MENLO PARK, Calif., 14 September 2006. SRI International, an independent nonprofit research and development organization, has announced that Adacel, a maker of simulation development, software integration, and speech-recognition technology, has obtained an exclusive license for SRI's DynaSpeak speech recognition system for selected aviation voice-activated cockpit and mission specialist applications.
DynaSpeak is a speaker-independent speech-recognition engine that scales from large to embedded applications in industrial, consumer, and military products and systems. It incorporates techniques developed and patented by SRI that yield accurate speech recognition, computational efficiency, and robustness in high-noise environments.
Adacel is integrating DynaSpeak into aviation applications developed for pilots, crewmembers, mission specialists, and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operators. This will enable these individuals to use speech recognition as an alternative interface with displays, databases, communications, and command and control. By using voice commands, both flight personnel and specialists can configure instrumentation, navigation, database, and other operational flight deck and aircraft functions.
"Allowing flight crewmembers and specialists the option of using voice commands to control specific functions of their aircraft and its systems provides a safer, faster way to accomplish their mission," says Fred Sheldon, Adacel's CEO, North America.