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Nuance to open new R&D centre for open voice services

Nuance Communications has revealed plans to open an Open Voice Services European Center of Excellence to meet the needs of global mobile operators. The company said that the new center claims to serve for global research and development with technical teams focused on all aspects of the research and development of Voicemail-to-Text, Voice Control, Open Voice Search, Mobile Messaging, and voice services for the Connected Car.

The company said that it is focused on creating an environment with a variety of voice services that can recognise free-form, unstructured speech input such as converting voicemail into text automatically.

According to the company, this has created opportunity for a research area in speech recognition. The underlying capabilities include converting voicemail into text automatically, allowing users to dictate messages, and searching the web among others.

Vlad Sejnoha, chief speech scientist at Nuance, said: “Nuance’s commitment to innovation and the wealth of speech technology talent throughout the region inspires Nuance to invest in launching a formal Center of European Excellence, focused on open voice services.

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In addition to our current internal efforts and additional innovation investments recently announced with IBM, we expect this new Center of Excellence to ensure Nuance’s voice services team achieves a level of innovation second to none in the industry.”

In preparation for the expansion of its team with the region’s mobile software professionals, the company will host UK ‘Career Days’ in the Marlow and Cambridge on October 12, 2009. Positions will include project managers, operations engineers, quality assurance, speech engineers, acoustic modeling and language modeling researchers, language development experts, the company said.

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