Friday, April 22, 2011
11:00 AM
Computer Studies Bldg. 209
Jay Wilpon
AT&T Labs Executive Director, Speech Services Research
Speech Ecosystem Technologies, Mobile Devices and Clouds
Speech technologies and mobile services have arrived and they are perfect together. At first glance, speech is an attractive complement to the small form factor of mobile devices, and how they are used for example, while driving or searching the web. Meanwhile, the unprecedented bandwidth available to mobile devices makes it possible to run speech in the cloud, side-stepping device dependent issues, such as software management, limited processing and battery life. The union of speech and cloud computing is changing the ecosystem of the speech technology industry. New licensing models are emerging, novel partnerships are being formed, and the role of vendors, operators and developers are being redefined. Perhaps most importantly, speech-in-the-cloud with open APIs unlocks the talents of the best and brightest innovators, enabling them to create new and exciting multimodal mobile services. Recent AT&T innovations available to all include our Watson-based speech mashups platform, speaker verification technology and Natural Voices voice builder. In this talk, I will give a tour of speech technology research at AT&T from the early days to the present, and demo some of the technologies available to our research partners.

Refreshments will be provided at 10:45AM