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Speech Pitch

Speech Pitch

By ISCA-SAC

Speech Pitch is ISCA-SAC's (Student Advisory Committee of the International Speech Communication Association) new podcast! Throughout the episodes, we will interview different guests, mostly from the speech community, in an informal setting. We want to get to know their work, their stories and their ideas for the future.
This podcast is hosted by PhD students in speech, with no experience in podcasts, but with the hope that it can bring the students and the entire speech community closer together, especially in pandemic times where we lack presencial conferences and other social interactions. We will try to have a new episode every 2 or 3 months. We hope you enjoy listening to it, and stay tuned!
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#6 Speech Pitch: Pascale Fung
#6 Speech Pitch: Pascale Fung
In this episode, we have Professor Pascale Fung with us. Pascale is the Chair Professor at the Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering at The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST), a visiting professor at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, and the Director of HKUST Centre for AI Research (CAiRE). Apart from her highly-achieved academic roles, she is also very active in the industry. In our conversation, Pascale generously shared her experiences and knowledge regarding the relationship between AI and art, why and how we need to work on empathetic machines, the uncanny valley effect in conversational agents, global collaboration on ethical AI, as well as her personal role models and interesting stories and enlightening insights about science communication.
01:14:12
November 09, 2022
#5 Speech Pitch: John Hansen
#5 Speech Pitch: John Hansen
In this episode, we are chatting with John Hansen, a Professor at the University of Texas at Dallas. He is also the founder of the Center for Robust Speech Systems at the same university, and was the president of ISCA – the International Speech Communication Association, until last year. John has worked in many different fields, so we had the opportunity to discuss many interesting topics, including robust and speech recognition, health applications of speech technologies, and even got to hear really interesting stories about NASA, within the context of the fearless steps project. This is a long episode, but full on incredible stories and interesting perspectives on science, and the speech community.
01:34:51
June 22, 2022
#4 Speech Pitch: Shri Narayanan
#4 Speech Pitch: Shri Narayanan
In this episode, we are chatting with Shri Narayanan, a Professor at the University of Southern California. Among many other things, Shri is a Fellow of many institutions including the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), IEEE, and ISCA; an editor of several journals, including the Computer, Speech and Language Journal; and (Spoiler Alert!!) a musician of South Indian Classical Variety. We talk about multidisciplinary research, the importance of being heard, and the big challenges that motivate Shri in speech research. We also discuss ways of making an impact, through publication and entrepreneurial aspects.
53:30
February 22, 2022
#3 Speech Pitch: Nicholas Cummins
#3 Speech Pitch: Nicholas Cummins
In this episode, we are chatting with Nicholas Cummins, a Lecturer in AI for speech analysis at King's College London. We talk about speech technologies for health-related applications with a special focus on mental health. We also discuss several of Nick's recent projects as well as his views and advices on living abroad.
34:44
September 21, 2021
#2 Speech Pitch: Odette Scharenborg
#2 Speech Pitch: Odette Scharenborg
In this episode we are chatting with Odette Scharenborg, an Associate Professor and Delft Technology Fellow. She is also a member of the ISCA board, where she acts as the chair of the diversity committee, co-chair of the Interspeech Conferences committee and of the Technical Committee. We talk about diversity concerns not only in speech technology but also within the community. Odette also told us about her career, its highlights as well as its least successful aspects.
47:46
July 30, 2021
#1 Speech Pitch: Iona Gessinger
#1 Speech Pitch: Iona Gessinger
This is the first episode of Speech Pitch, ISCA-SAC's (Student Advisory Committee of the International Speech Communication Association) new podcast. We are interviewing Iona Gessinger, last year’s ISCA-SAC General Coordinator and winner of the best student-paper award in Interspeech 2020.
25:26
April 05, 2021