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Research Topic Description, including Problem Statement:
Recording devices including smart assistants, such as Google Home and Amazon Echo, are often installed in places that are not ideal for capturing intelligible audio. This can be due to a variety of factors including room design, device design, other noise sources, and obstructions. Understanding the factors internal and external to recording devices that affect audio intelligibility could help optimize these devices’ performance. Research could focus on the physical design principles of these devices, methods to better assess and utilize the microphone’s environment, or methods for quantifying their performance in untested locations.
A range of solutions to quantify and identify limiting factors in the audio intelligibility of a microphone include, but are not limited to:
Relevance to the Intelligence Community:
Ease of identification, comprehension, and transliteration/translation of audio files would enable many intelligence and diplomatic activities. In the modern age, the quantity of recorded speech is continuously increasing, requiring more technology and labor to assess the speech. Improving the nature of these recordings will speed the process and improve accuracy.
Key Words: Audio Intelligibility, Acoustics, Acoustic Characterization, Audio Chamber, Audio Test Equipment, Language Intelligibility, Microphones, Digital Recording, Audio Recording Software, Smart Devices, Digital Assistant