Third Plenary Meeting

The third COMPRISE plenary meeting was held remotely on June 03-04, 2020. We were thrilled to welcome the following advisory board members: Georg Rehm (META-NET) Fredrik Kronlid and Staffan Larsson (Talkamatic) Norbert Pfleger (Paragon Semvox) Eren Gölge (Mozilla)

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4 Reasons why you should adopt the COMPRISE SDK

Introduction Voice-based applications are creating massive growth opportunities for European SMEs by enabling natural interaction with an ever-increasing range of services. Thanks to its naturalness and efficiency, voice has become a common means of accessing a range of services such as web search, car navigation, and smart home control. This…

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Special Issue on Voice Privacy

We are co-organizing a special issue on Voice Privacy that solicits papers describing advances in privacy protection for speech processing systems, including theoretical developments, algorithms or systems. Examples of topics relevant to the special issue include (but are not limited to): formal models of speech privacy preservation, privacy-preserving speech feature extraction,…

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COMPRISE Features Two Main Branches

> The operating branch runs a spoken dialogue system on the user’s device or on a personal server. The dialogue outcomes are sent to the company delivering the desired service only. The training branch removes personal information from voice data using privacy driven text and voice transformers. The transformed data are sent to the COMPRISE Cloud-based Platform to train the spoken dialogue system. COMPRISE VOICE TRANSFORMER Prevents…

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Voice-based Applications for Consumers

Since the invention of the very first smartphone, many things have changed. While the first apps were only provided by the developers themselves, there are nowadays app stores with millions of apps for nearly everything [Ref1]. Challenges when developing consumer applications While developing an app, the developer has to think…

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Privacy vs. usability

In our previous posts [Post1] and [Post2], we have presented a rather streamlined version of the issue at hand and introduced quite a few simplifications along the way. Still, we have seen that privacy transformations of text are complex. A number of challenges presented themselves and we have discussed a…

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COMPRISE is supporting the VoicePrivacy 2020 Challenge!

Registration is still open to take part in the first international challenge on speech data privacy. The VoicePrivacy initiative is spearheading the effort to develop privacy preservation solutions for speech technology. It aims to gather a new community to define the most effective processes and metrics, while also benchmarking the existing privacy-enabling solutions and creating…

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Handling private information in text

Removing sensitive portions from a text, sometimes known as “sanitizing”, is often done by simply blackening the relevant words. Many people have seen such a redacted document at some point, it’s a technique commonly applied to classified government reports, for instance. A prominent example of such a document from recent…

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Our Dagstuhl Seminar proposal has been accepted!

Together with some other collaborators, we have the pleasure to announce the acceptance of our Dagstuhl Seminar proposal entitled “Privacy in Speech and Language Technology”! The proposed seminar will cover the fields of computer science and the other disciplines relevant to Privacy in Speech and Language Technology, namely: Speech processing Natural language…

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Implementation of GDPR principles in machine learning

Today, voice-enabled technologies rely on a machine learning paradigm called deep learning. Deep learning has led to major improvements in speech-to-text, spoken language understanding, and dialogue management. Before moving into the GDPR principles, first, let’s first briefly recall the concepts of machine learning and deep learning introduced and detailed in…

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Business Opportunities Around Voice Enabled Technologies

Compatibility and integration are becoming essential features for voice technologies. The expected increase in the development of mid-level devices, which are able to connect with smart speakers, although not being fully smart themselves, serves as the perfect example [Ref1]. Despite the popularity of voice technologies, 41% of voice users report concerns on trust, privacy and…

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Second Plenary Meeting

The second COMPRISE plenary meeting was held on December 05-06, 2019 in Bordeaux. We welcomed three advisory board members who are Frédéric Peak (DYDU), Mario Fritz (CISPA) and Kaspars Grosu (Children’s Clinical University Hospital, Riga).

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COMPRISE @VoiceTech’2019!

Emmanuel Vincent from INRIA gave a great presentation, at VoiceTech, about the major scientific and technological challenges in speech processing that we are facing today. COMPRISE as an initiative done by our Consortium members was presented in this context!

