University of West Bohemia
Pilsen, Czech Republic


The 7th International Summer Workshop
on Multimodal Interfaces

hosted by Department of Cybernetics, Faculty of Applied Sciences ,
University of West Bohemia

Plzeň (Pilsen) / Czech Republic / 1. 8. - 26. 8. 2011

eNTERFACE'11 invited speakers

The list of invited speakers is not final, we have already some more invitations pending or in our minds. We will publish them as soon as they are accepted. Also, we will publish the exact names of all talks and dates of the lectures more closely to the eNTERCAE'11 workshop. Generally there should be at least one invited lectures per week.

Accepted invitations

Speaker Brief Bio

Nick Campbell

Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Nick Campbell
Nick Campbell is a SFI Stokes Professor of Speech & Communication Technology at the Centre for Language and Communication Studies, School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
His background is in experimental psychology and linguistics, but most of his experience is in speech technology. He prefers corpus-based approaches and have pioneered advanced (and paradigm-shifting) methods of speech synthesis and natural conversational speech collection in a multimodal environment. His principal interest is in speech prosody, extending this research to social interaction to show how the voice is used in discourse to express personal relations as well as propositional content. Most of his previous work has used speech materials collected in Japan, and he is happy now to be in Ireland where he can confirm the universality of his previous findings - both for Irish and for Hiberno-English. Ultimately, he is working to produce a friendlier speech-based human-machine interface for web-based information, customer-services, games, and robotics, while trying to understand how humans perform such often perfect communication.

See program page.

Talk: Multimodal processing of spoken interaction - managing contact
This talk describes some recent work in interactive speech synthesis technology. It is no longer enough for a machine simply to be able to talk; it must now be able to detect the reactions of the listener in order to be able to adapt its speech output accordingly. With this goal in mind, we have been testing a small robot dialogue device that detects the presence of people in its environment and starts a conversation with them.
The conversations are all recorded in audio and video and the goal of the robot is to obtain a signed consent form from each dialogue participant so that their data may be used as part of our research. The robot was exhibited in a public science gallery and we obtained more than a thousand signed consent forms over a period of three months. The present talk discusses the issue of managing "contact" in such a dialogue, and proposes methods for detecting not just the presence of people, but also their interest in the conversation.

Speaker Brief Bio

Václav Hlaváč

Czech Technical University, Prague, Czech Republic
Václav Hlaváč
Václav Hlaváč is a Professor of technical cybernetics, Head of the Center Machine Perception, Deputy Head of the Department of Cybernetics.
His research interests are computer vision, reconstruction of 3D scenes from 2D images, omnidirectional vision, analysis of videosequences, cognitive systems, pattern recognition with emphasis to relation between statistical and structural methods, robotics, industrial and medical applications of machine vision.
He graduated in 1981 as Ing. (similar to MSc.) in control engineering from the CTU Prague; obtained PhD in 1987 at the CTU (Analysis of the integrated circuits images); since 1990 he is a head of the Computer Vision Laboratory; become Associate Professor in 1992, head of the Center for Machine Perception of the CTU in 1996, and Professor in 1998.
At present he is on a sabbatical leave as a visiting professor at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Geometric Modeling and Scientific Visualization Center, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia.

See program page for dates.

Talk 1: Milestones of image analysis and computer vision
Slides: Milestones of image analysis and computer vision (3MB)
This introductory lecture to aims at explaining the image processing, analysis and computer vision disciplines from their development-in-time perspective. The concepts, tasks formulations and principal contributions will be mentioned with links to principal contributions. The views of signal processing, image formation physics, human image perception, image processing, image analysis, mathematical morphology, 3D computer vision, image sequences understanding, etc. will be explicated. The links to neighboring disciplines of pattern recognition, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and computer graphics will be mentioned too. The broad view of the discipline, in the presenter's opinion, may help the people entering the field to avoid some mistakes which many of us made before them.

Talk 2: Structure in computer vision and pattern recognition: Why doesn't it really fly high?
Slides: Structure in computer vision and pattern recognition: Why doesn't it really fly high? (66MB)
Structural pattern recognition has been highly popular in 1960-1970s with seminal contributions from Kung Su Fu. The later interest in it faded with the rise of statistical approaches which penetrated even mathematical linguistics where structural analysis was originally started by Noam Chomsky in 1950s. With images, the failure of structural method was glaring.
Recently the structural methods have been mostly understood as the graph embedding (H. Bunke's K.S. Fu Award lecture at ICPR 2010).
In the talk, I will talk about my view of the subject originating from methods from our book Schlesinger M.I., Hlavac V.: Ten lectures on statistical and structural pattern recognition, Kluwer 2002. The structure is also needed for a large scale outdoor scene analysis. I will explain the topic and relate it to my own work and the work of my collaborators: (1) Repetitive structures in house facades, (2) in using structure (pose primitives) in analysis of human activity from video; (3) in using 2D context-free grammars for analysis of mathematical formulae, etc.

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