Filipino Developer Wins Int'l Tilt with Talking Computer Application

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Who ever said that Filipinos are behind when it comes to technology should think again. Just recently one developer proved to the world that Filipinos thrive on innovation and endless possibilities when he was the only Asian chosen as one of the 12 finalists in the recently concluded "Made in Express Contest." He along with six Americans, an Australian, a Canadian, a European and a Pakistani turned their cool ideas into reality.

Roman Canlas, 28, was one of the 12 finalists who made it among 1,500 developers in the "Made in Express Contest," and also the recipient of the "Community Choice award," which was given to the finalist with the most number of votes from the public for his project. The "Made in Express Contest" is a global developer contest organized by Microsoft Corporation to promote the Express Editions of Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005. The Express Editions are an expansion of the Visual Studio and SQL Server product line to include lightweight, easy-to-use, and easy-to-learn tools for hobbyists, students, and novice developers who want to build dynamic Windows applications, Web sites, and Web services.

According to Canlas, "the great thing about the Express Editions of Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005 is that these are free. Aspiring developers and hobbyists like me can experiment on our ideas without making our pockets suffer." The Express products consist of the Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition, a lightweight tool for building dynamic Web sites and Web services; Visual Basic 2005 Express Edition; Visual C# 2005 Express Edition; Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition; and Visual J# 2005 Express Edition, targeted programming tools for students and hobbyists who wish to learn the fundamentals of Windows programming and also the SQL Server 2005 Express Edition, a database for building data-driven applications.

Combining speech and animation, "Dr. House", dubbed as the "curmudgeon chat bot," is a Speech Enabled One Word Sentence Completion Test Web Application. It is based on Artificial Intelligence and Speech Recognition that provides psychotherapy analysis based on the user's reactions and inputs. It is targeted for people who are having behavioral problems and it could also be used to give a clear definition of a person's character.

"The application is interactive and quite similar to counseling with a real therapist. It shall be the advent of the speaking, responding and thinking application," enthused Roman.

To make use of Dr. House, Microsoft Agent, software technology that enables an enriched form of user interaction that can make using and learning to use a computer, easier and more natural, must first be installed in the user's computer. …