Nuance, IBM jointly research on speech technology

by CXOtoday Staff    May 24, 2010

Nuance Communications and IBM have entered into a five-year joint-research initiative designed to advance next-generation natural language speech technologies. The initiative is designed to expand the global use of speech technology and set new benchmarks in design, usability and technical excellence.

IBM and Nuance intend to further enhance mass market speech interface solutions to increasingly resemble human-to-human interaction, whether in the car or home, on a mobile device, PC and telephone, or within settings such as customer service, healthcare and many others.

"Our relationship with Nuance demonstrates how IBM is applying its deep research skills and assets to help its collaborators and their clients address some of the world’s most formidable and exciting technical challenges," said Dr. John E. Kelly III, SVP and director of IBM Research.  "Combining our technical talent with the expertise of companies like Nuance, we can create transformational technologies that hold promise to make the world work better."

"The expanded collaboration between Nuance and IBM will deliver an inspiring portfolio of speech innovations that can accelerate the proliferation of speech across global industries. With IBM and Nuance working together, our objectives are within reach and we are well on our way to the day when people will interact with machines just as they would with another person," said Paul Ricci, chairman and CEO, Nuance.