Research Niche Areas
MuST (Multilingual Speech Technologies)
MuST specializes in the creation and use of speech technology for languages in which few resources are available, with a technology focus on automatic speech recognition (ASR) and a geographical focus on Southern Africa. MuST, along with its partners at the CSIR Meraka Institute, has played a leading role in the creation of speech resources for the 11 official languages of South Africa.
The research team - consisting mainly of engineers and computer scientists actively involved in Speech Technology and Pattern Recognition Research. The research group collaborates in various local and international research projects, working with partners and clients from industry, government and NGOs.
At MuST researchers create and apply speech technologies within a multilingual context. They provide a focused, project-oriented learning environment to younger researchers, and provide senior researchers with significant freedom in choosing how they contribute to the group’s activities. Initiated from the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology on the Vaal Triangle Campus, the research activities include a small student presence at the CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) in Pretoria, as well as a satellite research office in Hermanus, where group members and visiting scientists can spend time away from it all, in an environment that is conducive towards focused research.
Prof Marelie Davel