Demystifying speech recognition

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This is the third in our new series of byte-sized events from the Artificial Intelligence group and we are delighted that Catherine Breslin of Amazon will be speaking on the subject of 'Demystifying speech recognition'.

About the event

Voice is the future – we believe that voice will fundamentally improve the way people will interact with technology. It can make the complex simple—it’s the most natural and convenient user interface. There are hard problems to solve with voice – we’ve spent years of invention on this. At Amazon we’re fortunate to have the power of the AWS cloud and teams of incredibly talented speech scientists to help solve these very hard problems. This talk will discuss some of the machine learning technology that underpins Alexa’s voice recognition capabilities, and how the technology is available to developers via the Alexa Skills Kit.

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17:30

Registration

18:00

Introduction to Artificial Intelligence SIG, Bob Driver, CEO, CW (Cambridge Wireless)

18:05

Welcome from event host, Laurent Brisedoux, Software Development Manager, Amazon Cambridge Development Centre

18:10

Demystifying speech recognition: Catherine Breslin, Manager, Machine Learning at Amazon Alexa

Voice is the future – we believe that voice will fundamentally improve the way people will interact with technology. It can make the complex simple—it’s the most natural and convenient user interface. There are hard problems to solve with voice – we’ve spent years of invention on this. At Amazon we’re fortunate to have the power of the AWS cloud and teams of incredibly talented speech scientists to help solve these very hard problems. This talk will discuss some of the machine learning technology that underpins Alexa’s voice recognition capabilities, and how the technology is available to developers via the Alexa Skills Kit.

19:10

Wrap-up: Laurent Brisedoux, Amazon

19:15

End of session followed by networking, beer, pizza and soft drinks

All refreshments kindly provided by Amazon Cambridge Development Centre

20:15

Event closes

Speakers

Catherine Breslin

Catherine is a machine learning scientist specialising in speech and language technology with more than 13 years’ experience in academic research and bringing machine learning to products. She leads a team of scientists in Cambridge working across automatic speech recognition (ASR) and natural language understanding (NLU) for Amazon Alexa.

SIG Champions

Laurent Brisedoux - Senior Manager, Amazon Cambridge Development Center

Laurent has been heading the Amazon R&D team in Cambridge, part of the Lab126 organization, since its creation in 2014. His group is responsible for developing software for Amazon’s consumer electronic devices such as Cloud Cam, Echo Look, Echo Show and many more innovative products to come. Prior to that, Laurent was in charge of the development and productisation of imaging technologies at Broadcom. He joined the Broadcom Mobile Multimedia group in 2004 with the acquisition of Alphamosaic, one of the Silicon Fen ’success stories’. Laurent is also a junior angel investor and working with several technology startups in the Cambridge area.

Phil Claridge - Founder, Mandrel Systems

Phil Claridge is a ‘virtual CTO’ for hire within Mandrel Systems covering end-to-end systems. Currently having fun and helping others with large-scale AI systems integration, country-wide large scale big-data processing, hands-on IoT technology (from sensor hardware design, through LoRa integration to back end systems), and advanced city information modelling. Supporting companies with M&A ‘exit readiness’, due-diligence and on advisory boards. Past roles include: CTO, Chief Architect, Labs Director, and Technical Evangelist for Geneva/Convergys (telco), Arieso/Viavi (geolocation), and Madge (networking). Phil’s early career was in electronics, and still finds it irresistible to swap from Powerpoint to a soldering iron and a compiler to produce proof-of-concepts when required.

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Gunter Haberkorn - Senior Manager Product & Technology, Magna International

Gunter is working at the Corporate R&D Department and has years of experience in complete vehicle engineering. He is looking into Product and Technology trends in terms of automotive industry with special interest in autonomy, mobility solutions, manufacturing and electrification and especially technologies which can support advancements in these areas.

Vaiva Kalnikaite - Director, Dovetailed

Vicky Schneider - Senior Scientific Program Manager, Amazon Cambridge Development Center

Currently Senior Scientific Program Manager at the Amazon Development Centre in Cambridge, UK. Vicky works in the Machine Learning Team and is involved in a variety of academic engagements around ML and AI, including outreach, education and training initiatives. Previously Deputy Director of EMBL Australian Bioinformatics Resource (www.embl-abr.org.au) and Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne. Vicky remains an Honorary Principal Fellow at the University of Melbourne and is an academic visitor at the University of Cambridge where she collaborated with the Bioinformatics Training Team.  Before Australia, Vicky was at the Earlham Institute (Norwich), as part of the Senior Management Team and Head of Training and Outreach which evolved to Head of Scientific Training, Education and Learning Division. In the previous years Vicky has been responsible for the strategic coordination and implementation of the EMBL-EBI’s User-Training programme which has pass now ten years and continues to provide training for the scientific users of the EMBL-EBI’s data services. Prior to joining the EMBL-EBI in 2007 Vicky held an Assistant Professor position at the University of Bern and the Institute for Aquatic Sciences (EAWAG) and postdocs at the University of Zurich and University of Rome (Torvergata). Vicky studied biology at the University of Rome and obtained her PhD on the evolution of sex at the University of Leiden (NL) and Lyon (France). Vicky has been extensively involved in the acquisition, management and implementation of funded research and training projects throughout her career.

Peter Whale - Founder, Vision Formers

Peter is founder of Vision Formers, a specialist consultancy that helps visionary technology businesses get product to market and turn their ideas into reality. Peter has a long track record of conceiving, developing and marketing successful technology-based solutions, deployed at scale, globally. Innovative products Peter has brought to market in digital, cloud, AI, consumer electronics and telecommunications have been used by countless millions of people on a daily basis globally, badged by the world’s leading digital and technology brands. Peter is a board member of CW (Cambridge Wireless), and co-leads its Artificial Intelligence special interest group.

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Amazon, 1 Station Square, Cambridge CB1 2GA

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