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The Applied Voice Input Output Society (AVIOS) is a not-for-profit private foundation founded in 1981 with the goals of informing, educating, and providing resources to developers and designers of new and changing speech technologies. AVIOS endeavors to create linkages between users, developers, and researchers to advance speech and multimodal technology with a long tradition of conferences, varied workshops around the country and the annual student speech application contest.

AVIOS and TMA Associates announced that the Mobile Voice Conference has been re-named the Conversational Interaction conference and will be held in San Jose, California, January 30-31, 2017.​

Interaction with digital devices and applications by text or speech in natural language is becoming increasingly important and increasingly feasible. The CI Conference will discuss how companies and application developers can take advantage of this trend—including resources for creating bots and digital assistants, delivering customer service in natural language, best practices, examples of deployed solutions, and other commercial opportunities generated by the trend.

The 2016/2017 Student Speech Application Contest

With the goal of encouraging students to work topics in advanced voice input and output, AVIOS is proud to organize and sponsor the annual AVIOS Speech Application contest. Students from around the country and world are invited to submit the speech applications they have built for consideration.


The speech application contest allows students studying voice technology to apply what they have learned beyond the classroom, and get feedback on their ideas from a panel of senior researchers and practitioners in the field. The winning application each year is announced at the conference.


In addition to a cash prize, the winners are invited to the conference where in addition to gaining exposure for their work, they have an opportunity to network and learn about current speech technology trends.


The content is open to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students and generally the final projects are to be submitted in mid December. Projects may be voice only or multimodal, on mobile or desktop.
Speech Application Contest Overview    |    Application Development Resources

View from AVIOS ... Speech Technologies Are at a Tipping Point

Thanks to a convergence of technologies, seamless touch-talk-type interactions are now within reach

by Emmett Coin

The use of speech in applications ranging from interactive voice response (IVR) to desktop dictation to smartphone voice search has grown steadily and significantly over the past couple of decades. And AVIOS has been a part of that journey, chronicling the paths and pitfalls of these challenging and exciting technologies. AVIOS surveys the technological horizon and examines the future trends for speech and natural language, and the present trajectory of the underlying A.I. technologies is the reason that AVIOS has refined its focus. Our upcoming annual conference—at the end of January 2017, titled “Conversational Interaction”—will explore those trends.


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2015/2016 Speech Application Contest Announcement of Winners

AVIOS is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015/2016 Speech Application Contest. Nine student groups submitted speech applications developed for a variety of platforms, including Android devices, voice systems, and web browsers. Judges reviewed every application and selected the following winners.


First Prize

Best Application
Prajyoth Bhandary and 

Hrishikesh Deshmukh
Portland State University
Advisor: Jim Larson
Application: Interactive Learning System


Second Prize

Alex Luu, Jake Freyer,

and Laura Kleiman
Brandeis University
Advisor: Marie Meteer
Application: Mirror Mirror

A Closer Look at the World of Speech Technology

See videos of our board members describing their current speech technology passions. Discussions include topics such as teaching, language learning, and more.

See the videos!

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