DefinedCrowd JapanがHmcommとのパートナーシップを発表

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Hmcommの名前は「human-machine communication(ヒトとマシンのコミュニケーション)」に由来しており、ASR(自動音声認識)分野における革新的なAIソリューションを開発しています。DefinedCrowdの高品質なトレーニングデータを活用することにより、HmcommのAIは次なるレベルへと発展を遂げるでしょう。



ソニー株式会社のイノベーションファンド室にてシニアインベストメントマネジャーを務める北川 純氏から、次のようにお言葉をいただきました。

「ソニーグループの投資先であるスタートアップ2社間での戦略的パートナーシップ締結の基本合意について、心よりお喜び申し上げます。Machine Learningを活用した音声認識精度最大化の両輪となる『アルゴリズム』、『トレーニングデータ』それぞれの領域において、数多くの導入実績と顧客数を持つ両社が連携することにより、新技術のさらなる社会実装が推進され、画期的な顧客体験がもたらされることを期待しております。」




DefinedCrowd Japan announces strategic partnership with Hmcomm


We are delighted to announce our partnership with Hmcomm Inc, a leader in speech recognition technology in Japan and a fellow Sony-backed startup. A strategic move for both businesses, our joining poses great potential for the development of next-generation solutions in AI.

Hmcomm – whose name is derived from human-machine communication – develops innovative AI solutions in the field of automatic speech recognition (ASR). DefinedCrowd will be providing them with high-quality training data to take their AI initiatives to the next level. Our Founder and CEO expressed her enthusiasm about the joint venture:

“We are thrilled to partner with Hmcomm. It’s an exciting opportunity to collaborate with a fellow Sony-backed company that is a leader in speech recognition technology in Japan. We look forward to helping improve Hmcomm’s ASR model with high quality training data.”

Dr. Daniela Braga, Founder and CEO, DefinedCrowd

An AI startup spun out of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Hmcomm has developed ground-breaking solutions in their field, combining both dictionary model learning and emotional annotation processes. DefinedCrowd’s ability to provide efficient and reliable speech annotation through our unique combination of machine learning technology and human intelligence, means we’re perfectly positioned to deliver added value to Hmcomm’s work.

“We’re happy to announce our partnership with DefinedCrowd, a Sony investee company like us. To enable the social implementation of AI, access to a data collection platform with high-quality is key. I’m excited to collaborate with a global leader in AI data like DefinedCrowd that elevates our solution dramatically and rapidly.”

Koji Mitsumoto, CEO, Hmcomm

Our partnership is further endorsed by Mr. Jun Kitagawa, Senior Investment Manager of Sony’s Innovation Fund: “We sincerely look forward to the formation of a strategic partnership between the two startups that Sony has chosen to support. As experts in algorithms and training data technology, two fundamental pillars in the maximization of speech recognition accuracy through Machine Learning, the collaboration between these companies holds great potential. Both have shown rapid customer growth with outstanding results and we look forward to further promoting their work as they bring about revolutionary customer experiences through new and innovative technologies.”

Founded by a linguistics expert and with quality and global scale as two of our core values, this partnership is a perfect example of DefinedCrowd’s commitment to raising the bar on an international level. We couldn’t be more excited to see the results of our joint efforts with Hmcomm and look forward to working closely with our new partners in Japan.