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Primeur weekly 2017-03-13

Focus

Health-RI initiative to federate medical metadata across nationwide infrastructure ...

Crowd computing

Berkeley Lab supercomputer centre contributes to Planet Nine-seeking citizen science project ...

Major French bank now supporting humanitarian research through IBM's World Community Grid ...

NVIDIA Jetson TX2 enables AI at the edge ...

Quantum computing

Legacy of brilliant young scientist is a major leap in quantum computing ...

Focus on Europe

Addressing the gender gap in the UK HPC community ...

Middleware

Bright Computing supplies Bright Cluster Manager to Fox Chase Cancer Center ...

Hardware

E4 Computer Engineering and Wistron Corporation introduce new energy-efficient OCP platform based on IBM POWER CPUs coupled with NVIDIA Tesla Pascal GPUs with NVLink ...

Fujitsu in plans for RIKEN AIP-FUJITSU Collaboration Center ...

Bullion, high-end x86 server from Atos, beats worldwide performance record ...

Mellanox enables industry's first PCIe Gen-4 OpenPOWER-based Rackspace OCP server with 100Gb/s connectivity ...

Mellanox announces industry-leading OCP-based ConnectX-5 adapters for Qualcomm Centriq 2400 processor-based platforms ...

Supermicro's Silicon Valley state-of-the-art server and storage manufacturing facilities go green ...

AMD previews "Naples" high-performance server processor and prepares to return innovation and choice to the data centre in Q2 2017 ...

Applications

iRODS Consortium welcomes Intel as newest member ...

SDSC achieves record performance in seismic simulations with Intel ...

UC San Diego to develop cyberinfrastructure for NASA's ICESat-2 data ...

IBM and Salesforce announce landmark global strategic partnership ...

Small nanoparticles have surprisingly big effects on polymer nanocomposites ...

Munich Leukemia Laboratory selects IBM Watson and Illumina for research collaboration to advance diagnostics and develop personalized treatment tools for leukemia & lymphoma ...

IBM researchers store data on world's smallest magnet - a single atom ...

IBM breaks industry record for conversational speech recognition by extending deep learning technologies ...

Designing the fuel-efficient aircraft of the future ...

The Cloud

NVIDIA and Microsoft boost AI Cloud computing with launch of industry-standard hyperscale GPU accelerator ...

Mellanox to showcase Cloud infrastructure efficiency with production-ready SONiC over Spectrum open Ethernet switches ...

AMD collaborates with Microsoft to advance open source Cloud hardware ...

IBM breaks industry record for conversational speech recognition by extending deep learning technologies

8 Mar 2017 Armonk - IBM broke the industry record for speech recognition, creating a technology that recognizes spoken words ever closer to human parity. Last year, IBM announced a major improvement in conversational speech recognition: a system that achieved a 6.9 percent word error rate. Since then, IBM researchers have continued to push the boundaries of accuracy rates, achieving this historic milestone and setting an industry record of 5.5 percent, a 20% improvement from the rate than was reported six months prior.

"These speech developments build on decades of research, and achieving speech recognition comparable to that of humans is a complex task. At IBM, we are dedicated to creating the technology that will one day match the complexity of how the human ear, voice and brain interact", stated Michael Karasick, IBM Vice President, Cognitive Computing. "This progress will have important implications for how man and machine collaborate in the future, making the interactions more natural and productive. We believe it is only a matter of time before we achieve parity on speech recognition with humans."

The success of speech recognition technology is measured against human parity, an error rate on par with that of two humans speaking. Previously, human parity was considered a 5.9 percent word error rate; IBM partnered with Appen, a speech and technology service provider, to reassess the industry benchmark and determined that human parity is lower than what anyone has yet achieved: 5.1 percent.

In the face of other industry claims, this research, in partnership with Appen, shows finding a standard measurement for human parity across the industry is more complex than it seems. As IBM continues to develop and improve upon this technology, its researchers will remain accountable to the highest standards of accuracy when measuring for it for the findings to be truly valuable.

"In spite of impressive advances in recent years, reaching human-level performance in AI tasks such as speech recognition or object recognition remains a scientific challenge. Indeed, standard benchmarks do not always reveal the variations and complexities of real data", stated Yoshua Bengio, leader of University of Montreal's Institute for Learning Algorithms. "IBM continues to make significant strides in advancing speech recognition by applying neural networks and deep learning into acoustic and language models."

"The ability to recognize speech as well as humans do is a continuing challenge, since human speech, especially during spontaneous conversation, is extremely complex", stated Julia Hirschberg, a professor and Chair at the Department of Computer Science at Columbia University. "IBM's recent achievements in speech recognition are quite impressive, as is IBM's dedication to better understand how we measure the success speech technology and industry benchmarks."

Today's achievement builds upon IBM's recent advancements in language and speech technology, gained from IBM's decades of experience researching, developing and investing in AI technology. These research developments are critical to advancing the development and adoption of cognitive around the globe; as IBM continues to strengthen and improve upon its speech and language technology, these updates will be embedded in the cognitive capabilities it offers via the Watson Developer Cloud.

Source: IBM

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Primeur weekly 2017-03-13

Focus

Health-RI initiative to federate medical metadata across nationwide infrastructure ...

Crowd computing

Berkeley Lab supercomputer centre contributes to Planet Nine-seeking citizen science project ...

Major French bank now supporting humanitarian research through IBM's World Community Grid ...

NVIDIA Jetson TX2 enables AI at the edge ...

Quantum computing

Legacy of brilliant young scientist is a major leap in quantum computing ...

Focus on Europe

Addressing the gender gap in the UK HPC community ...

Middleware

Bright Computing supplies Bright Cluster Manager to Fox Chase Cancer Center ...

Hardware

E4 Computer Engineering and Wistron Corporation introduce new energy-efficient OCP platform based on IBM POWER CPUs coupled with NVIDIA Tesla Pascal GPUs with NVLink ...

Fujitsu in plans for RIKEN AIP-FUJITSU Collaboration Center ...

Bullion, high-end x86 server from Atos, beats worldwide performance record ...

Mellanox enables industry's first PCIe Gen-4 OpenPOWER-based Rackspace OCP server with 100Gb/s connectivity ...

Mellanox announces industry-leading OCP-based ConnectX-5 adapters for Qualcomm Centriq 2400 processor-based platforms ...

Supermicro's Silicon Valley state-of-the-art server and storage manufacturing facilities go green ...

AMD previews "Naples" high-performance server processor and prepares to return innovation and choice to the data centre in Q2 2017 ...

Applications

iRODS Consortium welcomes Intel as newest member ...

SDSC achieves record performance in seismic simulations with Intel ...

UC San Diego to develop cyberinfrastructure for NASA's ICESat-2 data ...

IBM and Salesforce announce landmark global strategic partnership ...

Small nanoparticles have surprisingly big effects on polymer nanocomposites ...

Munich Leukemia Laboratory selects IBM Watson and Illumina for research collaboration to advance diagnostics and develop personalized treatment tools for leukemia & lymphoma ...

IBM researchers store data on world's smallest magnet - a single atom ...

IBM breaks industry record for conversational speech recognition by extending deep learning technologies ...

Designing the fuel-efficient aircraft of the future ...

The Cloud

NVIDIA and Microsoft boost AI Cloud computing with launch of industry-standard hyperscale GPU accelerator ...

Mellanox to showcase Cloud infrastructure efficiency with production-ready SONiC over Spectrum open Ethernet switches ...

AMD collaborates with Microsoft to advance open source Cloud hardware ...