Keynote Speaker: Ph.D, Haizhou Li

Title: Speech Recognition: A Story of Artificial Intelligence

Professor  Ph.D,  Haizhou Li
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering 
National University of Singapore

In the era of the mobile internet with keyboard-less smart terminals, voice user interface is becoming a ubiquitous mechanism for information access. The progress of automatic speech recognition is a typical story of artificial intelligence. In this talk, we will discuss automatic speech recognition, an enabling technology for innovative services and applications in mobile internet, robotics, and intelligent agents. Automatic speech recognition emulates human listening ability. We will review the technology fundamentals, the progress, and the challenges from a historical perspective. We will use recent results to benchmark automatic speech recognition performance against human parity. We will also discuss how technology advancement creates an impact on industry.

Haizhou Li received the B.Sc, M.Sc, and Ph.D degrees in electrical and electronic engineering from South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China in 1984, 1987, and 1990 respectively. He is now a Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the Department of Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore.

Dr. Li has worked on speech and language technology in academia and industry since 1988. He has taught in The University of Hong Kong (1988-1989), South China University of Technology in Guangzhou, China (1990-1994), Nanyang Technological University in Singapore (2006-2016), University of Eastern Finland (2009), and University of New South Wales (since 2011). He was a Visiting Professor at CRIN/INRIA in France (1994-1995). Prior to joining NUS, he was a Research Manager in Apple-ISS Research Centre (1996-1998), Research Director of Lernout & Hauspie Asia Pacific (1999-2001), Vice President of InfoTalk Corp. Ltd and General Manager of InfoTalk Technology (Singapore) Pte Ltd (2001-2003), the Principal Scientist and Department Head of Human Language Technology at the Institute for Infocomm Research (2003-2016), and the Research Director of the Institute for Infocomm Research (2014-2016). He co-founded Baidu-I2R Research Centre in Singapore (2012). Dr. Li was known for his technical contributions to several award-winning speech products, such as Apple's Chinese Dictation Kits for Macintosh (1996) and Lernout & Hauspie's Speech-Pen-Keyboard Text Entry Solution for Asian languages (1999). He was the architect of a series of major technology deployments that include TELEFIQS voice-automated call centre service in Singapore Changi International Airport (2001), voiceprint engine for Lenovo A586 Smartphone (2012), and Baidu Music Search (2013).

Dr. Li's research interests include automatic speech recognition, natural language processing and information retrieval. He has published over 400 technical papers in international journals and conferences. Dr. Li is currently the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE/ACM TRANSACTIONS ON AUDIO, SPEECH AND LANGUAGE PROCESSING (2015-2018). He has served as an Associate Editor (2008-2012) and Senior Area Editor (2014-2016) of IEEE/ACM TRANSACTIONS ON AUDIO, SPEECH AND LANGUAGE PROCESSING, Associate Editor (2012-2013) of ACM TRANSACTIONS ON SPEECH AND LANGUAGE PROCESSING, Computer Speech and Language (2012-2017), and Springer International Journal of Social Robotics (2008-2016), and a Member of IEEE Speech and Language Processing Technical Committee (2013-2015). He is the President of the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA, 2015-2017), the President of Asia Pacific Signal and Information Processing Association (APSIPA, 2015-2016), the President of the Chinese and Oriental Language Information Processing Society (COLIPS, 2015-2017), the President of the Asian Federation of Natural Language Processing (AFNLP, 2017-2018). Dr. Li served as the General Chair of ACL 2012 and INTERSPEECH 2014, the Local Arrangement Chair of SIGIR 2008 and ACL-IJCNLP 2009, and the Technical Program Chair of ISCSLP 1998, APSIPA Annual Summit and Conference 2010, IEEE Spoken Language Technology Workshop 2014, and IEEE ChinaSIP 2015.

Dr. Li was the recipient of National Infocomm Awards 2002, Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES) Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award 2013 and 2015, President's Technology Award 2013, and MTI Innovation Activist Gold Award 2015 in Singapore. He was named one of the two Nokia Visiting Professors in 2009 by Nokia Foundation, IEEE Fellow in 2014 for leadership in multilingual, speaker and language recognition, and ISCA Fellow for contributions to multilingual speech information processing. Dr. Li is a member of ACL, ACM, and IEICE.

Keynote Speaker: Professor Manop  Aorpimai

Title: APSCO: An Inter-Governmental Platform for Space Research and Technology Development in Developing Countries

Professor Manop  Aorpimai , D.Eng

Position: Director-General, Department of Strategic Planning and Program Management, Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization (APSCO) ,China


Compliance is a concept of acting in accordance with established laws, regulations, etc. In order to judge that an organization is following the given rules or not, a compliance auditing is required. A compliance checking is an important activity of compliance auditing which require the extraction of compliance requirement from legal documents. There have been a more and more research challenges to automate the extraction of compliance requirements from the legal documents. This is because most legal documents are embodied in natural language which cannot be understood by the traditional computer system. Though a regulatory document comprises thousands of words, not every word is required in the automation of compliance checking requirement. Extracting only the essential content from the regulatory document can help to shorten the process of compliance requirement retrieving. This paper presents a methodology to extract the compliance requirements in term of goals (subject, object, target, action) which is the essential contents from the legal or regulatory documents by using GATE. GATE is a widely used tool for language engineering to support the machine to process the information extraction (IE) for queries and reasoning. Most researchers proposed to use the readymade application named ANNIE in GATE to extract the essential statements from any target documents. In our proposed method, we add the ANNIC which is a plug-in tool in GATE to help in searching for annotations, visualizing them and inspecting features. Using ANNIC can extract more detail from the ANNIE outcomes which is still in form of unstructured text into structured data such as table.

Short Biography: Dr. Manop Aorpimai received Bachelor Degree in Control System Engineering from King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology, Ladkrabang (KMITL), Thailand in 1994. He joined the team from Mahanakorn University of Technology (MUT) to develop Thaipaht-1, the first Thai micro-satellite, at Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL), United Kingdom, in 1996. He also completed his Ph.D. in Spacecraft Engineering from Surrey Space Centre, University of Surrey, in 2000. After graduation, he came back to Thailand to serve as an academic staff at the Department of Control and Instrumentation Engineering of MUT. His research interest was in Spacecraft Dynamics and Control. Later he was promoted as the Department Head in 2001 until 2008. Dr. Manop also held the position of Director of the Thaipaht Satellite Research Centre between 2008 and 2014. He then joined the Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization (APSCO) in 2015 as the Deputy Director-General of the Department of Strategic Planning and Program Management. He is currently the Director-General of the same Department since 2016.