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Who we are

Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) research is sadly mostly largely done in big companies. Sure, talent is around, but it's really only in a less crowded space that you can really shine and see the impact that you can do. A.K.A. an early-stage startup, when you’re still a group of friends with a crazy ambition to change the world.

What if you could change 400M lives by building the first AI system able to transcribe group conversations ? Turn a lifetime of frustration into a deep connection?

Ava aims at captioning the world to make it fully accessible, 24/7, to deaf & hard-of-hearing people. Mobile-first, the app is the fastest & most advanced captioning system in the world, beating what tech giants have done, by cleverly using speech and speaker identification technologies to make conversations between deaf & hard-of-hearing people and hearing people possible.

At Ava, the CEO is the only hearing person in a family of deaf people, and the CTO is deaf and non-speaking - both were Forbes 30 under 30 2017. We use our ASR-based product everyday to communicate. We’re working with companies such as GE, Airbus, Salesforce, but also universities, stores, and even churches to fulfill our mission to make the world truly accessible.

They talk about us: TechCrunch, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, TF1, Le Figaro, Le Monde.

What we need to get to the next level?

You - someone with someone with great programming skills and ideally prior exposure to Machine Learning. The core of your mission will be to build and maintain the pipeline involved to transcribe real world group conversations (multi-devices). This includes backend development (NodeJS, MongoDB) to handle and process data from devices and Python to create and deploy machine learning models.

The signal is acquired via an array of ad-hoc microphones, and is processed to guess who says what, using a set of techniques: source localization, voice recognition, microphones calibration, speech recognition, source separation… all in real time.

If you are more on the developer side and interested to improve your data skills, Ava will provide you with a great environment to have a real impact.

Our stack: Node.JS, Python, AWS, Docker, Redis, MongoDB, React, jenkins, Terraform.

Interested to learn more about it? Let’s chat.

Especially if:

  • You have strong skills in NodeJs, Python and AWS.
  • You've had the responsibility of a technical infrastructure in production.
  • You ambition to be a pioneer in the field, and do what is necessary to make things work in real world situations.
  • Experience working with data scientists is a plus.

What we offer:

  • An opportunity to apply cutting-edge technologies to solve real world problems, right now.
  • A very motivated R&D team: the goal is to create a collaborative atmosphere where everyone can improve and learn.
  • Empowering and fast-paced working environment.
  • Competitive salary and equity opportunity.
  • The job will be based in our Paris office.

Interested? Let us know at alex@ava.me.

Meet your team

People you would work with in this role

Alexandre Hannebelle

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Master student on Applied Maths/ML at France's leading institute for advanced science studies. Specialisation in Machine Learning.

Cédric Rommel

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Ava Accessibility at a glance

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Ava Accessibility focuses on Mobile, SaaS, Healthcare, Health Care Information Technology, and Artificial Intelligence. Their company has offices in San Francisco and Paris. They have a small team that's between 11-50 employees. To date, Ava Accessibility has raised $1.845M of funding; their latest round was closed on November 2016.

You can view their website at http://www.ava.me/ or find them on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Product Hunt.

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