Speakers

Prof. B.Yegnanarayana

Institute Professor, IIIT Hyderabad, India

Dr Bayya Yegnanarayana is currently an Institute Professor at the International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) Hyderabad. He was professor & Microsoft Chair at IIIT-H from 2006 to 2012. Prior to joining IIIT-H, he was a professor at IIT Madras (1980 to 2006), a visiting associate professor at Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA (1977 to 1980), and a member of the faculty at IISc, Bangalore, (1966 to 1978). He received BSc from Andhra University in 1961, and BE, ME and PhD from IISc Bangalore in 1964, 1966, and 1974, respectively.

His research interests are in signal processing, speech, image processing and neural networks. He has published over 350 papers in these areas. He is also the author of the book “Artificial Neural Networks”, published by Prentice-Hall of India in 1999. He has supervised 29 PhD and 36 MS theses. He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, and a Fellow of the IEEE (USA). He was the recipient of the 3rd IETE Prof.S.V.C.Aiya Memorial Award in 1996. He received the Prof.S.N.Mitra memorial Award for the year 2006 from the Indian National Academy of Engineering. He was awarded the 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore. He was an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing during 2003-2006. Currently, he is an Associate Editor for the Springer’s international journal Circuits, Systems & Signal Processing.

 

Dr.K.Samudravijaya 

Visiting Faculty, CLST, IIT Guwahati, India

Dr K. Samudravijaya serves as Member of Board of Advisory at YantraSoft Inc. Dr Samudravijaya is an Indian Speech scientist from TIFR, well known for his contributions to Robust Speech Recognition, Speaker Verification, Cursive Script and Voice enabled Information access systems and Indian language databases. He is an Indian representative Oriental at COCOSDA committee and Co-chair of Technical Committee at Oriental COCOSDA. He is awarded by Prof. Rais Ahmed Memorial Lecture Award, Sir C V Raman Award from Acoustic Society of India and Indian Phonetic Society Lecture Award. Dr Vijaya holds a PhD from Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.

 

Dr. C. Chandra Sekhar

Professor, IIT Madras, India

C. Chandra Sekhar received his B.Tech. degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, India, in 1984. He received his M.Tech. degree in Electrical Engineering and the PhD degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras in 1986 and 1997, respectively. He is currently working as a Professor since 2010 in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Madras. He was a Lecturer from 1989 to 1997, an Assistant Professor from 1997 to 2002 and an Associate Professor from 2004 to 2010 in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Madras. He was a Japanese Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) post-doctoral fellow at Center for Integrated Acoustic Information Research, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan, from May 2000 to May 2002.His current research interests are in speech processing, kernel methods, deep learning and content-based information retrieval of multimedia data. He published 21 papers in refereed journals and edited volumes and 90 papers in the proceedings of international and national conferences. He supervised 5 PhD and 14 M.S. theses. He is currently supervising 3 PhD and 4 M.S. students. He has been an investigator for 14 sponsored research projects. His main research contributions are related to acoustic modeling of subword units of speech in Indian languages using neural network models, acoustic modeling and handwritten character recognition using support vector machines, and dynamic kernels based approaches to pattern analysis and information retrieval tasks in speech and image processing domains. He is a member of IEEE.

 

Dr. Kalika Bali

Researcher, Microsoft, Bangalore, India

Dr.Kalika Bali is currently working on Project Mélange in which an attempt is made to understand, process and generate Code-mixed language data for both text and speech. Her research interests are in Speech and Language Technology especially in the use of linguistic models for building technology that offers a more natural Human-Computer as well as Computer-Mediated interactions.
She is very passionate about NLP and Speech technology for Indian Languages. She believes that local language technology, especially with speech interfaces, can help millions of people gain entry into a world that is till now almost inaccessible to them. Recently, she is interested in how social and pragmatic functions affect language use, in code-mixed as well as monolingual conversations, and how to build effective computational models of sociolinguistics and pragmatics that can lead to more aware Artificial Intelligence.

 

Dr. Elizabeth Sherly

Professor, IIITM-K, Trivandrum, India

Dr. Elizabeth Sherly, former Director of IIITM-K, is currently working as Professor of Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management-Kerala (IIITM-K), a Kerala Government Higher Educational Institution in Technopark, Trivanrum, Kerala. Having more than 25 years of experience in teaching and research in Computer Science, her major research work involves Pattern recognition, Natural Language Processing, Automatic Speech Recognition System and Medical Image Processing. Obtained Ph.D in Computer Science from University of Kerala in Artificial Neural Networks in Biological Control Systems, now produced Seven Ph.Ds and guiding a dozen of Ph.D Students. She has been serving the Executive Board Member and Technical/Expert member of several Government and Central Government bodies and Editorial Board member of several International and national Journals. Acclaimed with several awards and fellowships, which include EURECA (UK) fellowship, Rational Certified ( India) Trainer, one among 7 scientists in India for e-Science Grid Group(London) etc. She is the Chief Investigator of two prestigious MeitY projects, Government of India sponsored projects of TDIL (Technology Development in Indian Languages) and MICRONet project of ITRA, Media Lab Asia, GoI. More than 75 papers are in her credit, which includes international, national and conference papers. Her work on Circular Mesh based shape descriptors of MRI breast images for lesion identification had been filed for patent.

 

Sri. Shijith S

Technical Officier, University of Kerala

Working as Technical Officer, Department of Linguistics, University of Kerala. Specialization in Phonetics, specially in the field of Acoustic Phonetics. Editor, and also initiator, of the journal Swanimam, published by the department of Linguistics, University of Kerala. Served as consultant for scientific and research institutions. Teaching linguistics for more than 15 years. Specially interested in spectrogram analysis of speech and music. Documented various languages including endangered languages and developed a language archive. Other academic areas of interests are speech defects, semiotics, Language and Communication.