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Smart, automatic sequencing of multiple simultaneous conversations in a conference

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000198132D
Publication Date: 2010-Jul-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 24K

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Abstract

In the event of a communication impasse during a group discussion, where at least two participants are speaking at the same time, the disclosed system determines to whom the opportunity to speak should go. To do this, the system monitors the ongoing communication event and analyzes the audio stream using different techniques and heuristics. The system then assigns priority levels to the speakers.

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Smart, automatic sequencing of multiple simultaneous conversations in a conference

One of the problems often encountered in meetings, be it face to face or over the telephone, is when two or more participants, in the course of a discussion, begin to speak at the same time. In most cases, this often causes the group discussion to come to halt while the "colliding" speakers attempt to resolve who will yield to whom, and at last one yields and the other continues. This is disruptive to the discussion and wastes time. It is especially difficult in teleconference meetings since this may occur often during the course of a single call and the participants do not have the benefit of face to face visual feedback.

One existing solution deals with an entire pre-recorded stream. (1) The discussed invention works with short bursts of a real-time live stream. There are no other known solutions.

The invention disclosed here pertains to a system and methods that will facilitate the resolution of the before mentioned "communication collision". Areas of application include teleconferences, recordings, video conferences, and other group interaction settings.

At a high level, the system monitors the ongoing teleconference and analyzes the audio stream using different techniques and heuristics. The goal is to automatically, in real-time, determine which speaker holds priority in the event that a communication collision such as the before mentioned takes place. In other words, this system and method determines which speaker's audio stream is heard over the other speakers' when multiple participants simultaneously begin speaking.

Such a system helps meetings run more efficiently by decreasing discussion interruptions, while also saving time spent resolving communication collisions.

One embodiment of this invention consists of a system (associated with them communication transport) which monitors the multiple streams of audio in real time and which upon detection of a communication collision (i.e., multiple participants speaking simultaneously) applies one of t...