Speech technology: message from the bottom of the sea – economy


Miriam Hauck

At a depth of around 4000 meters in the Atlantic lies what is probably the most famous wreck in the world: the Titanic, sunk on her maiden voyage in April 1912. Since it was discovered in 1985, the sunken steel colossus has been a popular destination for research expeditions. However, not only by marine biologists or archaeologists, as one might assume – a computer scientist also recently dived into the deep sea there. Alex Waibel, computer science professor at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, drove to the seabed in a research submarine to find out whether the voice and video technology he had developed was also underwater extreme conditions works. So in an underwater world with masses of salt water, where communication is only possible by sonar, i.e. by means of acoustic signals.

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