Design opportunities for continuous speech recognition

  • Posted on: 14 March 2017
  • By: Lan Chunyuan
Monday, March 13, 2017
Dr. Donny McMillan,Stockholm University, Sweden
In this talk Donald McMillan gives an overview of the opportunities that continuous speech recognition presents in a number of different domains. By ambient speech (such as general conversation) can be build systems that interact better with users, or can automatically complete tasks without being given explicit commands? Donny will also discusses the problems that could arise from the widespread use of this technology at personal, social, and societal scales.

Donny McMillan is an Assistant Professor within the ACT in Communication with Technology (ACT) group at the University of Stockholm in the Department of Computer and System Sciences and a senior researcher at the Mobile Life VINN Excellence Centre. He joined Mobile Life in November 2012 by way of an ERCIM postdoctoral fellowship and is currently leading the Reality Mining project in Mobile Life looking at current practices around personal quantification and new challenges brought by future IoT services. Following on from the recently finished EU Network of Excellence in Internet Science he involved in organising the third annual conference on Internet Science. His current research interests include honing methods to conduct large scale, remote, and participatory user trials – using the collected data in the understanding of device and application use as well as exploring the ethical challenges and responsibilities new technologies places on the researchers who study them. He has been a visiting researcher at the User Interface Technologies lab in Nokia, Tampera in Finland. While the weather was slightly darker and colder than Sweden the work on multi-device use by single and multiple users was interesting, as was the insiders view of the Nokia/Microsoft transition. He received his PhD from the University of Glasgow in 2012 and before moving to Sweden was working with the Edinburgh Festivals to identify areas where current research could be applied without disrupting the experience of attending cultural events and to design applications that fit with the practices of festivalgoers.