CUMIN had the pleasure to host Professor Steve Young for a talk on the past, present and the future of conversational AI this Tuesday 26 Nov, at the Department of Engineering, Cambridge. The talk saw a great turnout, with many staying for a lively Q&A session afterwards.

We hope to see you at our next talk on Monday (2 Dec) by Pandu Raharja-Liu, CTO and co-founder of Panakeia, titled ML in cancer diagnosis: from pipe dream to democratising cancer diagnosis”.  The talk will be held at the Department of Engineering, LT6 at 6pm.

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Voice-based human-machine interaction, now rebranded as Conversational AI, has a long history. However, as in many areas of applied machine learning, neural networks and end-to-end training dominate current research. This talk will review the main developments in the history of conversational AI and point out some of the issues which have been side-lined by current research but which remain important for the future.

About the Speaker

Steve Young is Emeritus Professor of Information Engineering at Cambridge University and a founder of VocalIQ, now part of Apple. His main research interests lie in the area of statistical spoken language systems including speech recognition, speech synthesis and dialogue management. He has more than 300 publications in the field and he is the recipient of a number of awards including an IEEE Signal Processing Society Technical Achievement Award, a Eurosip Technical Achievement Award, the IEEE James L Flanagan Speech and Audio Processing Award, and an ISCA Medal for Scientific Achievement. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, ISCA and the IET and he is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.


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