2019 Funded PhD and Research Assistantship Openings – ML/NLU/Dialogue

At the University of Trento ( Italy ) we are looking for highly motivated fresh graduate to join  our research team and work on Natural Language Understanding and Dialog Modeling and Systems. The Signals and Interactive Systems Lab at University of Trento attracts researchers from computational linguistics, psychology, electrical engineering and computer science to design, train and evaluate the...

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Seminar – April 9, 2019 @ 9.30 AM – Vocal Interaction with ‘Intelligent’ Machines: Are We Nearly There Yet?

Title: Vocal Interaction with ‘Intelligent’ Machines: Are We Nearly There Yet? When: April 9, 2019 Time: 9:30 AM Where: Room B104 ( Povo 2 ) Speakers : Roger Moore ( U Sheffield )   Abstract Recent years have seen considerable progress in the deployment of ‘intelligent’ communicative agents such as Apple’s Siri, Google Now, Microsoft’s Cortana and Amazon’s Alexa. Such...

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Seminar – April 1, 2019 @ 2.30 PM – Breaking the Natural Language Understanding pipeline

When: April 1, 2019 Time: 2:30-4:30pm Where: Room A204 ( Povo ) Speakers : Prof. Frédéric Béchet , U. Aix Marseille   Abstract Natural Language Understanding (NLU) is the process of producing semantic interpretations from words and other linguistic events that are automatically detected in a text document or a speech signal. The kind of semantic model used to express the interpretation of a...

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Seminar – March 12, 2019 @ 2 PM – Review of attention mechanisms in deep neural networks

WHEN: March 12, 2019 Time: 2pm WHERE: Garda Room, DISI Speakers : Prof. Renato De Mori ( McGIll University )   Abstract Recent encoder/decoder neural architectures with recurrent neural networks (RNN) including Long Short-Term Memory (LSTM) and Gated Recurrent Unit (GRU) elements have been used with impressive performance. Nevertheless, the inherently sequential nature of RNNs precludes...

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Seminar – January 17, 2019 @ 12 PM – Assessment and analysis of major depressive disorder based on speech – Augmentative and Alternative communication for people with speech disorders: living with pictograms

WHEN: January 17, 2019 Time: 12pm-1pm WHERE: Ofek Room, DISI Speakers : Prof. Eduardo LLeida and Prof. Alfonso Ortega, University of Zaragoza   Abstract 1: Assessment and analysis of major depressive disorder based on speech Major depressive disorder (MDD) affects around 7% of the adult population in Europe every year. Depression can be associated with premature mortality, risk of...

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Event – December 19th 16:30, Dialogue Models and Systems – Panel Event @IEEE SLT 2018

Talking to machines is not evoking science fiction scenes as it used to be in the sixties or even the nineties, any more. With the successful demonstration of industrial-strength enterprise and consumer facing dialogue systems, we now have a set of next-level questions that the community of dialogue researchers, business and consumer organizations, and policy makers are facing: What type of...

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