The CLARIN-D centre “Bavarian Archive for Speech Signals” (BAS) in Munich applied for a Google Research Credit Grant and was honoured with the award. From now on, a greater amount of processing power for the automatic transcription of audio-visual speech data will be made available for the users. We congratulate Florian Schiel and his colleagues at the BAS on being awarded the Google research prize, which includes a prize money of 5,000 dollars. The funding started on January 1st, 2020.
What are Google Research Credit Grants?
The US-based technology company Google has got a large division called “Google Cloud Processing” (GCP), which offers several KI-applications as (fee-based) web services. In this division, the programme “GCP Education” is located. This programme allows students to apply for so-called “credits”, which can be used for GCP applications. Researchers, too, can apply for small grants (so-called “research credits”) with their project proposal. There is no application deadline, as applications can be handed in on a running basis. Further information on the application process can be found here: https://edu.google.com/programs/credits/faqs/?modal_active=none#research-credits
Usage Scenarios of Google Services at the BAS
The BAS WebServices use, among other things, the Google Cloud Automatic Speech Recognition for the fully-automated annotation of audio-visual data (cf. services “ASR” and “Pipeline”). To provide their users with more processing power in this field, Florian Schiel applied for a Google “research credit grant”. He decided to put a thematic focus on the development of the BAS WebServices and the integration of Google Cloud applications.
BAS users benefit from the award
Since the awarding on January 1st, 2020, users of the BAS WebServices have been able to use about 1,7 million seconds of automatic transcription each month for their projects - free of charge. In the first two weeks of January, users have already used up 236,580 seconds of these. As one can thus see, responses have been gratifyingly positive. The running time of this special service will be six months. You can make use of this opportunity until June 2020!
PD Dr.habil. Dr.-Ing Florian Schiel
Researcher at the Institute of Phonetics and Speech Processing
Translated by Nathalie Walker
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