Project Denmark

Project Denmark

Established: January 8, 2019

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The goal of Project Denmark is to move beyond the need for traditional microphone arrays, such as those supported by Microsoft’s Speech Devices SDK, to achieve high-quality capture of meeting conversations. Instead, virtual microphone arrays are dynamically created from consumer-grade devices, such as mobile phones or laptops equipped with ordinary microphones.  Algorithms for combining speech information at multiple levels yield transcription accuracy that approaches that from close-talking microphones, with many potential applications. For example, we may pair multiple Microsoft Translator applications to help meeting participants communicate more effectively across language barriers. Furthermore, meeting understanding technology may be enabled by the speaker-attributed transcripts resulting from Project Denmark, without specially designed hardware.

Watch the demonstration of the speech translation and transcription service prototype at Microsoft Build 2019.
Graphic showing different microphone arraysLearn about recent advancements in spoken language processing. Read the blog >

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Microsoft pushes ahead with conversation transcription virtual microphone arrays

Microsoft demonstrated some interesting advancements on the smart-meetings front this week during its Build 2019 keynote. Company officials showed off a new Conversation Transcription capability that’s part of its Azure Speech Service. The new capability, now in preview, allows real-time transcription of multi-user conversations…

ZDNet | May 10, 2019

Microsoft’s Conversation Transcription demo wows as new hardware revealed

Microsoft has figured out real-time conversation transcription, revealing a new Azure-integrated conical reference design speaker along with a way to turn every phone and laptop in a meeting into an ad-hoc voice recognition array. The Build 2019 demo highlighted how a combination of edge devices and cloud processing could better work in harmony…

SlashGear | May 6, 2019