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Wolof-speaking voice assistant

Published on:

2 April 2024

Primary Category:

Computation and Language

Paper Authors:

Elodie Gauthier,

Papa-Séga Wade,

Thierry Moudenc,

Patrice Collen,

Emilie De Neef,

Oumar Ba,

Ndeye Khoyane Cama,

Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba Kebe,

Ndeye Aissatou Gningue,

Thomas Mendo'o Aristide


Key Details

First ever voice assistant built for Wolof language

Collaboration between Orange Innovation, Orange Senegal, and Senegalese IT company

Allows access to loyalty program info by speech

Achieves 22% word error rate, 78% F1 score on test data

AI generated summary

Wolof-speaking voice assistant

This paper presents a proof-of-concept for the first voice assistant able to converse in Wolof, the primary language spoken in Senegal. The voice assistant is a collaboration between three companies, and allows Orange mobile customers to access information about a loyalty program by speaking naturally. Early results show the automatic speech recognition and natural language understanding components achieve reasonable performance, with word error rate of 22% and F1 score of 78% respectively.

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