RESEARCH

With its foundations as a spin-off from the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) paragon semvox has ever since been pioneering innovative solutions. We have a close partner network gathering universities, research centres and laboratories around the globe. Our aim: facilitating life and work by supporting people with our smart speech interaction solutions. Day by day.

Current research projects

EmmA - the emotional mobile assistant

Psychic disorders are the main reason for employees to drop out from work. That's why the German law obligates companies to introduce a risk assessment for the mental health of employees and advance reactive measures in case of mental illness.

Our research project EmmA (Emotional mobile Assistant) aims at the development of a mobile assistance system for smartphones which will be able to assess the merit of employees' mental disorder and consult them individually about preventive or reactive actions.

The core of EmmA is a multimodal real-time sensor analysis. With the help of smartphones, pyhsical and social signals will be evaluated and in a further step, a socio-emotional behavior model, connected to a virtual avatar, will be developed. By this step EmmA gets a face to the world, is able to analyze the situation of people and provide individual help.

In the project, paragon semvox is responsible for the generation of voice dialogs, the investigation of emotional states as well as the examination of a proper adaptive behavior. Together with our partners Charamel GmbH, WIPS GmbH, Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz and Augsburg University we support mental health prevention by the development of a digital assistant. Without being in need of expertised personnel, the assistant can be applied for the assessment of an employee's mental health and the presentation of measures against psychic problems.

ASARob - Medical technologies

Do you know Paul, the assistance robot? He is able to make out if there is a human being calling for his attention.

The ASARob (Attention Sensitive Assistance Robot) project was set up as a cooperation between Bremen university, Fraunhofer Institute, Mojin Robotics, Unity Robotics and paragon semvox. Aiming at developing an assistant robot for the use in domestic care, the Care-O-Bot® is not only featured with kinematic abilities but also captures and directs user attention. By interpreting behavior, actions and language context, Paul enables a natural human-machine-interaction.

Using its paragon semvox ODP S3 platform, paragon semvox assists in language processing and the development of new dialog interactions between man and machine. In the realization process, learning modes from Artificial Intelligence are applied. The ASARob is equipped with adaptive behavior which underlies continuous enhancement in the course of the project.

More about the ASARob project: ASARob

SynDiQuAss – Industry 4.0

Initiated by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research paragon semvox is project partner for the SynDiQuAss project, which focuses on the digital enhancement of the assembling process, a better quality management and health-related improvements at industry workplaces.
The SynDiQuAss project is basically meant to serve small and mid-scale companies taking a standardized and affordable measure in the automization of assembling processes. Due to the highly competitive nature of the market many industrial companies are not able to invest big amounts in the transition to a more flexible and automatic production. SynDiQuAss will help these companies make their processes more efficient and install safer workplaces by offering standardized best-practice reference models.
Together with industry and research partners paragon semvox is developing a multimodal production assistance system which enables workers to generate context-based user profiles and customized supporting services tailored to their own needs. The worker will be flexible in the choice of commands, being able to switch from voice-operating to gesturing or using touch commands. Further, the system will show how to assemble the parts and offer help when needed. This enables a hands-free and less defective assembling.
more info: SynDiQuAss

PDExergames – Medical Technology

PDExergames is a project that addresses the treatment of physical and cognitive restraints caused by one of the most widespread diseases, the Parkinson's Disease (PD). The symptoms that come along with the disease are often cured using pharmacological concepts.

PDExergames are meant to offer an alternative and playful therapy, making use of voice and gesture-based interaction concepts as well as sensory controllers and concepts for data analyzation. With the help of these games, the mental and motional activity of the persons concerned shall be sustained.

With paragon semvox ODP S3, the long standing know-how of paragon semvox in speech-based dialog interactions contributes to the multimodal support of PD patients. The main goal of the project lies in gaining insights into voice-based solutions in the Health IT sector.

more info about the project: PDExergames