Will be working with the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) which funds innovative, exploitable ideas that could lead to a cost-effective advantage for UK armed forces and national security.

DASA has selected Liopa to take part in a new initiative. It will be investigating how behavioural analytics can improve understanding and measurement, help make confident and ethical predictions, and guide better judgements on interventions for defence and security.

DASA, a cross-Government organisation, finds and funds exploitable innovation to support UK defence and security quickly and effectively, and support UK prosperity. Its vision is for the UK to maintain its strategic advantage over its adversaries through the most innovative defence and security capabilities in the world.

Liopa will leverage its existing Visual Speech Recognition (VSR) technology which deciphers speech from analysis of Lip Movements for activities such as key word spotting. The existing VSR engine takes, as input, video of a subject(s) speaking. It uses advanced AI-Based techniques to predict most likely utterances. Liopa will adapt its technology to identify utterances of specified words in uploaded video content, where audio is either not present or of very poor quality.

“This competition set out to find and fund a wide range of exciting and diverse proposals to advance Behaviour Analytics capabilities for the Defence and Security sector. A large number of high quality proposals were received and we are delighted to offer Liopa this contract through the Defence and Security Accelerator,” commented Richard Leigh, Influence Programme Manager, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory.

Liam McQuillan, Founder and CEO, Liopa, said, “This represents a considerable stamp of approval. We were able to show how our idea will work, and how it fits in with a larger ecosystem and other data analytics feeds. We’ve the relevant Artificial Intelligence expertise and capability inhouse, and we’ll also be looking to grow our team of experts in Belfast.”

LIOPA secures Innovate UK Funding, along with partners Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Queen’s University Belfast. They will deploy a communications aid for tracheostomy patients, aimed at improving patient engagement and autonomy.

Liopa, a spin out of the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) has announced that it is to deliver a prototype patient/carer communications aid. Tracheostomy patients will use it in critical care environments.

Working along with Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Queen’s University Belfast, Liopa will develop SRAVI (Speech Recognition App for the Voice Impaired). Compared to the limited alternatives available, SRAVI will provide an easy-to-use, accurate and cost effective method for communication between these patients, their family members and healthcare staff. SRAVI will integrate with LipRead, Liopa’s artificial intelligence engine for Visual Speech Recognition.

The initial project will focus on a select group of tracheostomy patients (approximately 10,000 tracheostomies are performed annually in the UK). They will struggle to vocalise but be able to move their lips normally. Whilst the initial prototype will support a limited vocabulary in English, the application can be further developed to support larger vocabularies across multiple languages.

Clinical Professor Danny McAuley at QUB’s Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine and Consultant at the Belfast Trust commented, “The inability to communicate during an ICU stay is a major source of morbidity for patients, family and staff. A patient’s non-verbal attempts to communicate are often difficult to understand. This can be frustrating for patients and carers. This novel approach may allow better communication between the patient, staff and family from an early stage.”

“This is an innovative application of our proven AI-based Visual Speech Recognition (VSR) system LipRead. LipRead analyses and translates lip movements into recognisable words. The technology allows the translation of lip movement to text using a mobile app on a mobile device. It requires very little training and is inexpensive,” said Liam McQuillan, Co-founder and CEO, Liopa. He continued, “SRAVI can be deployed on commodity smartphones and tablets, that can be used by multiple patients.  Alternative technologies, such as ‘eye-gaze’ systems, require bespoke hardware and are generally much more expensive.”

Shondipon Laha is a Consultant in Critical Care and Anaesthesia at Lancashire Teaching Hospital. He explained further, “This project will address a government priority to implement new digital solutions in the NHS. SRAVI will deliver improved patient-carer communications for patients with tracheostomies. It therefore reduces rehabilitation times in expensive ICU settings.”

The project will run for 9 months. It will include an evaluation phase, carried out in hospital critical care environments in Lancashire and Belfast. It has been funded by UK Research and Innovation. This new organisation brings together the UK Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England. It creates the best environment for research and innovation to flourish, to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

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