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COMPRISE @Rue89 Strasbourg!

Emmanuel Vincent from INRIA was invited for a debate entitled “What voice assistants really know about us?”. Emmanuel explained the idea behind the COMPRISE project by highlighting the need to create a methodology that will protect the users’ data, in order to ensure their privacy. This was broadcast via the Rue89 Strasbourg media! Check…

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Voice-based applications for E-Health

Healthcare has been one of the countless beneficiaries of the revolutionary advances that widespread computing has brought. Fast, efficient data organisation, storage and access that have greatly sped up the medical enterprise, yet many low hanging fruits remain hanging. Chief among those is the increased application of technologies that can…

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Workshop for Children’s hospital!

Our partner Tilde has organized a workshop for Children’s hospital. The workshop covered two main topics: (1) eventual use-case scenarios for two Tilde/COMPRISE demonstrators and (2) availability of data for system training and testing. Participants got brief introduction of the COMPRISE project and its objectives as well as the underlying technologies of the…

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Participation @Global forum on AI for humanity!

Emmanuel Vincent from INRIA has been invited to participate at the Global Forum on AI for Humanity (GFAIH)! Experts from AI, social sciences, humanities, and engineering, as well as innovators, economic actors, policy makers and civil society representatives were all at GFAIH in order (i) to reach a common understanding of the perspectives…

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A new presentation of COMPRISE @CCS’2019!

As part of COMPRISE, the work “Private Protocols for U-Statistics in the Local Model and Beyond” [James Bell, Aurélien Bellet, Adria Gascon, Tejas Kulkarni] has been accepted for presentation at two workshops part of CCS’2019: Theory and Practice of Differential Privacy (TPDP) and Privacy Preserving Machine Learning (PPML). Congratulations to our team!…

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COMPRISE @Science festival

Emmanuel Vincent, Irene Illina, and Brij Mohan Lal Srivastava demonstrated the privacy-driven voice transformation technology developed in COMPRISE as part of the Science festival at Université de Lorraine! It was a great interaction between INRIA’s members and several groups of junior high school students, students and staff of Université de Lorraine…

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Our partner Dietrich Klakow from USAAR has been invited to participate at the EC expert consultation on language technologies workshop!

Our partner Dietrich Klakow from USAAR, expert in the field of language technologies, has been invited to participate at the EC expert consultation on language technologies and web accessibility! He gave an elevator pitch highlighting what can be realized within the next 10 or 20 years  in the domain of language technology.  

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Voice-based applications for E-commerce

Ethics in retail Our partner Intermarché is one of the biggest food retailers in France, Belgium, Poland and Portugal. Intermarché is an ethics-centered retailer that aims to promote ethical values at all levels of the company from the production of goods to the customers’ basket through the whole supply chain…

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Personal Data: Concept and Categorisation

On 25 May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force across the European Union. The new Regulation provides a broader definition of personal data with respect to its predecessor, the Data Protection Directive (DPD), and has rapidly become a standard for the processing of personal data not…

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Voice assistants: is someone listening to us?

In July 2019, the Flemish news outlet VRT published an article revealing that internet giant Google employs thousands of people around the globe to listen to recordings of the customers – mostly unbeknownst to them. This came as quite a shock given that an almost identical report was previously published by the…

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First Plenary Meeting

The first COMPRISE plenary meeting was held on June 11-12, 2019 in Madrid. We welcomed three advisory board members who are Frédéric Peak (DYDU), Alice Coucke (Snips), and Félicien Vallet (CNIL). Plenary Meeting Invitation Letter Plenary Meeting Agenda

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COMPRISE @Showcase H2020 and INEA

COMPRISE was presented at the “Showcasing Language Technology in H2020 and CEF Telecom Projects” workshop that was held on the 26 of April 2019 in Brussels. The workshop introduced Digital Service Infrastructures and their stakeholders at Member State level to language technology related projects in the H2020 program and in CEF…

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