Featured in BBC 4 Tech: Cognitive Workload Research

Last fall Michal was interviewed by a broadcast journalist for the BBC Arabic segment, BBC 4 Tech. The interview was regarding some early research he did with the Cognitive workload monitoring using voice project. The BBC 4 Tech segments have been uploaded onto YouTube with voice-overs in Arabic.

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Above is Michal explaining his part in the research to the interviewer, Anees.

Thanks to the BBC team you’ll get the distinct pleasure of seeing one of our own speaking Arabic, albeit dubbed, if you select play:

 

Radio Host Interviews Jón Guðnason about Robotics and AI

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Recently, Jón was interviewed on the Icelandic afternoon radio show,  Síðdegisútvarpið. On the program, he conversed about the progress in robotics and artificial intelligence. The focus of the conversation was on a new video from Boston Dynamics and how their robots can get about by opening doors and how the latest development in AI is allowing robots to sense their world and behave in more natural ways.

The interview was conducted at the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV).

 

 

Funding Approved for Icelandic Youth Language Study

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We are delighted to be participating in the project “Icelandic Youth Language: An Empirical Study of Communicative Resources” headed by dr. Helga Hilmisdóttir at The Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies.  Using Eyra, Teenage group conversations will be recorded and annotated during the project and used to study linguistic features such as communication patterns, vocabulary, imagery, inflection, sentence order and voice.  The data will also be used to improve language technology for teenage voices.

 

 

Does the future understand Icelandic? – UTMessan Talk

On Friday, LVL will be at the UTMessan conference being held here in Reykjavik. UTMessan is a IT conference presented in both Icelandic and English. The talk, “Skilur framtíðin íslensku? (Does the future understand Icelandic?)” will be presented by Anna Björk. This will be our first time presenting at UTMessan so we are very excited.

If you are interested in attending, below are the talk details:

Abstract: In recent years language technology and artificial intelligence have made a giant leap forward. The revolution becomes clear in the development of intelligent assistants like Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant and Cortana, that in ever more households are becoming a part of the family. In the discussion about language technology for Icelandic, the most prominent subject has been how and when we are going to speak Icelandic with those assistants.

But what about language technology for the purpose of increasing efficiency and service quality of companies and institutions? This talk discusses language technology in this context and what is needed so that Icelandic companies can join the rapid development in the field.

Watch the talkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaOYG23R7_k
Date: 2 February, 2018
Location: Tækjatal – Chatbot Talks, Silfurberg B, Harpa, Reykjavík, Iceland
Language: Icelandic (perfect opportunity to brush up on your Icelandic)
Time: 11:55am – 12:25pm
Speaker:

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More details at UTMessan

We hope to see you there!

Interspeech 2017 Conference Summary

Yu-Ren gave a really good talk about measuring voice severity.

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Then, on Wednesday Anna, Inga, Matthías, and Jón answered questions about their posters to conference attendees.

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During the conference, welcome reception, and the banquet we reconnected with many old colleagues and met many new  in the speech processing and speech recognition world. For anyone who didn’t get a chance to attend Yu-Ren’s talk or to see the posters by Jón and Inga, we have links at the bottom of the post.

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Anna’s data is also available on Malfong now.

Inga’s Icelandic Parliament ASR Corpus

Yu-Ren’s slides

Jón’s Eyra Speech Corpora Poster

We hope to see you next year!

Welcome, a new member

A new member just joined our team all the way from California, USA. Welcome, Judy !

Judy will be working with Inga on the ASR for parliament speeches project utilizing some mad Computer Science skills to among other things design an interface to get Inga’s research into the hands of the parliament staff.

It’s always necessary to not only have researchers, but also programmers and software engineers. All theory and no fun makes us all dull boys (and unemployed).

AI Festival

The annual AI Festival was held at Reykjavik University two weeks ago on Nov 11, 2016. The focus of this year’s festival was AI and the economy. You can watch the entirety of the talks and discussions here (it was streamed live). There was no admission fee and the festival was open to everyone.

Many interesting lectures and discussions, including the one by Dr. Jacky Mallett, where they had written software to simulate an economy with several interesting results, but I have to mention here as she did at the beginning of the talk that

All economies described in this talk are artificial. Any relationship to any real economy is an open research problem.

and in fact that

This warning should be attached to all academic presentations on economics.

After the talks and discussions, there was a poster & demonstration session titled Innovation & AI in Industry & Academia where many people from within the University came to present their projects to interested parties. There were snacks, there was beer, there was fun and knowledge and ideas were shared.

The Language and Voice Lab of course had a strong presence there with 5 posters.

  • Automatic Speech Recognition for Simulated Air Traffic Control
  • Automatic speech recognition for Icelandic (two projects, Free and open large vocabulary ASR and ASR for parliament speeches)
  • Cognitive workload monitoring using voice
  • Eyra – data acquisition system for many languages
  • Objective Assessment of Voice Quality

You can see more about our projects here on this site, and of course you can contact us if you want further information.

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Here’s the program:
14.00 Introduction Dr. Kristinn R. Þórisson
– Professor at RU, Director of IIIM
14.10 Towards an Evolutionary Theory of Technological Change
Prof. J. Doyne Farmer
– Director of Complexity Economics, Institute for New Economic Thinking, University of Oxford
15.00 Coffee
15.15 AI & Economics: Problem or Opportunity?
Dr. Jacky Mallett
– IIIM Senior Scientist / Adjunct Professor, Reykjavik University
15:50 Position statements: AI & the Economy: Monkeywrench or Moneysaver?
– Dr. Jón Gudnason, Dr. Magnús Torfason, Dr. Kristinn R. Thórisson
16.05 Coffee
16.15 Panel Discussion: AI & the Economy: Monkeywrench or Moneysaver?
Moderator: Jacky Mallett
17.15 Innovation & AI in Industry & Academia (room M201)
– Posters & Demonstrations / Refreshments