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SpeechTEK 2014 - Sunday, August 17, 2014
STKU-1 – Introduction to Speech Technologies
1:30 p.m - 4:30 p.m
James A. Larson, Vice President - Larson Technical Services
Bruce Balentine, Chief Scientist Emeritus - Enterprise Integration Group
Crispin Reedy, Director, User Experience - Versay Solutions

Designed for attendees new to the speech technology area, this tutorial overviews the speech technologies, user interface design principles, and the markets for this fast-evolving industry. We highlight the key speech technologies, including automatic speech recognition (ASR), text to speech (TTS), voice biometrics, and dialogue management. Learn how these technologies are used to develop interactive voice response (IVR) systems; voice-enabled personal assistants; and voice-enabled mobile applications, assistive applications, and voice applications for use in the car, TV, and other devices/appliances. Learn about the process of developing speech applications, principles, and best practices and the integration of speech with GUI and other UI modalities. Understand the players in the speech technology ecosystem.

STKU-2 – Natural Language Processing
1:30 p.m - 4:30 p.m
Deborah Dahl, Principal - Conversational Technologies

Natural language processing (NLP) technology is becoming widely recognized as a key component of conversational systems. More and more speech and multimodal applications are using NLP and NLP resources are becoming increasingly available through web services. Online natural language processing services can supply natural language capabilities to a range of mashups for both speech and text-based applications. This session introduces participants to the possibilities for using natural language processing in their own applications. Following a brief overview, most of the session focuses on interacting with online NLP APIs that perform tasks such as classification, part-of-speech tagging, parsing, and named entity recognition. Attendees can try their hand at supplying their own training data for a simple statistical NLP classifier. For details, see http://www.conversational-technologies.com/ SpeechTEKUniversity.html.

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