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ChatChart - RealTime Feedback on Group Discussion Time Share

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000127361D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Aug-25
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Aug-25
Document File: 3 page(s) / 32K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

The invention describes a simple mechanism that provides real-time feedback on "who is taking how much" in a discussion taking place in a collaborative exchange . The invention relies on the existing voice recording capabilities of most laptops and desktops (in the case of face-to-face meeting). The application would require a voice recognition software driver that differentiates and recognizes the voices of the various participants, and compute the percentage of time taking by those voices since the beginning of a session. The invention does not require pre-assignment of names or preconfigure/setup the application in any way. All the application needs to be able to do is a) Recognize the various voices participating in the meeting as distinct agents; b) Compute the percentage of the "up to now" time used by each agent; c) Show the data. The application would only require a one-click start and a simple, "one-click" user interaction Although the most obvious application of this method is in a face-to-face meeting, the technique can be applied in conference call (telephony) or instant messaging exchanges.

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ChatChart - RealTime Feedback on Group Discussion Time Share

The invention describes a simple mechanism to provide real-time feedback of who is taking how much of the discussion. The invention relies on the existing voice recording capabilities of most laptops and desktops. The application would require a voice recognition software driver that differentiates and recognizes the voices of the various participants, and compute the percentage of time taking by those voices since the beginning of a session. The invention does not require pre-assignment of names or preconfigure/setup the application in any way. All the application needs to be able to do is a) Recognize the various voices participating in the meeting as distinct agents; b) Compute the percentage of the "up to now" time used by each agent; c) Show the data. The application would only require a one-click start and a one-click finish user interaction

The application would be started at the beginning of the meeting (on-click start). Upon start, the following sequence of steps would take place:

1) An empty chart is displayed

2) The program would capture the voice of the first speaker and assign an "agent" to that voice.

3) As that first agent continues speaking, the program would compute the percentage of the time used by that voice (100% for the first agent).

4) As a different participant starts talking, the application would recognize the speaker either as a previously recorded voice or as a new voice. If a previously recorded voice, the application would aggre...