Panel discussion on Speech technologies: Industry and Academy

Marta R. Costa-Jussà


Speech technologies are of increasing interest both at the commercial and scientific level. The recent success of deep learning technologies has provided a boost in these technologies which are highly contributing to outstanding results. Examples of recent advances include achieving human parity for particular tasks in speech recognition, machine translation or natural language understanding. Most of these achievements come from the industry side, which leads to the question of where is the best place to do research nowadays either in industry or academy. Given that deep learning techniques require large amount of computational resources, industry may be more prepared, and if this is the case, how academy could keep the talent. Maybe, restrictions in funding and computational infrastructures can still be compensated with the level of freedom in orienting the research on the own interests. This panel, moderated by Dr Marta R. Costa-jussà researcher at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, will count on experts on both sides: from the academy side, Dr Tanja Schultz, professor at the University of Bremen; and from the industry side, Dr Rob Clark, researcher at Google, and David del Val La Torre, CEO from Telefónica I+D. Panelists will discuss about questions including: how do they envisage speech technologies in 5 years from now?; is deep learning here to stay?; and which is the best place in current days to do research either academy or industry?


Cite as: R. Costa-Jussà, M. (2018) Panel discussion on Speech technologies: Industry and Academy. Proc. IberSPEECH 2018.


@inproceedings{R. Costa-Jussà2018,
  author={Marta {R. Costa-Jussà}},
  title={{Panel discussion on Speech technologies: Industry and Academy}},
  year=2018,
  booktitle={Proc. IberSPEECH 2018}
}