Friday, May 23, 2008

Speech Technologies Seminar 2008

The Speech Technologies Group at the IBM Haifa Research Lab (HRL) invites speech professionals to a full-day seminar on Speech Technologies, to be held on Wednesday, July 2, 2008.

This full-day seminar provides a forum for the research and development communities from both academia and industry to share their work, exchange ideas, and discuss issues, problems, and work-in-progress, as well as future research directions and trends. The seminar agenda will be posted at a later date. It will include frontal presentations and a poster session.

The seminar will take place at the HRL site on the Haifa University campus, in the auditorium (room L100). Lunch and light refreshments will be served. Participation is free.

See http://www.haifa.il.ibm.com/Workshops/speech2008/index.shtml for detail.

Program
09:00 Registration

09:30 Opening Remarks
Oded Cohn, Director, IBM Haifa Research Lab

09:45 Challenges of Speech Solutions in Call Centers
Nava Shaked, Manager, CRM & Call Center, IBM Israel

10:15 Actionable Intelligence via Speech Analytics
Ofer Shochet, Senior VP, VERINT

10:45 Discriminative Keyword Spotting
Joseph Keshet, IDIAP

11:15 Break

11:30 Recent Advances in Speech Dereverberation
Emanuel Habets, Bar-Ilan University & Technion

12:00 On Improving the Quality of Small Footprint Concatenated Text-to-Speech Synthesis Systems
David Malah, Head of Signal Processing Lab, Technion
12:30 Keynote. Superhuman Speech Recognition: Technology Challenges and Market Adoption
David Nahamoo, Speech CTO and Business Strategist, IBM Watson Research Center

13:30 Lunch

14:30 Using Speech Processing Technologies in Audio Search Applications
Ido Itzhaki, Director, Business Development, NSC

15:00 Intra-class Variability Modeling for Speech Processing
Hagai Aronowitz, IBM Haifa Research Lab

15:30 Retrieving Spoken Information by Combining Multiple Speech Transcription Methods
Jonathan Mamou, IBM Haifa Research Lab

16:00 Poster Session & Refreshments

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