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Incremental Language Processing Enables Faster and Better Responses

LOCATION:  TEL, Room Auditorium 3 (20th floor), Ernst-Reuter-Platz 7, 10587 Berlin  

Date/Time: 04.03.2019, 14:15-15:00 

SPEAKERTimo Baumann (Universität Hamburg)


Humans language incrementally, piece-by-piece and just-in-time, with the different processes involved working concurrently, on different time scales, and with varying degrees of specificity and flexibility. Focusing on incremental speech output in particular, I present applications to interactive use-cases that have led to radically improved human-computer interaction.


Timo Baumann is a research and teaching associate in Computer Science in the language technologies group at Universität Hamburg. Preceding this appointment, Timo worked at CMU as a systems scientist in the InMind project, which aimed at more conversational and social agents. Timo studied computer science and phonetics in Hamburg, Geneva and Granada and received his master's-level diploma in 2007 and then joined David Schlangen's group to work on incremental and projective processing in dialogue systems in Potsdam, Bielefeld, and Hamburg (again). Timos bikes to work no matter the weather and produces his own electricity as a shareholder in a photovoltaics cooperative.



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