RU presents Althingi with a speech analytic software


Jón Guðnason, Associate Professor at RU´s Department of Engineering, delivered a speech analytic software to the Icelandic Parliament, Atlhingi, formally last Saturday on Icelandic Language Day.

The Althingi speech-to-text software has already transcribed around 640 speeches. It was developed by scientists at RU´s Department of Engineering after an agreement was made with parliament in 2016. It is one of many interesting research projects being developed in language technology within RU´s Department of Engineering, Department of Computer Science, and Department of Psychology.

Afhending-talgreinis-1-Ragna Árnadóttir is presented with a typewriter as a symbol for the software by Jón Guðnason.

„The software changes the course, so to speak," said Ragna Árnadóttir, Speaker of Atlhingi, when she accepted the software. "It will not to only be of use to Atlhingi with analysis of speeches but has many other uses." The software uses AI to register 10 minutes of speeches in only three and a half minutes, with up to 90% of it correct, and facilitates the registration and online publication of the speeches.

„This formal presentation marks the end of a very successful and pleasant development phase and there are plenty of reasons to celebrate, altough this project is never truly finished,“ said Jón Guðnason.