This workshop is for anyone who wants to get a deeper understanding of the technologies that underpin conversational systems such as chatbots, voice assistants, smart speakers and automated response systems such as email handlers. Attendees will get a broad understanding of all of the technologies that are available and the state of the art in how they fit together and are used. Areas covered will be: speech to text, text to speech, biometrics, topic spotting, language understanding, emotion detection and dialog management. By the end of the class you should appreciate how AI technologies such as neural nets are used to create conversational interfaces and why conversational design is still a mixture of art and science.
Voice and Language Technology Primer
David is a Speech Scientist and conversational designer with over 25 years of experience researching and designing natural spoken dialog between machines and people. Over this time he has studied how to take the best from the fields of human psychology, conversational theory and AI technologies to deliver effective conversational solutions that really work for customers. David is an expert in spoken dialog and is particularly interested in the synergies and differences between written and spoken conversation with machines. es in conversational design.