Emma Meersman (Garfield ’12) was a Microsoft intern the summer after her junior year. She had taken Exploring Computer Science and worked on 3 Xbox-related projects at Microsoft Research.
Here’s how she describes her project:
“The Xbox Kinect currently does not make full use of its speech interface. To change this, the Microsoft Speech Team is conducting user studies to gain a wide variety of voice samples that help to improve the speech recognition algorithms. Also, by recognizing common speech patterns when applied to a constant situation, we can begin to designate groups of certain phrases to be used in popular Kinect Games. Likewise, we are also working with a driving simulator to measure the ability of drivers to concentrate in unexpected situations when given alerts as they interact with people and technology.”