Panel 1: The Future of SLT Academic Research

Time: Monday, December 3, 14:30 - 15:30
Location: Mediterranean Center

Today, large industry members such as Google or Microsoft can build sizable SLT R&D teams who have access to massive computing and data resources that are well beyond the capabilities of a typical academic laboratory. Industry developed speech and language processing systems are now used by millions of consumers. In this evolving environment, how must academic SLT researchers change and adapt in order to remain relevant and influential in the SLT field? What new approaches to research can academics take in order to remain at the forefront of the field? How can industry and academia work together to ensure a healthy stream of new SLT talent continues to be developed? In short, what does the future hold for academic SLT research?

Panel 2: Beyond Siri: Next-Generation Information Services

Time: Tuesday, December 4, 14:30 - 15:30
Location: Mediterranean Center

With the introduction of products such Siri and Google Voice Search, spoken language understanding systems are now literally in the hands of millions of users. The technology is rapidly maturing and is finally moving from being a "cool novelty" towards being a useful and ubiquitous tool. Consumer systems are now capable of accurately recognizing speech, performing a variety of basic tasks, and answering simple questions. Moving forward, we would like our systems to perform complicated tasks, answer complex questions, carry on sophisticated dialogue, and more generally learn to recognize and adapt to our individual needs. What technological advances are still needed in order to achieve these goals? What breakthroughs are we likely see in the coming years, and what unsolved problems will continue to challenge us for years to come?