SBIR and STTR Success Story for
Lexical Technology

(Information Posted/Updated on 10/02/2006)

Lexical Technology
950 Marina Village Parkway,
Suite 100
Alameda,, CA  94501

Contact:    Mark Tuttle
Phone:      (510) 865-8500
Fax:          (510) 865-1312

Project Title:  Voice Recognition Front-End to Cancer Knowledge Sources
Related Award(s):  N44-CO-33071
Technology Developed:
Developed an interface that integrates isolated-word speech for entering a search query and continuous speech for accessing retrieved information. Gained an understanding of conversational interaction between humans and machines and implementing a dialog that incorporates conversational features. Recognized the need for a speech interface to adapt to the user’s level of expertise — whether a new or experienced user — and implementing voice prompts that make this adaptation.

Key Words:  speech interface, voice prompts, dialog, conversational features.
Uses of Technology/Products/Service:
Results of this SBIR contract were presented by project participants to the following organizations and audiences: American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) symposium (Washington, D.C.); Symposium on Computer Applications in Medical Care (SCAMC); ANSI Healthcare Informatics Standards Planning Panel (Crystal City, Virginia); ARPA Domain Specific Software Architecture Healthcare Meeting (John Silva, M.D., chairman); American College of Physicians (ACP); Lippincott & Co. (medical publisher); NIH Clinical Center; Illustra; Medical Library Association (annual meeting); International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) Working Group (Geneva, Switzerland); Healthcare Information and Management Systems (HIMSS) conferences (Phoenix, Arizona, and San Antonio, Texas); Medinfo’95 conference (Vancouver, Canada); National Cancer Institute (NCI); and the Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (AIM) spring symposium. Participants in this SBIR contract authored or co-authored fifteen publications related to SBIR activities. These appeared in journals such as Methods of Information in Medicine and in the proceedings of the Annual Symposium on Computer Applications in Medical Care (SCAMC) and of the annual American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meetings.

How Product Was Commercialized:
No direct commercialization resulted from the voice-recognition part of the SBIR. However, the work resulted in receiving another grant from the NAPBC program for our Stanford collaborators.