We’re Headed to InterSpeech 2017!
We had a wonderful time at InterSpeech last year, so we’re coming back! InterSpeech 2017 will be a great place to learn, connect, and hopefully leave smarter than you entered. This year’s theme focuses on ‘Situated Interaction’, the idea of getting speech technology to work with humans on a situational and contextual basis. This possibly helps us get across the Uncanny Valley effect machine speech often leaves us with.
Last year we had the chance to meet a lot of great companies and learn about their projects. We’re already excited for that exchange with many new people. If you’re going to InterSpeech 2017 as well, make sure not to miss the following companies:
Didi Chuxing is a ride-sharing company, and essentially the Uber of China. Interestingly enough they actually merged with the China division of Uber. They are collecting an unbelievable large amount of data everyday with each Didi trip taken. All of this data is being fed into machine learning algorithms so they can do amazing things, like developing more efficient traffic infrastructures.
We can’t wait to see what they want to do with speech. One of the great things about companies this successful and interested in technology is their ability to invest into R&D. What’s Didi inclined to work on in relation to speech, and what tools will they need to get there?
This team has a very exciting project that might help us cross the uncanny valley sooner than later. Instead of doing a traditional mechanical facial feature play to animate faces, they use a project on a face shaped screen. This makes it easier to animate faces, and with the progress in digital animation being much further along than mechanical animation, it will make the robots feel more natural. A raise of an eyebrow, active eyes and smooth oral movement, make all of it come together smoothly. Furhat Robotics is undertaking a great endeavour that we can’t wait to witness in person.
Baidu is a major search engine located in China. What makes it unique is the ability to focus specifically on the Chinese language to accommodate its country’s consumers. Much like Google, this means Baidu has plenty of funding for R&D. As Amazon and Google race against each other to make the best voice assistant in North America, Baidu competes within its own market to create the best voice assistant in China. Baidu would experience less difficulty in creating a Chinese compatible voice assistant, something that would prove difficult for the US based companies considering the number of languages they are compatible with now.
This company has been working with speech technology for decades, even before it was a mainstream technology. Their mobile and in-car speech assistants are designed to help the consumer with plenty of hands-free activities. Working on hands-free interaction within a vehicle is a great effort for today’s technological age, allowing consumers to use their technology while keeping their hands at 9 and 3, and their eyes on the road. We have had the privilege of working with Nuance for the past few years, and are always excited about the new projects they bring to us.
As every product needs data to develop, there is some data we are only starting to pay attention to. Tobii Pro is taking strides to recording eye movement, ensuring that businesses understand how consumer see their technologies. Mostly with on-screen technology, such as websites, entertainment and software, the technology is used to track the elements that consumers’ eyes pay attention. Tobii also took it a step further, creating glasses with vision tracking, so experiences that are not based on screens can also have their data recorded. We can’t wait to see this technology first hand.
With many other exhibitors and attendees coming out to InterSpeech 2017, we recommend keeping a keen eye out. From the popular Microsoft, Amazon and Apple, to the unheard of names just starting up, InterSpeech 2017 is connecting an evolving industry of professionals. We wonder what new pieces of tech we will witness and discuss, especially around the topics of ‘Situated Interaction.’
What about us?
Globalme will be in attendance as well! Our interest in speech technology is primarily with data, testing and user experience. Whether it is collecting and annotating data, or quality assurance for speech enabled products, we work with our clients to make speech interaction Ready for People. Our team has experience in localizing and testing speech technology, as we aim to tackle all facets of speech data.
We can’t wait to see everyone there, and hope you enjoy it as much as we will!