WEST HAVEN >> When it comes time to graduate, most college students leave school with a diploma, whatever accumulated possessions they can cram into a vehicle and perhaps some debt. But four students in University of New Haven Assistant Professor Frank Breitinger\u2019s Senior Design Class just finished the year, and in three of their four cases graduated, with a voice recognition filing program design credit in their portfolios \u2014 done for a real-world company that may well use it to change the way businesses do their filing in the future. Not bad for three seniors and a junior who are just getting started as computer engineers. Breitinger, a native of Germany who is co-director of UNH\u2019s Cyber Forensics Research and Education Group, said the school\u2019s year-long project, usually done with an industry partner, is \u201cmore realistic\u201d than just \u201cme making up a story\u201d and having students design something that won\u2019t ever be used. In this case, graduating seniors Arianna Conti of Brewster, N.Y., Donald Sbabo and Joseph Ricci, both of North Haven, and junior Samuel Perreault of Providence, R.I. were hooked up with DocuWare, a Wallingford company that designs and sells document management systems and software. Eric Blair, DocuWare\u2019s director of research and development, described the software they came up with as \u201ckind of \u2018Siri for DocuWare\u2019\u201d that allows customers to simply request a document from their computers by doing the equivalent of inputting search terms simply by talking. The challenge is, making the software do that is a lot more complicated than it might seem from the outside. But they must have done something right. The project recently won a prize, taking third place among 59 entries for a senior research poster at a Poster Expo put on by the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges - Northeastern Region in Albany, N.Y. \u201cThis is the second year we\u2019ve worked with UNH,\u201d Blair said. \u201cBasically, we have an idea for something that interests us\u201d and \u201cwe offer that idea\u201d for a senior project. Two of Blair\u2019s colleagues \u2014 including his boss, DocuWare Vice President of Product and Quality Jon Langdon \u2014 are graduates of University of New Haven\u2019s master\u2019s degree in business program. According to Blair, for most customers, \u201ca version of our software runs in the cloud and you access it through your browser.\u201d The students began their work in September and only recently finished it. Conti, Sbabo and Ricci graduated this past Saturday. \u201cI think we\u2019re very happy about the way it turned out,\u201d said Perreault. \u201cIt accomplishes what we meant it to do\u201d as a \u201cproof of concept.\u201d But Sbabo, who will be going to grad school at UNH next year, said the software is \u201cdefinitely not\u201d ready to go to market. \u201cIt\u2019s basically a prototype,\u201d said Blair. \u201cWe look at the design choices that they made, and we may make our own design choices.\u201d At the start, \u201cwe understood we had some technical requirements,\u201d including that the software must be written in the computer language C# and had to be able to interface with DocuWare\u2019s systems via an application programming interface, said Perrault, the only one of the four who will still be a UNH undergrad next school year. Coming up with a solution that would enable software to successfully respond to voice commands required the students to use pretty much everything they learned in school, said Conti, who will go to work soon after graduation at Lockheed-Martin in Owego, N.Y. Ricci will go to work for Lodestone Security in Stamford. \u201cFor DocuWare, we had to go through an entirely different language\u201d from what they\u2019d used before, Conti said. \u201cI mean, I\u2019ve never used C# before.\u201d She also usually uses a Mac computer and had to do this project on a PC because that\u2019s usually what DocuWare\u2019s clients use. The most difficult thing, \u201cwas being able to break apart the sentence that someone just spoke\u201d into individual search terms, she said. To accomplish their goal, the students chose a solution that uses Microsoft\u2019s Bing speech detection technology. Their software establishes a connection to the Bing server \u201cand Bing handles the voice recognition\u201d end of it, Conti said. The students had worked together previously in various combinations, but never all four working together on the same project, they said.