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US Dept Interior / IARPA – Anonymous Real-Time Speech (ARTS) – DOI-BAA-ARTS-FY-24-01

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US Dept Interior / IARPA – Anonymous Real-Time Speech (ARTS) – DOI-BAA-ARTS-FY-24-01

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The US Dept of the Interior and IARPA are seeking proposals to develop novel systems that will modify spontaneous speech in real-time to protect and individual’s privacy.

NOTE: Non-US organisations must participate as a collaborator or sub-contractor to a US lead organisation.  There may be special requirements in relation to export controls, non-disclosure and security controls.

The ARTS program is seeking innovations to anonymise speech in near real-time by addressing the following three technical areas:

  • TA1 – Speaker De-Identification – modify speech signals so that speaker ID systems are unable to recognise the speaker
  • TA2 – Modification of Static Straits in Speech – remove existing traits in speech signals related to dialect, gender and age; and replace them with pre-selected traits
  • TA3 – Removal of Dynamic Traits in Speech – modify speech signals so that extracted features can’t be used to differentiate short-term states such as emotion and psychological state.

ARTS will be 3 year program with 2 phases of 18 months each (Base & Option phases).  Both phases and all technical areas must be addressed by proposals.

 

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Broad Agency Announcement – ARTS: DOI-BAA-ARTS-FY24-01