Pierluigi Roberti, PhD, graduated in Compute r Science at the University Of Study of Padova (Italy).
I am a Programmer. I love to design and write programs and see how every single module, function and line of code falls into place, in endless forms most beautiful. This is why I’ve been attracted to informatics since a very young age and after years of studies it still keeps me passionate in this field. Generally, my main interests are distributed systems and web development, but lately I became fascinated by natural language processing and the careful work of machine learning involved. This project offers me a chance to test and expand my abilities in this new, exciting field.
The start of my scientific life began as an undergraduate student. I started the school at BRAC University, Dhaka, Bangladesh in the Spring of 2007. At the beginning I was decided to do my major in Electronics and Communication Engineering only. However while attending and assisting in programming and algorithm courses, I completely fell in love with the subjects and ended up doing my second major in Computer Science. As my thesis, I decided to implement a continuous Bangla speech recognition system for agro domain, which was the first Bangla ASR in continuos domain, under the supervision of Prof. Mumit Khan.
After completing my thesis, I joined The Center for Research on Bangla Language Processing (CRBLP) in my last semester, as Senior Research Assistant for creating an improved voice for an existing Bangla Text to Speech system. Later, I joined as a Lecturer in the Computer Science department and continued my journey with CRBLP.
Fast forwarding to the present, I am now a PhD candidate working in the SIS lab under supervision of Prof. Giuseppe Riccardi.
I have always been passionate about analysing and understanding human-human conversation and growing up in a blooming era of scientific research on human-machine Interaction, spoken language understanding and conversation analysis helped to convert my passion to my study. As my research, I am currently working on analysing different Turn-Taking behaviour in the context of spontaneous and in-vivo human conversations. In particular, I want to uncover the dynamics of turn-switching and the discourse of competitiveness in interaction overlaps. I am also interested in understanding the influence and inner-meaning of silences in a conversation and how the whole turn-taking dynamics leads to the success of the conversation.
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Since the beginning of my studies my main interests have been Logic and Languages and their applications to Informatics. During my career I tried to focus on these topics by choosing exams involving language processing, grammars and logical foundations of computer science.
During the Master Degree I've also developed a big interest for machine learning, big data and pattern recognition.
My main goal as a student is to see as many applications of these fields as possible, which is why I'm trying to focus my attention on projects involving NLP and dialogue managers, which represent a good meeting point for all my interests.