Call for RAs: Alexa- vs. human-directed speech project (Dr. Michelle Cohn, UCD Phonetics Lab)
Postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Michelle Cohn, is recruiting undergraduate research assistants (RAs) to serve as confederates in the Alexa- (Amazon Echo) vs. human-directed speech project for Spring 2020 (with possibility of a paid STDT 2 position in Summer 2020 and LIN 199 units in Fall 2020).
RAs are expected to work approximately 6-8 hours a week on the project and will receive 2 units of LIN 199 credit per quarter (Note that 4 units count as upper division elective toward LIN major).
Details (Spring Qtr 2020):
Application deadline: March 8, 2020 (by midnight PST)
To apply, email the following to the project PI, Dr. Cohn (firstname.lastname@example.org):
Great job to Ph.D students Aleese Block, Tyler Kline, and Bruno Ferenc Segedin for presenting at the 2020 Linguistic Society of America annual Meeting in New Orleans!
Thanks to Daan van Esch (Google) for coming to visit the Phonetics Lab, going out to lunch with us, and giving a guest lecture this Thursday!
While at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm, Sweden) this September, Michelle Cohn met up with Dr. Jonas Beskow, co-founder of Furhat Robotics, and Ph.D. student Patrik Jonell. Together with Georgia Zellou, they are conducting a study to test the role of embodiment and gender in human's voice-AI interaction with three platforms: Amazon Echo, Nao, and Furhat.
Georgia Zellou, Michelle Cohn, & Bruno Ferenc Segedin presented 4 papers at Interspeech in Graz, Austria.
See below for links for the papers:
Congrats to Michelle Cohn for receiving a two year NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship to work with Dr. Georgia Zellou (PI: UC Davis Phonetics Lab, Dept. of Linguistics), Dr. Zhou Yu (PI: UC Davis Language and Multimodal Interaction Lab, Dept. of Computer Science) and Dr. Katharine Graf Estes (PI: UC Davis Language Learning Lab, Dept. of Psychology).
Click here to see the official NSF posting
Dr. Georgia Zellou and Dr. Michelle Cohn gave invited talks at the June 2019 Voice User Interface (VUI) Summit at the Amazon headquarters.
'Most Innovative Research' Panel
Undergraduate researcher, Melina Sarian, did a fantastic job presenting her research with collaborators Dr. Georgia Zellou and Dr. Michelle Cohn at the 'Most Innovative Research' Panel
Dynamics of Voice-AI Interaction Panel
Bruno Ferenc Segedin and Michelle Cohn presented two talks in our 'Dynamics of Voice-AI Interaction' panel