Projects

Alana was born at the Interaction Lab at Heriot Watt University. Our team has proven its technology on the world stage. We’ve listed five of them below…

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Amazon Alexa Prize

THE ALANA TEAM HAS PLACED 3rd TWICE IN THE ALEXA PRIZE

From a field of 250 teams from the most esteemed academic institutions in the world, the Alana team at the Interaction Lab has finished 3rd in the last two competitions (2017 & 2018).

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MuMMER 

MuMMER  is a four-year, EU-funded project

Mummer can interact autonomously and naturally in the dynamic environments of a public shopping mall, by combining a variety of interaction modalities, such as speech, graphics, gesture, vision, and Natural Language.

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Spring 

The SPRING project is developing Alana in a healthcare setting, for elderly patients at the BROCA hospital, Paris. Together with PAL robotics and other partners, Alana will greet and entertain patients, as well as manage their appointment schedule and guide them in the hospital. Alana will handle multi-person conversations with patients, carers, hospital staff, and companions.

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Speech Graphics

Alana has been integrated with graphical virtual characters built by SpeechGraphics – who provide facial animation and lip-syncing for AAA games such as Fortnite and Tomb Raider. The combined system supports emotionally responsive social conversation with graphical characters.

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GRID Building

The GRID project has developed Alana as a smart-building host and interface – the “voice of the building”. In the GRID building at Heriot-Watt University, Alana directs visitors and students to rooms and facilities, performs live search for resources (e.g. a free desk or computer), gives live event and meeting information, and acts as a virtual receptionist, as well as performing social and entertainment functions.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

London Office

The Stanley Building
7 Pancras Square King’s Cross, London N1C 4AG

New York Office

48 West 38th Street
10th Floor,
New York 10018 

Edinburgh Office

GRID
Heriot-Watt University,
Edinburgh EH14 4AS

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