2015 progam (program subject to change)
Monday, April 20
8:00 - 8:45 AM Keynote: Relationships with Personal Assistants, from the Assistants' Point of View, Rob Chambers, Speech Platform Group Engineering Manager, Microsoft

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a “digital” personal assistant? What about answering the questions of millions of people all at the same time, across all different languages? In this keynote session, Rob Chambers will present what he believes the industry’s leading digital personal assistants currently think about their roles, the challenges that they face, and the steps that they’re taking to become the best digital personal assistants for each and every one of their users.
  Track 1: Applications and case studies Track 2: Technologies and tools
9:00 - 9:45 AM Challenges in practical natural language interaction Text-to-speech status and options
  Talking to My TV, Jeanine Heck, Senior Director, Product Development, Comcast Technologies of Tomorrow, Peter Cahill, CEO, Voysis
  A Smarter Natural Language for Virtual Agents, Kathy Brown, Chief Data Scientist, [24]7 Enhanced flexibility in text-to-speech: Customization and personality, Dan Bagley, CEO, Cepstral
10:00 - 10:45 AM Personal assistants supporting internal company applications Natural language approaches and issues
  Giving Voice to the Enterprise (on Mobile and Wearable Virtual Assistant Apps), Vinay Dwivedi, Principal Product Manager, Oracle Risky Business – why implementing natural language into the enterprise is a double-edged sword, Andy Peart, CMO, Artificial Solutions
  An in-store virtual assistant for retail workers and the platform used to build it, Raj Tumuluri, CEO, Openstream Understand and extracting meaning from unstructured or conversational text across languages, Brian Garr, CEO, LinguaSys
11:00 - 12:00 AM The evolution of the contact center in a mobile world Building a conversational application
  The New Triple Play: Voice, Chat, & App Integrated for Mobile Customer Engagement, Tajinder Singh, Director of Product Management, [24]7 A developer's tour of affordable options for mobile speech recognition, Sebastien Bratieres, Speech Evangelist, dawin gmbh
  Voice interactions between the mobile user and the call center, Jordan Cohen, President, Spelamode A/B Testing with User Feedback, Peter Leppik, CEO, Vocal Laboratories Inc.
12:00 - 1:15 PM Lunch
1:15 - 2:00 PM Special session--Creating a dialog: An in-depth look at the process
  K.W.(Bill) Scholz, President, NewSpeech, LLC
Marie Meteer, Adjunct Professor, Brandeis University
  John Tadlock -- Lead Principal Technical Architect, AT&T
  Emmett Coin, Speech Scientist and Founder, ejTalk
2:15 - 3:00 PM Connecting with consumers Speech interaction in the automobile
  Wearables, Health and Voice - The Perfect Storm, Nick van Terheyden, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer, Nuance Is natural language the future of speech interaction in the vehicle?, Yvonne Gloria, Voice Recognition Engineer, Ford Motor Company
  Grow with the Future of Search and Apps, Sunil Vemuri, Product Manager, Google Worst Practices in Automotive Speech Interfaces, Susan Hura, Principal, SpeechUsability LLC
3:15 - 4:00 PM Personal assistants within the enterprise Deploying natural language solutions
  The Evolution of the Personal Assistant, Tom Minifie, Chief Technology Officer, Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, Inc. (AVST) Natural Language Understanding - Bridging the gap between Speech Recognition and Application/Business Logic, Wolf Paulus, Staff Mobile Software Engineer, Intuit
  Voice for the Blue-Collar Worker, Filip Korc, Software architect, dawin gmbh Cloud Translation: A Speech Recognition Market Opportunity, Chester Anderson, VP of Business Development, Translate Your World
4:15 - 5:30 PM Mobile apps: Creativity required Technology options and issues
  Ubiquitous Voice: A Survey, Ahmed Bouzid, Senior Director, Business Solutions, Genesys Training data for speech recognition: the Value versus Volume continuum, Phil Hall, Senior VP, Director of Language Resources Division, Appen
  The Core Elements of Multi-modal Voice Applications, Ben Klang, Principal, Mojo Lingo Utilizing video streaming for company service assistant applications, Ingmar Kliche, Project Manager R&D, Deutsche Telekom Innovation Laboratories
  The Convergence: Mobile, AI and Voice Technologies, Timothy Tuttle, CEO and Founder, Expect Labs The challenges of speech interaction for low-power devices, Dean Neumann, CEO, Malaspina Labs
5:30 - 7:00 PM Reception
Tuesday, April 21 Track 1: Applications and case studies Track 2: Technologies and tools
8:00 - 8:45 AM Keynote panel: How natural can and should "natural language applications" be?
