Ford Integrates CMU-SV Research with Next-Gen Cars-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Ford Integrates CMU-SV Research with Next-Gen Cars-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Ford Integrates CMU-SV Research with Next-Gen Cars

Ford Motor Company made headlines in the automotive and technology sectors last week, announcing its new, expanded research lab in Palo Alto, Calif. where the car company will develop new, high-tech features for the next generation of connected cars.

The articles also noted that Ford was partnering with Carnegie Mellon's Silicon Valley campus on speech recognition, so drivers can communicate with smart systems designed for the vehicles. That work is headed by Ian Lane, assistant research professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, whose research at CMU-SV also includes natural language processing and machine learning.

Lane has received research funding from Ford and, as a partner in the new center, was invited to present at the grand opening event Thursday, Jan. 22, demonstrating real-time speech recognition within an on-board, embedded system. An integrated, in-car system ensures responsiveness even when data networks are unreliable or unreachable, and the emphasis on natural language improves the user experience, too, allowing drivers to speak normally instead of in pre-programmed commands.

Tech site SlashGear highlighted a video of Lane's presentation on local speech processing:

While at CMU-SV, Lane has been recognized several times for work in gesture-based computing and hardware-accelerated perceptual computing, and was instrumental in the campus's designation by NVIDIA as a CUDA Research Center for machine learning. He was also active in the development of Jibbigo, a speech translation app that was acquired by Facebook in 2013.