CSSE students awarded in speech application contest

Published: Feb 1, 2007 2:01:00 PM
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The team of Yolanda McMillian, Kenneth Rouse and Jamey White, graduate students in computer science and software engineering, has been chosen as the first runner up and best-of-class winner of the First AVIOS Speech Application Contest. Their application, "Speech Enabled Message Board for Disaster Victims," received high scores from the judges in the areas of usefulness, technical superiority, user friendliness and innovation. The team is directed by Juan Gilbert, TSYS Inc. Distinguished Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering.

The team will receive an award of $500. They will be officially recognized in the AVIOS Keynote Presentation at SpeechTEK West in San Francisco on Friday, Feb.23, and on the AVIOS web site with a description of the application and the phone number that can be called to try the application. The description and phone number will remain on the company's site for the next calendar year.

"We are very proud of these three students for this outstanding accomplishment," said Kai Chang, alumni professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering. "This is just another fine example of the excellent work done by Auburn Engineering students."