InterSpeech 2017: Banquet and a little bit of miracles

Time for relax, having fun and companionship😊

Here are some moments, which we have saved for you!

Bus trip / on the way to the banquet

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Banquet

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Magic (by Charlie Caper)

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By Tatiana Volkova of Stockholm University.

 

 

 

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InterSpeech 2017: Speech, Engineering and a little bit of ML

Tjenamårs! Det är näst sista dagen på InterSpeech 2017! Hard to believe, but Wednesday 23rd is penultimate day of our conference! Yesterday we had sessions for every taste. Just look at the number of people engaged in InterSpeech 2017 on Wednesday!

Let’s start from the beginning 😊 As on Tuesday, our morning started at half past eight at Aula Magna. Catherine Pelachaud , one of our prestigious keynote speakers, presented her research on the topic “Conversing with the Social Agents That Smile and Laugh”. Here is some further reading on the subject -> Interacting with Socio-emotional Agents
Prof. Pelachaud presented several studies about perceptions of Smile and Laugh. We enjoyed her demonstration videos, with compelling illustrations of smiling and laughing artificial agents. Catherine Pelachaud guided us through the ML and decision trees used to have those agents conveying emotions, like Alice from the ARIA-VALUSPA project. Prof. Pelachaud and her colleagues want to implement Linguistic and Social as well as personalized behavior in virtual agents like Alice.

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InterSpeech 2017 plenary sessions are available on Youtube.

After the keynote session and a short coffee break, it was a time for the next phase of oral, poster and special sessions, Show & Tell and exhibitions! The sessions were full of interested participants. It was wonderful to be part of it and it really warmed our hearts! The lively commitment to the scientific debate of issues on spoken language processing, speech perception, analyzes of speech, audio signals and conversations, paralinguistic aspects, etc., put on clear display Interspeech 2017’s role as an event contributing to the healthy scientific climate on speech research and technology.

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We hope that you have enjoyed InterSpeech 2017!

Coming soon: interviews with keynote speakers!

By Tatiana Volkova of Stockholm University.

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InterSpeech 2017: Good to know!

Here we would like to remind you about some sessions, which you can attend today!

TODAY (24 August 2017)

  • 8.30-9.30 Keynote 3: Björn Lindblom. Re-inventing speech – the biological way
  • 10.00-12.00 Discriminative Training for ASR
  • 10.00-12.00 and 13.30-15.30 Special Session: InterSpeech 2017 Computational Paralinguistics ChallangE (ComParE) 1 and 2
  • 10.00-12.00  Special Session: State of the Art in Physics-based Voice Simulation
  • 10.00-12.00 and 13.30-15.30 Show and Tell’ sessions
  • 13.00- 15.30 Open Doors Event (Do not forget to take CV)
  • 13.30-15.30 Neural Network Acoustic Models for ASR 3
  • 16.00-17.00 Closing Session

We hope that all of you are using our app “InterSpeech 2017”. Available both for Android and IOS. This app will help you to find events, in which you are interested in: time, location, speakers, topic.

 

By Tatiana Volkova of Stockholm University.

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InterSpeech 2017: Conquering new peaks!

Hur är läget? InterSpeech 2017:s tredje dagen! Unbelievable, we have passed the halfway in our conference! What have we had today? There was a mass of fantastic and valuable events!

Our morning had been started at half past eight at Aula Magna, where all our participants have had a great chance to know more about developing dialogue systems and ask their questions to James F. Allen. Here you can find more information about prof. Allen. In his keynote address, James Allen showed some examples of dialogue with AI assistant TRIPS, a helper to a human manager. Here the article, where you can read more about this research .

 

 

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InterSpeech 2017 plenary sessions are available on Youtube.

The block of open and post sessions started at 10.00. We learned about modelling of speech productions, analysis of speech, phonation and voice quality and had new session of Show & Tell, speaker characterization, models of speech perception, acoustic models, signal processing etc. There were several special sessions! Hope you could attend Speech and Human-Robot Interaction and Incremental Processing and Responsive Behaviour to know more about spoken dialog system and analysis of conversations. Another interesting and needed event was Students Meet Experts, where students could talk and share their research and ideas with expects from their fields! It was fantastic, was not it? 😊 Moreover, spinning in the crowd, we had communicated with some of company representatives and participants and figured out that there are interested in recruiting talented students and not only students! Don’t miss this chance of planning your future! Feel free to contact companies and other participants!

 

 

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We hope that you are enjoying InterSpeech 2017!

Coming soon: interviews with keynote speakers!

 

By Tatiana Volkova of Stockholm University.

 

 

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InterSpeech 2017: Good to know!

Here we would like to remind you about some sessions, which you can attend today!

TODAY (23 August 2017)

  • 8.30-9.30 Keynote 2: Catherine Palachaud. Conversing with social agents that smile and laugh.
  • 10.00-12.00 Speech Production and Physiology
  • 10.00-12.00 and 13.30-15.30 and 16.00-18.00 Special Session: Digital Revolution for Under-resourced Languages 1 and 2 and 3
  • 10.00-12.00 and 13.30-15.30 Show and Tell’ sessions
  • 13.30- 15.30 Cognition and Brain Studies
  • 13.30-15.30 Special Session: Computational Models in Child Language Acquisition
  • 16.00-18.00 Speaker Database and Anti-spoofing
  • 19.00-23.00 Banquet!

We hope that all of you are using our app “InterSpeech 2017”. Available both for Android and IOS. This app will help you to find events, in which you are interested in: time, location, speakers, topic.

 

By Tatiana Volkova of Stockholm University.

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InterSpeech2017: Moments today!

InterSpeech on Swedish National Radio

The Swedish National Radio (Sveriges radio), “P1 morgon” had a live sending from Interspeech this morning. Anna-Karin Sivberg gets acquainted with Furhat before going on air. Interview (Swedish)

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Meeting long-time speech science friends

James Allen’s keynote address

Situated interaction

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InterSpeech 2017: Dinner with friends or Welcome Reception

Hej-hej! Wow, party time! 😊 Yesterday evening we hope all of you have had a great time at our Welcome Reception. There were two locations:

  • Stadhuset
  • Teaterbaren

Interesting?  Here are some of our favourite photos from this party/dinner!

 

By Tatiana Volkova of Stockholm University.

 

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