Keynote speakers

Ricardo Baeza-Yates, NTENT, USA; UPF, Spain; U. de Chile

Ricardo Baeza-Yates‘ areas of expertise are web search and data mining, information retrieval, data science and algorithms. He is CTO of NTENT, a semantic search technology company based in California, USA. Before he was VP of Research at Yahoo Labs, based in Barcelona, Spain, and later in Sunnyvale, California, from January 2006 to February 2016. He also is part time Professor at DTIC of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, in Barcelona, Spain, as well as at DCC of Universidad de Chile in Santiago. Until 2004 he was Professor and founding director of the Center for Web Research at the later place. He obtained a Ph.D. in CS from the University of Waterloo, Canada, in 1989. He is co-author of the best-seller Modern Information Retrieval textbook published by Addison-Wesley in 2011 (2nd ed), that won the ASIST 2012 Book of the Year award. From 2002 to 2004 he was elected to the board of governors of the IEEE Computer Society and in 2012 he was elected for the ACM Council. Since 2010 is a founding member of the Chilean Academy of Engineering. In 2009 he was named ACM Fellow and in 2011 IEEE Fellow, among other awards and distinctions.

Slides: Ten Years of Wisdom.

Claire Cardie, Cornell University

Claire Cardie is a Professor in the Departments of Computer Science and Information Science at Cornell University. She has a B.S. in Computer Science from Yale, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts. She has broad interests in Natural Language Processing and was selected as a Fellow of the Association for Computational Linguistics in 2015 for foundational contributions to co-reference resolution, information and opinion extraction, and to machine learning methods in natural language processing.

Slides: Keeping Apace with Progress in Natural Language Processing.

Steve Young, Cambridge University

Steve Young is Professor of Information Engineering at Cambridge University and a member of the Apple Siri Development team based in Cambridge, UK. His main research interests lie in the area of spoken language systems including speech recognition, speech synthesis and dialogue management. He was Editor of Computer Speech and Language from 1993 to 2004, and Chair of the IEEE Speech and Language Processing Technical Committee from 2009 to 2011. He is currently an elected member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society Board. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the RSA.

In 2004, he was a recipient of an IEEE Signal Processing Society Technical Achievement Award; in 2008 he was elected Fellow of the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA); in 2010, he received the ISCA Medal for Scientific Achievement; in 2013, he received the European Signal Processing Society Individual Technical Achievement Award; and in 2015 he received the IEEE James L Flanagan Speech and Audio Processing Award.

Slides: Statistical Spoken Dialogue Systems and the Challenges for Machine Learning.