Dr Peter Kelway - Principal Consultant - Words Worldwide Limited

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Dr Peter Kelway

Words Worldwide's principal consultant is Dr Peter Kelway. He has 26 years' experience in the field of speech technology in the UK and was responsible for its commercial introduction in the UK.

Peter's background is in engineering and computer technology and as a systems auditor with extensive experience as a consultant, trainer and trouble-shooter.

Words Worldwide is therefore available to assist individuals and companies of all sizes in the implementation of speech technology.

Details of consultancy experience:

Peter Kelway has 38 years' experience as a computer software professional. Since 1983 to the current date he has specialised in speech technology and has managed various companies developing and marketing products in this sector. He is now chairman of Words Worldwide.

Peter graduated as a Civil Engineer at Brighton University and obtained a second degree in Applied Science at the University of Sussex. He has many years of experience in teaching and research posts at the Department of Civil Engineering at the Universities of Brighton and Birmingham.

Main strengths: Wide experience in different types of organisation, both large and small, governmental and private, office-based, home and school. He has extensive experience of problem-solving with voice recognition and voice synthesis systems.

1968-1975: University research fellow working on computer systems for use in water engineering projects such as dam spillway design and storm sewers.

1975-1984: Water Resources Department of Northumbrian Water Authority as a hydrologist, moving to the Audit Department as Principal Computer Auditor for the last two years of his time there.

1984: British Maritime Technology (BMT) where he managed the CADCAM Centre, this forming part of the DTI's CADCAM Practical Awareness Centre. He gained experience in data management in the shipbuilding industry, working principally on MOD-funded projects.

1985: Appointed as a senior member of a team which designed and implemented the new CADCAM Centre for BMT at Wallsend-on-Tyne. Several contracts were awarded for CADCAM consultancy for the North Sea oil industry. During this time, became involved in pioneering work in speech technology and examined its viability for use in CADCAM applications. This led to the oddslot management of the European Commission's ESPRIT Project 449 (value £3m at 2009 prices) which explored the potential for speech technology for applications across Europe.

1986: Joined Voice Systems International in 1986 and managed the support of the pioneering Austin Rover implementation of speech recognition for vehicle inspection. This was the first major implementation of a speech recognition system in the world; the project had a total value of over £4m at 2009 prices. Other projects were worked on for Rolls Royce for voice-assisted blade inspection and Land Rover for voice-driven warehousing management.

1987: Following the large-scale migration of speech technology to desktop PCs, he anticipated a major growth in this area and decided to set up his own company to exploit this potential. The company's first area of work was with the European Commission and the Parliament, building on the ESPRIT project.

1988: Worked with Apricot Computers on a joint marketing venture to pursue opportunities in a new large vocabulary dictation system launched by Dragon Systems of the US. With Apricot's eventual withdrawal from this market for internal reasons, a direct link was established with Dragon Systems. His business remained the sole supplier in the UK and much of Europe of large vocabulary systems until 1993, when the sales network was expanded by Dragon, building on the earlier ground-breaking role.

1992: Worked with the Royal National Institute for the Blind, leading a small team in a project to develop an electronic newspaper using TV Teletext channels for transmission.

1993: Secured a significant contract (£250,000 at 2009 prices) with Alps Electric of Ireland for making recommendations on the most appropriate speech technology for a new range of products. A series of visits across the U.S. and Europe was made to explore the opportunities for collaboration.

1995: Awarded a grant by the DTI (£60,000 at 2009 prices), coupled with loan from Midland Bank to develop a speech recognition system for the Cantonese Chinese language for marketing in Hong Kong. The product "Incantation" was successfully developed but business uncertainty at the time of the handover of Hong Kong to China (1997) reduced the viability of the proposed venture, despite the establishment of several distribution outlets.

1996: Appointed by the European Commission to conduct a pilot research project (value £80,000 at 2009 prices) into the viability of developing cordless links for speech systems. He recommended that no further action be taken by the Commission because of the extent of competitive effort already in existence across Europe and further afield.

1997: Using technology developed for the Incantation system, he worked with a small team to further develop a product to assist people with sight problems. Contracts valued at £120,000 (2009 prices) were awarded by the Department of Employment for customising Keystone for use by its blind employees.

1998: Peter worked on the development of systems to assist in improving literacy levels, particularly for dyslexics.

1999 - current date: Peter managed the provision of training facilities and consultancy services to blue-chip companies, Government departments and agencies, local authorities, education authorities, schools and colleges.

2004: won a DTI competition which provided £20,000 funding to develop a Modern Languages teaching system using speech technology. This project is currently ongoing and has resulted in the development of Words Worldwide's RSVP range of language products.


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