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Helping Computers ­nderstand Natural Human Speech

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Lockheed Martin researchers are developing software that can extract meaning from a string of spoken sentences. The technology, called Spoken Language Interaction for Computing Environments (SLICE), can interact with humans in a richer way because it can understand a speaker's intent and draw logical conclusions based on the information available, says Lockheed Martin's Kenny Sharma.

One possible application is military medicine. The U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research and Lockheed Martin are applying SLICE to the development of a voice documentation system that will enable medical personnel to collect patient information as care is being administered. SLICE would record and transcribe doctors as they speak during treatment. Researchers are working with medical personnel to obtain a wide range of the lexicon and grammar typically used in trauma and triage units to help SLICE better understand each situation that may arise.

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