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SpeechTEK Europe 2011
25 - 26 May 2011 • Copthorne Tara Hotel • London, UK
SpeechTEK University • 24 May 2011
SpeechTEK Europe 2011 - Wednesday, 25 May 2011
Cloud-based Speech Recognition for Mobile and the Web
09:00 - 10:00
Dave Burke, Engineering Director - Google Cloud

Over the past couple of years Google has been making big investments in cloud-based speech recognition services and applications, particularly for the Android and Chrome platforms. Dave Burke discusses and demos Google’s latest developments and touches on some of the company’s future plans in this area.

SpeechTEK Europe 2011 - Thursday, 26 May 2011
Bridging the Language Divide
09:00 - 10:00
Alex Waibel, Professor of Computer Science - Carnegie Mellon University

As our world becomes increasingly interdependent and globalisation brings people together more than ever, it’s no longer the ‘digital divide’ that separates us, but the ‘language divide’ and its associated cultural differences.  Using our mobile phones we could connect with everyone, if only we shared a common language and a common understanding. Yet forcing uniformity is neither realistic nor desirable. Can technology provide an answer?

Alex Waibel discusses language technology solutions that offer the best of both worlds: maintaining our cultural diversity while enabling the integration, communication and collaboration that our modern world has to offer, and presents crosslingual computer communication systems both from the University lab and start-up ventures, including:

  • a computer dialogue translator on laptops for humanitarian missions and government services
  • a iPhone pocket speech translator for tourists and doctors – using Jibbigo, the world's first commercially available speech translator running on a phone
  • a simultaneous translation system for real time academic lectures
  • a road sign translator that reads and translates road signs from other languages and scripts

 Accompanied by live demos, this Keynote will be simultaneously translated into Spanish by computer.

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