ORLANDO, Fla. — Parseval ElectroAcoustical Engineering, a client of the UCF Business Incubator at Central Florida Research Park, is participating in the National Science Foundation (NSF) Hearables Challenge, a worldwide innovation contest.
Pierce Mooney, founder and CEO of the company that develops custom soundscapes for the workplace and advanced audio products for the consumer market, said he is optimistic the results will accelerate time to market since the goal of the challenge directly aligns with the strategic focus of Parseval.
The goal of the National Science Foundation’s the Hearables Challenge is to find solutions such as algorithms or methods to improve clarity of conversation in a noisy setting. Hearing is our primary sense of safety. In today’s workplace, our minds are overstimulated by speech, to the constant detriment of our default state of peace, where we can be extraordinarily productive.
For the 30 million Americans over the age 12 with hearing loss, including veterans, poor acoustical environments are even more problematic. Hearing worsens with age, impairs communication and the devices available today do not address the problem.
“We have some pre-existing algorithms that we are able to adapt for the NSF Hearables Challenge which requires to a near real-time processing time to achieve clear separation of an individual speaker from other speakers and surrounding noise. Although a lot of research has been done, no one to date has created a satisfactory solution. We believe we can be the first to accomplish that,” said Mooney.
The challenge offers an $80,000 first prize and a $60,000 second prize along with an invitation to present at Ubicomp 2017 in Maui Sept.13-15, an event organized in conjunction with the International Symposium on Wearable Computers, bringing together professionals to share information and advances.
The NSF Hearables Challenge comes just weeks after Parseval announced their intent to invent such an algorithm during another NSF program.
An $80,000 first prize and a $60,000 second prize will be awarded to the winners of the Challenge along with an invitation to present at Ubicomp 2017 in Maui Sept.13-15, an event organized in conjunction with the International Symposium on Wearable Computers bringing together professionals to share information and advances.
“We are excited not only about participating in such an important advancement for humanity – the separation of speech from noise for hard-to-hear situations and for the hard of hearing – but also about the worldwide acceleration in this field.
Parseval’s mission is the eradication of noise pollution through Active Noise Control of the 22nd century. Their team of machine learning/algorithm developers work with a core of passionate audio engineers who come from a broad range of academic and professional backgrounds.
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Pierce Mooney, founder and CEO, Parseval ElectroAcoustical Engineering, 307-217-6863 firstname.lastname@example.org
Carol Ann Dykes, Site Manager, UCF Business Incubation Program, 407-207-7426;
Larry Vershel or Beth Payan, Larry Vershel Communications, 407-644-4142, Lvershelco@aol.com
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