The formal establishment is in 2012 by Michiel Sanders, but the basis of ITSLanguage has its origins in ITSLearning Nederland, a company that was co-founded by Michiel. At ITSLearning he got to know education and the added value of ICT.
Start research speech technology
Together with the University of Sheffield research and development of speech technology and automated assessment of speech is being executed. It concerns a research program of a few years.
Cooperation with schools
Together with dozens of schools tens of thousands of audio recordings are made, anonymized and assessed by language teachers. This annotated data will be used to develop algorithms and validate reliability.
Prototype for Pronunciation Assessment
Research means exploring new methodologies and technologies. It is uncertain how much time and effort is needed to get the required performance. We started with common technology, but didn’t succeed. The correlation between human assessment and machine assessment didn’t meet our quality criteria.
Deep Neural Networks and Machine learning
The speech technology for pronunciation quality assessment is improved by using deep neural networks. The algorithms are trained via machine learning. This leads to a promising progress, the quality is improved considerably. According to the researchers, it is a brand new system using state-of-the-art technology.
The software development team is extended. There are now not only two researchers, but also three software engineers working to develop the cloud platform. The speech technology algorithms are being developed further to a safe, scalable and robust speech technology services.
Investment by Sanoma Ventures
With this capital investment, the team is able to further speed up the development. Besides it leads to synergy advantages for an international roll out.
Via an easy Speech API, we are able to give access to the speech technology in the Cloud.
We are proud to give a selected number of customers access to our services.
UI/UX Designer Jesse van Beek joins ITSLanguage, now we are better able to meet the needs of our customers who want us to build web tools, apps, and games that use our speech technology.
Loudly comes to life
Game studio Weber Interactive and ITSLanguage settle a strategic partnership to launch a new generation vocabulary trainer. It will be a serious game that will use speech technology. This initiative is supported by Innomacc and several schools.
Several large publishers signed up for solutions of ITSLanguage. Ranging from the streaming speech recorder to pronunciation assessment and more advanced speech and language technology solutions to assess speaking skills.
Want to have influence on our timeline?
You can join the team in any way that suits you. As a side job where you put in any amount of hours from our office or your home. As an internship or a full time job.