Fillmore Professor: Julia Hirschberg, Columbia University

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Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 7:00pm
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Lecture Title: Prosodic Entrainment Across Cultures

In conversation, speakers often adapt aspects of their speaking style to the style of their conversational partner.  This phenomenon goes by many names, including entrainment, adaptation, and alignment.  In this talk, I will describe results from experiments on English and Mandarin prosodic entrainment in the Columbia Games Corpus and in the Tongji Games Corpus, large corpora of speech recorded from subjects playing a series of computer games. I also will discuss experiments relating entrainment to several social dimensions, including likeability and dominance, and its relationship to higher level prosodic features.  Finally, I will describe experiment with systems that entrain to their users in a set of “Go-Fish” games created in English, Porteño Spanish, and Slovak, as well as other ongoing research studying entrainment in deceptive speech and in linguistic code-switching. This is joint work with Štefan Beňuš, Nishmar Cestero, Agustín Gravano,  Rivka Levitan, Sarah Ita Levitan, and  Zhihua Xia.

Fillmore Professor: Julia HirschbergColumbia University

Julia Hirschberg is Percy K. and Vida L. W. Hudson Professor of Computer Science and Chair of the Computer Science Department at Columbia University. She worked at Bell Laboratories and AT&T Laboratories -- Research from 1985-2003 as a Member of Technical Staff and a Department Head, creating the Human-Computer Interface Research Department in 1994.   She served as editor-in-chief of Computational Linguistics (the major journal in the field) from 1993-2003 and co-editor-in-chief of Speech Communication from 2003-2006. She served on the Executive Board of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) from 1993-2003, on the Permanent Council of International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP) since 1996, and on the board of the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA) from 1999-2007 (as President 2005-2007); she has served on the CRA Executive Board (2013-14), the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) Council (2012-15), the Executive Board of the North American ACL (NAACL) (2012-15), the IEEE Speech and Language Processing Technical Committee (2011--), and the Computing Research Association’s Committee on Women (CRA-W) board (2009--), on which she has just become co-chair.  She has been an AAAI fellow since 1994, an ISCA Fellow since 2008, a (founding) ACL Fellow since 2011, was elected an ACM fellow in 2016 and an IEEE fellow in 2017. She was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 2014 and selected as an honorary member of the Association for Laboratory Phonology in the same year. She is a winner of the IEEE James L. Flanagan Speech and Audio Processing Award (2011) and the ISCA Medal for Scientific Achievement (2011). She received an Honorary Doctorate (Hedersdoktor) from KTH in 2007 and a Columbia Engineering School Alumni Association (CESAA) Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award in 2009. She has been active in working for diversity at AT&T and at Columbia. She works on prosody, speech analysis, and speech generation, with projects on deceptive speech, charismatic speech, entrainment, turn-taking behavior, and question-answering in spoken dialogue, text-to-speech synthesis, and emotional speech.

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Dept. of Computer Science 450 CSB M/C 0401 1230 Amsterdam Avenue New York NY 10027 USA



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emotional speech

deceptive speech

text-to-speech synthesis


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Jacob Science Building, Room 321