The Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems IAIS and the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS are jointly pursuing the goal of establishing a leading language assistance platform
The Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems IAIS and the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS are jointly pursuing the goal of establishing a leading language assistance platform "Made in Germany" for business-to-business applications.
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Language assistance platform Speaker as German answer to Siri

| Editor: Florian Richert

Language assistance solutions are in great demand in the German industry and commerce. The biggest obstacle to implementation to date has been European data security standards. With Speaker, Fraunhofer Institutes now want to develop a German answer to Siri.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems IAIS and the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS are jointly pursuing the goal of establishing a leading language assistance platform "Made in Germany" for business-to-business applications. The idea: Companies can use individual technology modules and adapt them to their needs. A German-language assistance solution will make it possible to guarantee the data sovereignty of personal and company-relevant information.

Experts from the fields of speech signal processing, speech understanding, artificial intelligence and software engineering have joined forces with Fraunhofer IIS and Fraunhofer IAIS.

Renowned partners from industry and research

The planned speaker platform is embedded in a comprehensive ecosystem consisting of large industry, medium-sized companies, start-ups, and research partners that ensure a high degree of innovation and transfer from research to practice. As early as the concept phase, numerous well-known partners from industry and research were won over to the Speaker project. Other interested companies can join the consortium for the planned implementation and contribute their requirements to the project:

  • Audeering GmbH
  • Comma Soft AG
  • Datev eG
  • German Railway AG
  • DFKI GmbH
  • Grundig Business Systems GmbH
  • IAV GmbH
  • Innovo Cloud GmbH
  • International Data Spaces Association
  • Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich
  • Onsei GmbH
  • Retresco Ltd.
  • SAP SE
  • Scopevisio AG
  • Siemens AG
  • TU Braunschweig
  • University of Paderborn

Fraunhofer Institutes receive award in AI Innovation Contest

from left to right: Prof. Dr. Jens Lehmann (Fraunhofer IAIS), Prof. Dr. Andreas Both (Datev eG), Dr. Bernhard Grill (Fraunhofer IIS), Dr. Joachim Köhler (Fraunhofer IAIS), Oliver Hellmuth (Fraunhofer IIS), Johannes Fischer (Fraunhofer IIS), David Laqua (Fraunhofer IAIS)
from left to right: Prof. Dr. Jens Lehmann (Fraunhofer IAIS), Prof. Dr. Andreas Both (Datev eG), Dr. Bernhard Grill (Fraunhofer IIS), Dr. Joachim Köhler (Fraunhofer IAIS), Oliver Hellmuth (Fraunhofer IIS), Johannes Fischer (Fraunhofer IIS), David Laqua (Fraunhofer IAIS)
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The Fraunhofer Institutes have now received an award in the innovation competition "Artificial Intelligence as a Driver for Economically Relevant Ecosystems" of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) for the Speaker project for the development of a language assistance platform "made in Germany". More than 130 consortia from science and industry have submitted concept ideas for the BMWi's KI Innovation Competition. In the subsequently funded competition phase, the 35 best participants were able to draw up detailed roadmaps for the implementation of their concept idea and the formation of powerful consortia. The 16 most promising proposals were awarded prizes at the end of the competition and are to be supported in the subsequent three-year implementation phase to realize their concept.

This article was first published in German by Industry of Things.