Shammur Absar Chowdhury

Shammur Absar Chowdhury

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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