The future of Conversational Interaction Technologies
On February 24- 25 took place in Brussels, Belgium, the CITIA (Conversational Interaction Technology Innovation Alliance) Roadmap Conference, supported by European Project ROCKIT. All the presentations are available on demand. In other words, around 100 research scientists and industry representatives in the domain of speech recogition gathered during two days to discuss the future of speech recognition research in Europe.
Prof. Steve Young from the University of Cambridge gave an introductory keynote in which he talked about the Ubiquitus Web (slide 6, 1st minute), the industry leaders separating the Goliaths (Google, Apple, etc) from the Davids (start-ups companies generally bought by the Goliaths) at slide 23 – 8th minute, and then for the tech experts he drawed a diagram illustrating the implementation of such Conversational Interaction, slide 37, at minute 16:
The CITIA Roadmap Conference aimed to:
- Share the first version of the Roadmap for Conversational Interaction Technologies produced by the ROCKIT project and collect critical feedback on its content. ROCKIT European project develops a research and innovation agenda including a strategic roadmap in the area of natural conversational interaction and has arrived to a first version of the roadmap after the first year of the project.
- Launch the Conversational Interaction Technology Innovation Alliance (CITIA), aiming to form a broad-based, cross-sector community around the ROCKIT roadmap as a long-term route to sustainability.
The 2-days conference programme enabled the exchange of ideas and networking among all stakeholders of the European Conversational Interaction Technologies ecosystem, among which SMEs (including Klewel!) and corporations, universities and research institutes European institutions, specialized media.
The conference programme had five interactive sessions where stakeholders debated around the five scenario of the ROCKIT Roadmap and present industry models and business cases:
- 1st scenario – Adaptable interface for all, with a presentation by Prof Hervé Bourlard from the Idiap research institute in Switzerland.
Driven by demographic trends, interfaces designed for elderly people and for people with disabilities have the potential to be an increasingly important application area for conversational interactive techonologies.
- 2nd scenario – Smart personal assistants
Typically embedded in mobile devices, these agents will substantially enrich the interaction by taking account of the local and global context.
- 3rd scenario – Active access to complex unstructured information
Linking knowledge to rich interaction will enable the development of agents which can search proactively and can make inferences from their knowledge to enable people to be notified of relevant things faster, and to help people reach understanding of complex situations involving many streams of information.
- 4th scenario – Communicative robots with a presentation from Sylvain Calinon from Idiap.
As robot technologies develop, it will become more necessary for robots to be able to communicate naturally and socially.
- 5th scenario – Shared collaboration and creativity with a presentation by Jean Carletta from the University of Edinburgh.
This session featured the drivers for enriched shared collaboration, including translating and augmented videoconferencing, design and creative collaborations, and multiplayer games. In this session, I made a talk about the vision of Klewel for the future.
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For more information on CITIA please visit: http://www.lt-innovate.eu/citia.
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