Virtual Laboratory: Alveo


Lead Organisation: University of Western Sydney

Alveo is a virtual laboratory that provides human communication science researchers all over Australia with infrastructure to store data collections, analysis tools, and workflows in a common environment, allowing researchers to study speech, language, text, and music on a larger scale.


  • Human Communication Science scientists
  • Researchers
  • Academics


  • Access to non-technical researchers via workflow tools, stored protocols, and interactive GUIs, while retaining capacity for more sophisticated analyses.
  • Interoperability by incorporating HCS corpora from various platforms (e.g., Windows, Mac OS, Linux), and ensuring compatibility with other with major systems in Australia and internationally by virtue of our Product Owner’s intimate domain knowledge and wide collaborations.
  • Provides online infrastructure for accessing human communication data sets, speech, texts, music and video, and for using specialised tools for searching, analysing and annotating the data.

Alveo has really inspired me to consider new ways of approaching my research.

Professor Denis Burnham, Director of the MARCS Institute at the Western Sydney University

Alveo is a partnership between 13 organisations led by University of Western Sydney and acknowledges funding from the Nectar project.

PrintNectar is supported by the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy to establish eResearch infrastructure in partnership with Australian research institutions, organisations and research communities. The University of Melbourne has been appointed as the Lead Agent.