Guest speakers

In addition to the various seminar series run by the Speech and Hearing research group, the Natural Language Processing research group, and our host department, the CDT runs two seminar series focused on Industrial R&D and Entrepreneurship and Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) as well as organising keynote talks at our Annual Conference (2021, 2022).

Our recent talks have included:

Professor Mark Hasegawa-Johnson

Director of the Statistical Speech and Technology Group, University of Illinois, USA

Child-rearing families, language families, and the support for people with disabilities: Thoughts about what it means to be human

Dr Emmanuel Vincent

Senior Research Scientist & Head of Science, Inria Nancy - Grand Est

Speech anonymization

Dr Duc Le

Research Scientist Manager at Meta AI Speech, USA

Automatic Speech Recognition Research at Meta

Dr Bhuvana Ramabhadran

Google, USA

Large Scale Self/Semi-Supervised Learning for Speech Recognition

Professor Emine Yilmaz

Professor and Turing Fellow, University College London UK and Amazon Scholar for Amazon, UK

Research Challenges in Devising the Next Generation Information Retrieval and Access Systems

Professor Laurence Brooks

Professor of Technology and Social Responsibility, De Montfort University, UK

The Ethical and Human Rights Implications of AI

Dr Dirk Hovy

Associate Professor, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy

More than words – Integrating social factors into NLP

Jesse Shemen

Co-founder and CEO, Papercup

Startups, tech giants, or academia? How to decide your career path

Dr Peter Waggett

Director of Research, IBM UK

IBM Research - Our Strategic Focus in 2022

Therése Svensson

Data science and AI ethics solution specialist, IBM

Trustworthy AI put into action

Yvonne Soh

Co-founder and CEO, NoodleFactory

The practical dilemma, tech vs business in AI startups

Alex Chan

CEO, Babbobox

Lies, damned lies and AI. But what are you doing to change the world? Views of an Asian perspective.

Dr Steve Beet

Principal R&D engineer, Aculab

Answering machine detection AI R&D in a commercial environment

Dr Catherine Breslin

Founder, Kingfisher Labs

Voice technology in industry

Dr Jason Baldridge

Research scientist, Google

Substantiating words

Alan Nichol

Co-founder, Rasa Technologies

What do developers need to build great conversational AI?

Professor Jochen Leidner

Director of research, Refinitiv, UK

NLP and ML applications for fun and profit

Professor Susan M Fitzmaurice

Vice President and Head of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Sheffield, UK

Language and Speech Research at Sheffield: transdisciplinary approaches and perspectives

Professor Milica Gašić

Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Germany

Towards dynamic dialogue models

Professor Mark Sanderson

RMIT University, Australia

Creating a Conversational Search System

Emilio Monti

Amazon, UK

Natural Language Understanding as Machine Translation

Dr Giuseppe 'Pino' Di Fabbrizio

VUI Inc., USA

Conversational agents for e-commerce