognitive problems (some more severe than others) are living. ACube serves as an aide to the various caregivers who provide both monitoring and care for the guests.

The vision of the CHIL project (IP 506909) is to develop and explore a fundamental shift in the way we use computers today. We aim to realize computer services that are delivered to humans in an implicit, indirect and unobtrusive way. We wish to free people to interact with people and reposition machines to be in the background, discretely observing the humans and – like electronic butlers – attempting to anticipate and serve their needs.

The DICIT (Distant-talking Interfaces for Control of Interactive TV, FP6 IST-034624) project addresses the development of advanced technologies for speech/acoustic processing and interpretation based on multi-microphone devices. One of the most challenging objectives is the integration of distant-talking voice interaction as a complementary modality to the use of remote control in interactive TV systems.

The aim of the project DIPLODOC (Distributed Processing of Local Data for On-Line Car Services) is to define, specify and develop a system architecture based on a distributed sensor platform hosted by vehicles connected to a remote Main Centre, with main purpose of improving safety and comfort of the drivers.

The DIRHA project addresses the development of voice-enabled automated home environments based on distant-speech interaction in different languages.

Despite good progress over the last few decades, speech recognition technology is still not sufficiently reliable for use in many real-world applications. The HIWIRE (FP6-IST-507943) project aims to make significant improvements to the robustness, naturalness, and flexibility of vocal interaction between humans and 'machines'.

PEACH (Personal Experience with Active Cultural Heritage) is a project that addresses these and other questions that individuals around the world ask themselves every day when visiting a cultural institution. The project objective is that of studying and experimenting with advanced technologies that can enhance cultural heritage appreciation by creating an interactive and personalized guide. The aim is that of developing and using innovative technology to provide an educational and entertaining experience fit for each individual's background, needs and interests.

The SCENIC project is aimed at developing a comprehensive set of methodologies and analysis tools that will enable acoustic systems to become aware of their own characteristics and geometry and those of the environment that they operate in, and will enable advanced space-time processing solutions to take advantage of the additional information provided by the environment’s acoustic response.

SpeechDat-Car (SDC) is a project(LE4-8334) of the European Community consisting in collecting a database of in-vehicle utterances. VODIS-II is another project(LE4-8336) of the EC. This project can be seen as a subset of the SpeechDat-Car project, since its goal is to collect in-car utterances. The project aim is to collect utterances for only two languages (Italian and English), while the SDC project includes nine European languages.

Overall objective of VICO (Virtual Intelligent CO-driver, IST-2000-25426) is the creation of a virtual co-driver providing a conversational speech interface to allow natural interaction between humans and digital devices and services. The focus is on solving the particular challenges in the automotive environment. Special care is taken to create techniques and tools extendable to functionalities beyond project activities and also to other domains, like e.g., mobile agents.