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OmniSpeech Demonstrates Technology at 2014 CES International

OmniSpeech Demonstrates Technology at 2014 CES International


OmniSpeech, an Mtech TAP incubator company, VentureAccelerator graduate and MIPS funding recipient, demonstrates its innovative speech enhancement software at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week.

OmniSpeech was founded by Professor Carol Espy-Wilson (ECE/ISR), whose invention takes a novel approach to the challenge of ensuring clear speech in noisy environments. OmniSpeech’s groundbreaking speech extraction technology, OmniClear, provides highest quality background noise reduction and speech enhancement, delivering superior voice quality and intelligibility in a software-only solution. She hopes to embed the technology in hearing aids by 2015.

Espy-Wilson is the CEO of OmniSpeech, an innovative software technology company aiming to revolutionize the enhancement of voice communication in speech-enabled applications and in digital mobile devices. OmniSpeech products are based on decades of research into the physiology of human speech.

At CES, the technology will be demonstrated by making an Internet-based voice call, and switching OmniSpeech on and off so listeners can hear the difference in sound quality. “We’re hoping we will establish several business partners as well as customers,” Espy-Wilson said about her company’s debut there.

OmniSpeech has leveraged many of the resources in the A. James Clark School of Engineering's Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech) entrepreneurship ecosystem, which guides companies from research to market through a broad portfolio of initiatives.

In 2010, OmniSpeech won the high technology category and $25,000, as well as a $15,000 Warren Citrin Social Impact Award, in the University of Maryland $75K Business Plan Competition. 

That same year, the company entered the Mtech VentureAccelerator Program, which speeds the process of venture creation by systematically mentoring inventors through new business processes. OmniSpeech also won the 2010 $50,000 SAIC-VentureAccelerator Competition, which supports commercially promising research employing scientific, engineering, and technology solutions to solve problems of vital importance to the nation and the world. 

In 2011, OmniSpeech received a $135,000 Mtech Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) grant to work with Shihab Shamma, a professor in the UMD department of electrical and computer engineering, to improve the company’s software.

In 2012, OmniSpeech graduated from VentureAccelerator and entered the Mtech Technology Advancement Program, the university's incubator for building successful technology companies. The company also raised $2 million in funding from private investors and won a $495,000 Phase 2 SBIR from the National Science Foundation in 2012.

January 9, 2014


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