Monday, May 16, 2011

When signals say more than speech - The Boston Globe

A different type of speech recognition

In any conversation, the dialogue is only half the story. Embedded in pregnant pauses, pacing, and fluctuations in a speaker’s tone of voice are signals that hint “I’m not really paying attention’’ or “I’m feeling down’’ or “I’m interested!’’

Now, Cogito Health, a company in Charlestown, is mining the unspoken parts of a conversation for insights that could improve people’s health. With technology that analyzes the tempo and syncopation of speech, the company is trying to identify indicators that someone may be at risk of depression or is unlikely to adhere to a plan for managing a chronic disease.

When signals say more than speech - The Boston Globe

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