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Amazon Echo and Alexa

DS Tea
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 7:30pm

Location: CS 150/151

Abstract: We will introduce Amazon Echo and Alexa, the virtual personal assistant that powers Echo, and focus on the challenges our team is facing when developing machine learning solutions for wake word detection, automatic speech recognition, natural language understanding, question answering, dialog management, and speech synthesis.

Bio: Spyros Matsoukas is a Principal Scientist at, developing spoken language understanding technology for voice-enabled products such as Amazon Echo. From 1998 to 2013 he worked at BBN Technologies, Cambridge MA, conducting research in acoustic modeling for ASR, speaker diarization, statistical machine translation, speaker identification, and language identification.