Build Your Own Siri: An Open-Source Digital Assistant

Schermafdruk 2015-03-15 08.25.43Major tech companies have been able to provide people with personal digital assistants on mobile devices, allowing people to do things like set alarms or get answers to questions simply by speaking. Some startups have been striving to develop their own smart assistants, but none has yet been able to challenge Apple, Google, or Microsoft. Perhaps following the arrival of Sirius, that could change. (Source: Venture Beat)

Sirius, built by University of Michigan engineering researchers, is similar to Siri, Microsoft Cortana, Google Now and Amazon’s Echo– robust applications that accept voice instructions and questions, interpret them and answer in spoken words.

Sirius even uses many of the same “fancy algorithms,” says Jason Mars, U-M assistant professor of computer science and engineering and co-director of Clarity Lab where Sirius was developed. But unlike its expensive and locked-down commercial counterparts, Sirius is free and can be customized.

Sirius can be described as the Linux of intelligent personal assistants. It is an open end-to-end standalone speech and vision based intelligent personal assistant (IPA) service s Sirius implements the core functionalities of an IPA including speech recognition, image matching, natural language processing and a question-and-answer system.  The full academic paper on Sirius is published on March 14th at the International Conference on Architectural Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems (ASPLOS) 2015.

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