Robocoast Partner Search: How could machines detect and interpret human emotions from speech?


Is it possible for machine or algorithm to understand emotions from speech data, meaning not the words but the sound waves / spectrogram that speech creates?

Onerva, a Finnish startup-company focused on eldercare, is developing Onerva-bot – a voice-operated virtual assistant. Onerva-bot can have actual conversations with aging homecare customers: ask how they are doing, do they need help, have they taken medication etc.

In addition to understanding the intent, context and meaning from speech, Onerva is interested in understanding emotions (without asking them). Is the customer in stress, worries, afraid, calm or happy?


Now Robocoast is searching partners for Onerva to cooperate with this challenge. See the video to know more!



Are you interested? Please contact us latest at 5.8.2019 to email:


The partner search is organised as a part of the “Robocoast R&D Center – Robotics Living Lab for companies” project funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Regional Council of Satakunta.