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System to recommend seating plan based on normal talking volume of meeting participants

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000237993D
Publication Date: 2014-Jul-24
Document File: 2 page(s) / 107K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system that detects the normal speaking volume of meeting participants and allocates a meeting seating plan to ensure that all participants can be heard by the call recipient(s). Meeting participants whose normal talking volume is louder than average are spread equally around the room, enabling other meeting attendees to hear clearly, follow, and participate in the discussion.

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System to recommend seating plan based on normal talking volume of meeting participants

During teleconferences in which multiple participants seated around a large table or throughout a room share a single input device for the call, the audibility of said participants is affected by factors such as naturally louder or softer voices. As some

people have naturally louder voices or better voice projection, particularly if such people are gathered closely together, the voices of quieter participants who are positioned farther from the input device become obscured. In such a case, participants on the other side of the call have trouble hearing all of the speakers and following the conversation.

In an ideal world, all participants have an equal voice.

The core contribution to knowledge is a system that detects the normal speaking volume of meeting participants and allocates a meeting seating plan to ensure that all participants can be heard by the call recipient(s). Meeting participants whose normal talking volume is louder than average are spread equally around the room, enabling other meeting attendees to hear clearly, follow, and participate in the discussion.

This system comprises the following components:


• A microphone to make a short recording of each meeting participant's normal speaking voice


• A database to store the audio information for each meeting participant and

  associate that information with the participant's employee identification for later retrieval
• A calendar database to query for meetings and meeting participants


• A room reservation database to query for meeting room and seating plan

information

The first time a user interacts with the system, the user...