AVIOS Student Speech Application Contest

Demonstrate your creativity and programming skills in voice-enabled and multimodal applications by entering the AVIOS Speech Application Development Contest organized by the Applied Voice Input Output Society.  Develop a speech mediated application by December 6, 2019. The winning team will receive world-wide recognition on the AVIOS web site and other public announcements. 

Important Dates

Application submitted by December 6, 2019

Winners notified by January 10, 2020

Winners announced February 10, 2020 at the Conversational Interaction Conference


Some examples of the innovative applications students have submitted to the contest:

 

  • A grandmother’s guide to technology

  • Interactive travel kiosk

  • Interactive game to teach spelling

  • Recipe reader and organizer

  • Speech enabled message board for disaster victims

  • Speech enabled Calorie tracking application for dieters

  • Radio communication tutorial for small aircraft pilots

  • Voting by phone

 

Many professors have found the speech application contest to be a important driver for student projects and a great way to augment a class on dialog systems, speech application development, or spoken user interface design:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019/2020 Speech Application Contest Rules & Entry Form

“Building my application, ‘A Grandmother’s Guide’, was a tremendous learning experience for me. Most of my coursework at school requires me to focus on very specific problems, most of which have a right answer and can be solved with a pencil and paper. Developing my application, however, exposed me to the exciting world of system design and user interface, and I’m now considering pursuing a graduate degree in systems engineering.”
Vicky Thomas, Previous Winner.

“Building my application, ‘A Grandmother’s Guide’, was a tremendous learning experience for me. Most of my coursework at school requires me to focus on very specific problems, most of which have a right answer and can be solved with a pencil and paper. Developing my application, however, exposed me to the exciting world of system design and user interface, and I’m now considering pursuing a graduate degree in systems engineering.”
Vicky Thomas, Previous Winner.

“The AVIOS contest raised awareness about the use and value of speech-technologies for my students. It helped connect a project done in an academic setting to the real-world, which is what 90% of my students long to do. “
Blade Kotelly, Jibo, Inc., MIT

“My students got a huge confidence boost from participating in the competition. When we completed the project and submitted it for the competition, they were very proud of their work. I also think the competition gives them something to work towards. It provides them with a goal and makes speech technology a real option for their research and future career. The competition allows them to see how important speech technology is in the real world.”
Professors: Juan E. Gilbert, Clemson University

“Contest participation is a great motivator for students to develop creative and useful speech application programs. And the winning students encourages other students to take the class the next time it was offered. My school published an article about the winning entries in its news letter and on its web page, which brought attention to both the class and the school.“
Jim Larson, Portland State University and Oregon Institute of Technology

“The AVIOS contest gives my students an opportunity to work with a variety of both commercial and research speech tools and build a real application. They come away with both a real sense of accomplishment and a much better understanding of the challenges of speech recognition that we have covered in the course. They also work harder knowing that it will be judged by someone else, and knowing that Brandeis students have won in the past. And those that have won or gotten recognition are really thrilled.
Marie Meteer, Brandeis University