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January 16, 2009

Loquendo Sponsors Speech Technology Courses at University of Trento

By Stefania Viscusi, Assignment Desk Editor

In a bid to help further the development of research and advancement in speech technologies, as well as to provide support for students studying in the field, speech technologies provider Loquendo has announced it is sponsoring an international master’s degree in Human Language Technology and Interfaces (HLTI) at the University of Trento.
Not only is Loquendo (News - Alert) providing students and staff with access to the latest speech technologies as part of the sponsorship, but the company will also offer hands-on training and experience through work placement at Loquendo. Other projects will also be conducted at research and industry labs to help students learn basic techniques, theories and applications for speech technologies.
Paolo Coppo, VP of Marketing and Business Development at Loquendo said, "This course offers an extremely high standard of training and practical experience, and represents a valuable collaboration between industry and the academic world. We look forward to working together with students over the coming years."

Since 2001, when national CENSIS ranking began in Italy, The University of Trento has remained one of the top universities with a top faculty and first place recognition for many of its disciplines.
"Students are supported by researchers and technologists that are world leaders in their respective fields. In this mission we have been supported by companies, such as Loquendo, that believe in bridging the gap between academia and industry, and that have taken an active role in this process," said Professor Giuseppe Riccardi, Director of the Master’s in Human Language Technology and Interfaces at the University of Trento.

Along with this sponsorship, Loquendo is also working with other academic institutions in support of research and innovation in speech technologies.
Just last month, the company announced it will sponsor Masters and PhD Speech Studies for Spain's National Research Council (CSIC).
“It is an honor to be invited to take part in an initiative promoted by such a highly renowned organization as CSIC. This confirms the increasing importance of speech technologies and Loquendo’s leadership in this field”, said Rosanna Duce, VP International Sales, Loquendo.
“The quality of academic training these students will receive guarantees an excellent source of highly skilled professionals to support our future market plans.”
For more, be sure to check out the Speech Recognition and Text to Speech channel on TMCnet.
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Stefania Viscusi is an assignment editor for TMCnet, covering VoIP, CRM, call center and wireless technologies. To read more of Stefania’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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