IS2007: Alex Waibel - UCNet - UOC
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IS2007: Alex Waibel

Δημιουργός : ISCA
Ημερομηνία ανάρτησης : 17/12/2010, 15:06
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Κατηγορίες : ISCA


With just a click we can get to any information anytime and anywhere, yet language, cultural differences and poor interfaces still ensure that we are mystified and disconnected in many of life’s situations, nonetheless. Surely, overcoming such boundaries is a much harder problem, but does it have to remain unaddressed? Expanding human-human communication always proved to be good business and a worthy investment. Instead of focusing on the human-machine interface alone, can we perhaps devise computer enhanced human-human services, that support or empower human interaction, rather than diverting human attention in a human-machine dialog. Computers in a Human Interaction Loop (CHIL) are designed to provide such services. I will introduce CHIL computing services that are being developed at our lab as well as other sites, and the technologies that make them possible. I will then highlight and focus in on one CHIL service, that seems of particularly revolutionary potential to us: unlimited cross-lingual human-human communication. Free human interaction with anyone from language barriers! The potential seems endless, but the dream also harbors several formidable challenges: 1.) modality - how to process multilingual information when it is not in textual form, 2.) domain independence - how to process any content independent of topic or domain, 3.) language portability - how to handle the large (~6,000) number of languages, 4.) the interface - how to make the barrier disappear, and provide for cross lingual human-human interaction transparently. For each of these problems, I will describe ongoing work that begins to address these concerns.


Alex Waibel is a Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh and also Professor at the University of Karlsruhe (Germany). He directs InterACT, the international Center for Advanced Communication Technologies at both Universities with research emphasis in speech recognition, language processing, speech translation, multimodal and perceptual user interfaces. At Carnegie Mellon, he also serves as Associate Director of the Language Technologies Institute and holds joint appointments in the Human Computer Interaction Institute and the Computer Science Department. Dr. Waibel was one of the founders of C-STAR, the international consortium for speech translation research and served as its chairman from 1998-2000. Since 1990 his team has developed the JANUS speech translation system, the first integrated Speech Translation system in Europe and the US. Since 2000, his research team began work on domain independent speech translation leading to projects STAR-DUST and TC-STAR and to the demonstration of the first real-time simultaneous speech translation system for lectures in 2005. At InterACT, Dr. Waibel's team has also developed multimodal systems and computing services including perceptually aware Meeting Rooms, Meeting recognizers, Meeting Browsers and multimodal dialog systems for humanoid robots. He currently directs the CHIL program (a large FP-6 Integrated Project on multimodality) in Europe, the NSF-ITR project STR-DUST in the US. In the areas of speech, speech translation, and multimodal interfaces Dr. Waibel holds several patents and has founded and co-founded several successful commercial ventures. Dr. Waibel received the B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1979, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University in 1980 and 1986. His work on the Time Delay Neural Networks was awarded the IEEE best paper award in 1990. His contributions to multilingual and speech translation systems was awarded the “Alcatel SEL Research Prize for Technical Communication” in 1994, the “Allen Newell Award for Research Excellence” from CMU in 2002, and the Speech Communication Best Paper Award in 2002. WebSite:

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