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2014 progam (details subject to change)
     
Monday,
March 3
In-Depth workshops (Separate registration for Monday)
9:00 - 12PM Developing rich multimodal mobile applications using W3C Standards
12:00 - 1:30 PM Lunch break
1:30 - 5:00 PM Building an Advanced Dialog Application
     
Tuesday,
March 4
 
8:00 - 8:50 AM Keynote talk: Virtual assistants: Transforming the customer experience for the enterprise, Robert Weideman, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise Division, Nuance Communications
Moderator: K.W. (Bill) Scholz, President, AVIOS, and President, NewSpeech, LLC
  Track 1: Trends and business applications Track 2: Technology and best practices
9:00 - 9:50 AM

Mobility, Voice, and Efficiency
Moderator: K.W. (Bill) Scholz, President, AVIOS, and President, NewSpeech, LLC

Mobile speech interfaces: Alternatives and effective design
Moderator:Ben Reaves, Consultant, Oracle Applications UX
  Giving voice to the sales cloud, Brent White, Mobile User Experience Architect, Oracle Automotive Speech Application in the Post-Siri Era, Benjamin Ao, Chief Engineer, Alpine Electronics Research
  Voice to Text: Emerging Solutions, Moshe Kogos, Director of Product Management, Nuance Communications The Importance of Voice Interaction APIs for Mobile Apps and Smart Devices, Egor Naumov, Head of AI Product Group, i-Free
    Client vs. Server? How about both?, Ajay Juneja, CEO/Founder, Speak With Me, Inc.
10:00 - 10:50 AM Mobile personal assistants: The impact on user expectations
Moderator: Thomas Schalk, Vice President, Voice Technology, SiriusXM
Considering mobility in contact center speech applications
Moderator: Nancy Jamison, Principal Analyst, Frost & Sullivan
  The Evolution of Personal Assistants: from Science Fiction to Reality to the Transparent Brain, Marsal Gavalda, Director of Research, Expect Labs HTML5 and WebRTC Will Change the Use of Speech Technology in Customer Service: Understanding and Planning, Valentine Matula, Sr. Director, Multimedia Technologies, Avaya Inc.
  Natural language as a means of unifying applications and features, William Meisel, President, TMA Associates The Continued Evolution of Multi-Channel customer communication; real-life examples and issues for consideration, Bruce Pollock, Vice-President, West Interactive
11:00 - 12:00 AM The evolution of the contact center in a mobile world
Moderator: Bruce Pollock, Vice-President, West Interactive Corporation
Effective mobile speech applications
Moderator: Alexander Rudnicky, Principal Research Professor, School of Computer Science Carnegie Mellon University
  The Future of IVR Systems in the Mobile Era, James A. Larson, Vice President, Larson Technical Services Voice in situ: creating global speech data, Bradley Music, VP Business Development, Appen
  How Siri has changed the call center: new best practices, Howard Lee, CEO, Spoken Communications An Intelligent Assistant for Wellness, Silke Witt-Ehsani, Vice President, Speech Solutions, Fluential
    Trends in mobile user interaction: Voice Command Wearables, Stan Kinsey, President, Martian Watches
12:00 - 1:10 PM Lunch
1:10 - 2:05 PM Keynote Panel: A Conversation about Conversational Interfaces
Moderator: Patti Price, Principal, PPRICE Speech and Language Technology Consulting
  Adam Cheyer, co-founder of Siri
  David Israel, Program Director, AI Center, SRI International
  Barney Pell, Chairman & CEO, QuickPay
2:15 - 3:05 PM Company-specific personal assistants
Moderator: William Meisel, President, TMA Associates

Effective user interface design
Moderator: Thomas Schalk, Vice President, Voice Technology, SiriusXM

  Engineering a Quality User Experience for Mobile Speech Enterprise Applications, Anna Wichansky, Senior Director, Applications User Experience, Oracle
Speech in the Car: Improving User Satisfaction, Thomas Schalk, Vice President, Voice Technology, SiriusXM
  Enterprise Virtual Assistants for Knowledge Workers, Raj Tumuluri, CEO, Openstream

Talking to My TV, Jeanine Heck, Senior Director, Product Development, Comcast

    Emotional Prosody, Wolf Paulus, Staff Software Engineer, Intuit
3:05 - 3:20 PM Break Break
3:20 - 4:10 PM Personal assistants within the enterprise
Moderator: Wally Griffin, CEO, Red Shift
Interpreting natural language
Moderator: Roberto Pieraccini, Computer Speech and NL Technologist
  Effective deployment of virtual assistants within the enterprise, Raj Tumuluri, CEO, Openstream AIML 2.0 - Virtual assistant technology for a mobile era, Richard Wallace, Chief Science Officer, Pandorabots, Inc. & Professor Mike McTear, Professor, University of Ulster
  Virtual Business Assistants, Bachir Halimi, President & CEO, Speech Mobility Communications It is not known why Zipf's law holds for most languages, Phil Shinn, Speech Scientist, Morgan Stanley
   

A Semantic Interlingua; making all NLU multilingual, Brian Garr, CEO, Linguasys

4:20 - 5:20 PM Mobile apps: Creativity required
Moderator: Mark Anikst, Speech Technology Consultant

Trends in mobile user interaction
Moderator: Judith Markowitz, President, J. Markowitz Consultants

  Smartphones – how users can benefit from smart voice applications - at home and underway, Thomas Scheerbarth, Senior Expert, Telekom Innovation Laboratories Intelligent Voice, Paul Liu, Manager of Connected Products and Services, Clarion
  Put your money where your mouth is, Peter Lasensky, CEO, NoteVault, Inc. Always On, Always Listening, Always Understanding, Nick Roche, Technical and FAE Director for the Americas, Wolfson Microelectronics
5:30 - 7:30 PM Join us for networking, the AVIOS Student Contest Winner announcement, an entertaining announcement by Judith Markowitz, and magic by Kim Silverman!
     
