Students developing uses for voice-activated system

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Hundreds of students at Waterloo Engineering will explore new ways to apply a voice-activated virtual assistant system under a program backed by Amazon.

Announced today, the Alexa Fund Fellowship provides support for instruction and supervision of student design projects in the exploding field of artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT).

PhD student Chaojie Ou and Professor Fakhri Karray in his lab.

PhD student Chaojie Ou (left) and Professor Fakhri Karray work together recently in the Centre for Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence laboratory.

Alexa is a cloud-based service that uses natural speech recognition technology to process queries and commands from users, then performs requested tasks including the control of smart home devices and appliances.

Click here for the full story and here for the program announcement by Amazon.

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