  Moderator: William Meisel, President, TMA Associates
  Adam Cheyer, co-founder, Viv Labs
  Raj Tumuluri, CEO, Openstream
Phil Gray, Executive VP, Interactions
9:00 - 9:45 AM Making a call center feel like a personal assistant Tools you can use
  Challenges associated with creating natural language interfaces, Phil Gray, EVP of Business Development, Interactions Corporation Web Speech API at Firefox OS - A different approach, Andre Natal, Speech Engineer - Volunteer, Mozilla
  Conversational IVRs: Delivering effective customer service, Tom Lewis, CEO, Smart Action Personal assistant platforms, Ali Emami, Principal Program Manager, Speech Platform, Microsoft
10:00 - 10:45 AM Mobile personal assistants: Current status and goals Integrating voice with other modes of user interaction
  Multimodal Virtual Assistants for Consumer and Enterprise, Michael Johnston, Lead Inventive Scientist, Interactions Corporation GUI Meets VUI: Some Possible Guidelines, James A Larson, Vice President, Larson Technical Services
  Company-specific virtual assistants: Necessities and possibilities, William Meisel, President, TMA Associates Automotive UI: Multimodal Design Considerations, Thomas Schalk, Vice President, Voice Technology, SiriusXM
11:00 - 12:00 AM Creating effective virtual agents A deeper look at the technology
  Characteristics of HIghly Effective Enterprise Intelligent Assistants, Amy Stapleton, Blogger - Virtual Agent Chat Blog, Intelligent Factors Deep learning in speech recognition: key insights, Sebastien Bratieres, Speech Evangelist, dawin gmbh
  Intelligent voice control for eCommerce, Tony Ballardie, CEO, Capito Systems Combining Voice and Vision for an Improved Sensory Experience,
Jeff Rogers, VP Sales, Sensory Inc.
12:00 - 1:15 PM Lunch
1:15 - 2:00 PM Keynote Panel: Taking advantage of innovations in speech and natural language technology
  Tajinder Singh, Director of Product Management, [24]7
  William Meisel, President, TMA Associates
  Todd Mozer, CEO, Sensory Inc.
2:15 - 3:20 PM Personal assistants in health and healthcare The role of cognitive computing and AI
  Your Virtual Physician Will See You Now, Jonathon Dreyer, Director, Cloud and Mobile Solutions Marketing, Healthcare Division, Nuance Communications, Inc. Cognitive Computing: Automating and Augmenting Human Intelligence, David Nahamoo, Speech CTO & Strategist, IBM
  Case Study: Virtual Assistants for Healthcare, Victor Morrison, SVP & Chief Strategist for Healthcare, Next IT Voice and The New Enterprise AI Stack, Rick Collins, President, Enterprise, Next IT
  A voice-centered multimodal wellness app, Farzad Ehsani, CEO, Fluential LLC
3:35 - 4:20 PM Talking to a computer: A deeper look Analytics for insights
  Listening to everyone (or how to avoid a societal “speech divide”), Marsal Gavalda, Director of Research, Expect Labs Analytics for insights: Understanding your customer and your system, Jeh Daruvala , CEO, Yactraq Online
  Cognitive Learning Content: A vision for how to make learning deeply engaging as well as intuitive, Sara Basson , Program Director - Career Pathways, IBM - TJ Watson Research Center, and Satya V. Nitta, Program Director, Cognitive Computing for Education Transformation, IBM The Future of Customer Analytics, Jeff Gallino, CTO, CallMiner
  Robots, Speech, and Eldercare, Judith Markowitz, president, J. Markowitz, Consultants  
4:35 - 5:30 PM Natural language and the Internet of Things Speaker authentication: Biometrics and security
  Natural Language Interaction with the Web of Things, Deborah Dahl, Principal, Conversational Technologies Voice Biometrics in Insurance Claims and Customer Insurance, Paul Heirendt, Co-founder, President, CEO, TradeHarbor
  VUI in Wearables and the IoT, technical possibilities and challenges, Wolf Paulus, Engineer, Intuit Voice Biometrics Securing Mobile Transactions, Jesus Aragon, VP Business Development and Marketing, AGNITiO
  The Interface of Things: delivering real-world natural language understanding solutions, Yoryos Yeracaris, CTO, Interactions Corporation

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