Anonymous Real-Time Speech

Intelligence Value

The ARTS program aims to develop novel algorithms that will modify spontaneous speech in real-time to protect an individual’s privacy.


Countless electronics in modern life, like smart phones, digital assistants, televisions, remote controls, and even appliances, have microphones that are always listening for speech signals, using voice driven technologies to interact with people. But recorded speech contains a wealth of personal, sensitive information that can be exploited by privacy threats such as biometric recognition, background profiling, and emotional screening; a person’s speech can reveal not only their identity, but also static traits, such as dialect, gender, and age, as well as dynamic traits, such as fear, stress, and anger. The ARTS program aims to develop new methods that will anonymize conversational speech without degrading usability. The capabilities developed in this program will overcome threats to privacy such as speaker identification software, human evaluation of static traits, and automated classification of dynamic traits. The program desires novel software-based systems suitable for conversations, with the transformed speech that is understandable, sounds natural, and operates in real-time. 




ARTS Proposers' Day Registration Site

Sam.Gov Reference

ARTS Teaming Form

ARTS Technical Description 



Contact Information

Program Manager

Dr. Mark Becker


Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)

Link(s) to BAA


Solicitation Status


Proposers' Day Date

June 27, 2023

BAA Release Date

September 7, 2023

Proposal Due Date

October 23, 2023

Program Summary