Syrinx Speech Systems was an Australian company who developed automated telephone dialogue systems with their own speech recogniser. I joined Syrinx early 1999 as head of the Natural Language Processing group to lead the new NLP Research & Development project, which was partly funded by a DIST R&D Start Grant (STG00217, 1999-2000).
The aim of the NLP project was to design and implement a natural language telephone dialogue system integrated with the Large Vocabulary Speech Recogniser developed by Syrinx. This was achieved within the time frame of the project and an operational version of the system went into production in July 2001. However Syrinx Speech Systems went into voluntary administration in September 2001 and was liquidated soon afterwards.
During development, the NLP component was named SYLAN and early versions of the system were demonstrated at the following venues:
The SYLAN system is described in detail in:
Dominique Estival (2002). “The Syrinx Spoken Language System”. International Journal of Speech Technology. Vol.5. no.1. pp.85-96. (pdf)
I gave a number of presentations on the Syrinx NLP project:
In June 2001, I was invited to give a talk at the
Colloquium on "Interdisciplinary
Perspectives on Language Processing Colloquium" hosted by The Centre for Research in Language Processing
& Linguistics at the
In 2000, Dr Dominique Estival (Syrinx), A.Prof Diana
Slade (UTS) and A.Prof Christian Matthiessen (Macquarie) were awarded a
“Strategic Partnership with Industry - Research and Training”
(SPIRT) project (ARC: C00106858) for a joint project between Syrinx, the
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