Wednesday, March 5  
8:00 - 8:50 AM Keynote talk: Context and Control: Developments in Mobile Devices, Rick Osterloh, SVP Product Management, Motorola Mobility (a Google company)
Moderator: William Meisel, President, TMA Associates
  Track 1: Trends and business applications Track 2: Technology and best practices
9:00 - 9:50 AM Advertising and market intelligence in voice systems
Moderator: Patti Price, Principal, PPRICE Speech and Language Technology Consulting
Building multimodal mobile apps
Moderator: James A. Larson, Vice President, Larson Technical Services
  The Power of Voice in Mobile Marketing, William Meisel, President, TMA Associates Technologies, Tools, and Standards for Multimodal Application Development, Deborah Dahl, Principal, Conversational Technologies, 
  Collecting Actionable Customer Feedback, Peter Leppik, CEO, Vocal Laboratories Inc. Use the Full Power of the Mobile Device: The Latest of Multimodal Designs, Sean Brown, Senior Manager, Design and Innovation, Nuance Communications
10:00 - 10:50 AM Mobile personal assistants: Current status and goals
Moderator: Sara Basson, Program Director, IBM Research
Natural language in customer service automation
Moderator: Matt Yuschik, Mobile Solutions Architect, R&D, CitiCorp
  General Personal Assistant and Voice Search Options, Sean Brown, Senior Manager, Design and Innovation, Nuance Communications Using ASR with Human Assist in Mobile Applications, Yoryos Yeracaris, CTO, Interactions
  Making the ubiquitous personal assistant a reality, Andy Peart, CMO, Artificial Solutions Voice-enabled CRM, Sebastien Bratieres, Speech Evangelist, dawin gmbh
11:00 - 12:00 AM Multiple modes of customer service: The evolution of the contact center
Moderator: Nancy Jamison, Principal Analyst, Frost & Sullivan
Hands-free: Voice-only interactions
Moderator: Alexander Rudnicky, Principal Research Professor, School of Computer Science Carnegie Mellon University
  Driving Omnichannel Customer Service with Mobile Devices, Mike Monegan, Vice President, Applications, [24]7 TrulyHandsfree, today and tomorrow, Jeff Rogers, VP Sales, Sensory Inc.
  Multimodality For Mobile Banking, Matt Yuschik, Mobile Solutions Architect, R&D, CTO Group, Global Consumer Technology, CitiCorp Voice-Only Solutions for the Connected Cars, Brian Radloff, Director, WW Sales Engineering, Nuance Communications

    Indoor voice processing: the need for specialized voice engines, Alexandros Tsilfidis, CEO, accusonus
12:00 - 1:10 PM Lunch
1:10 - 2:05 PM Keynote Panel: User expectations in a mobile world
Moderator: William Meisel, President, TMA Associates
  Raj Tumuluri, CEO, Openstream
  Todd Mozer, CEO, Sensory Inc.
  Brian Garr, CEO, LinguaSys
  Aravind Padmanabhan, VP of Global Research and Technology, Honeywell ACS Labs
  David Nahamoo, IBM Fellow, Speech CTO, IBM Research
2:15 - 3:15 PM Wearable and unobtrusive devices: Options and issues
Moderator: Todd Mozer, CEO, Sensory Inc.
 
  Steve Holmes, Vice President, New Devices Group and General Manager, Smart Device Innovation, Intel  
  Jeff Harris, Product Manager, Glass, Google  
  Adrian Lee-Kwen, Vice-President of Engineering, Genesys  
  Sunil Vemuri, Founder and CPO, ReQall
  Eric Migicovsky, Founder and CEO, Pebble
3:15 - 3:30 PM Break
3:30 - 4:20 PM The mobile worker: Enabling the human-computer connection
Moderator: Raj Tumuluri, CEO, Openstream
Speech and natural language: Where are we now, and where are we heading?
Moderator: K.W. (Bill) Scholz, President, AVIOS, and President, NewSpeech, LLC
  Unified Communications and BYOD, Robert Harris, President, Communications Advatage, Inc. Speech and natural language. A research update, Roberto Pieraccini, Computer Speech and NL Technologist
  Speech-driven applications in industry, Sebastien Bratieres, Speech Evangelist, dawin gmbh

Are we ready to add emotive feedback to mobile speech interfaces?, Francesco Cutugno, Professor, LUSI-Lab @University "Federico II" of Naples- Italy

    Speech morphing - an easy way to change heads, Jordan Cohen, Technologist and Chief Scientist, & Fathy Yassa, CEO, Speech Morphing
4:25 - 5:15 PM What's going on: Analytics for insights
Moderator: Hollis Chin, VP Corporate Marketing, [24]7
Speaker authentication and identification: Security and personalization
Moderator: Judith Markowitz, President, J. Markowitz Consultants
  Transforming raw data to profitable intelligence in mobile networks, Navdeep Alam, Director of Engineering - Analytics and Prediction, Empirix The Case for Bi-modal authentication on mobile devices, Alexey Khitrov, President, SpeechPro
  Voice Analytics in Customer Service, Joachim Stegmann, R&I Director Future Communication, Deutsche Telekom AG Top 5 Global Bank Mobile App Voice Authentication Deployment, Julia Webb, VP Sales and Marketing, VoiceVault
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