Multilingual Speech Technologies (MuST) is a research niche area affiliated with the Faculty of Engineering. Our work is focused on the study of machine learning and statistical pattern recognition, with a strong track record of applying these in speech processing applications. We have a specific interest in deep learning techniques and their application in various domains, including speech and language processing.
MuST consists of North-West University researchers and students actively involved in statistical pattern recognition, machine learning and multilingual speech technology research. The core MuST research group is small but collaborates widely, and is active in various local and international research projects, working with partners and clients from industry, government, and NGOs. We are also proud to be a node of the South African National Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research (CAIR). Researchers and students from MuST participate regularly in local and international workshops and conferences, such as AAAI, Interspeech, SLTU, ICASSP and SACAIR.
At MuST we provide a focused, project-oriented learning environment to younger researchers, and provide senior researchers with significant freedom in choosing how they contribute to the group’s activities. Our research activities include a student lab in Potchefstroom, linking with remote students (at different university campuses or in industry) as well as a satellite research office in Hermanus, where group members and visiting scientists can spend time in an environment that is conducive towards focused research.