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Human-Centred AI Systems Community Festival

17 February 2022 @ 14:00 - 17:00 CET

During this Human-Centred AI Systems (HCAIS) Community Festival we welcome all interested TU Delft colleagues to join us in exploring the meaning and impact of human centeredness in relation to AI-research happening across our university and in the Delft AI Labs. Human-centric AI is inherently transdisciplinary as it brings together science and practice in human-machine interaction, computer science, design, systems engineering, psychology, work and organization, law and policy, ethics and philosophy, political economy, and an entire range of application-specific disciplines. In that sense, the truly ‘human-centred’ approach to AI is a fundamentally new field.

Preliminary programme

  • 14:00 – 14:15     Opening
  • 14:15 – 14:40     Human-Centred AI in the Delft AI Labs, session #1
  • 14:45 – 15:10     Human-Centred AI in the Delft AI Labs, session #2
  • 15:15 – 15:45     Summaries session 1 & 2
  • 15:45 – 16:15     Dr. Odette Scharenborg:
    • Inclusive speech technology: Developing automatic speech recognition for everyone
  • 16:15 – 16:30     Q&A
  • 16:30 – 17:00     Networking

Abstract “Inclusive speech technology: Developing automatic speech recognition for everyone”

Automatic speech recognition (ASR) is increasingly used, e.g. in emergency response centers, domestic voice assistants (e.g., Google Home), and search engines. They work (really) well for standard speakers of languages for which there is enough training data to train the systems. However, for around 98% of the languages in the world, there is not enough training data, and consequently no automatic speech recognition systems can be trained for these language. Also, ASR systems tend to not work well for speakers with an accent, young children, people with a speech impediment, and other “non-standard” speakers of the language. In this talk, I will first give a global explanation of what speech is and what information it contains (a lot!) and what you can do with this information (also a lot!) in a global overview of the field of speech technology. Then I will zoom in on automatic speech recognition, and explain more about our new research line on inclusive and ethical automatic speech recognition, i.e., the development of ASR systems that work for everyone, irrespective of how someone speaks or the language that person speaks.

More information

For more information and to register for this event, please contact Charlotte Boelens.


17 February 2022
14:00 - 17:00 CET
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