About the Author
Maxine Eskenazi, Carnegie Mellon University, USADr. Eskenazi is Principal Systems Scientist at the Language Technologies Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, USA. She has authored over 100 scientific papers in the areas of computer assisted language learning and speech and spoken dialog systems. Her work has produced such systems as the Let's Go spoken dialog system and the REAP vocabulary tutor. She is also the founder and CTO of the Carnegie Speech Company. Gina-Anne Levow, University of Washington, USADr. Levow is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics, University of Washington, USA. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Washington, she served on the faculty at the University of Chicago in the Department of Computer Science and as a Research Fellow at the University of Manchester, UK. She served on the Editorial Board of Computational Linguistics and as Associate Editor of ACM Transactions on Asian Language Processing. Helen Meng, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong KongDr. Meng is Founder and Director of the Human-Computer Communications Laboratory at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and is also the Founder and Co-Director of the Microsoft-CUHK Joint Laboratory for Human-Centric Computing and Interface Technologies, which was conferred the national status of the Ministry of Education of China (MoE) Key Laboratory in 2008. Prof. Meng also served as an Associate Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Engineering from 2006 to 2010. She serves as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing. Gabriel Parent, Amazon.com, USAGabriel Parent is a Software Development Engineer at Amazon.com working on solving natural language related problems. His main research focuses were human-computer interaction through spoken dialog systems and crowdsourcing. David Suendermann, Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University, GermanyDr. Sundermann is currently full Professor of Computer Science at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University, Stuttgart, Germany. He is also the Principal Speech Scientist of SpeechCycle, New York, USA which has been recognized by Deloitte as a "Technology Fast 500" company based on revenue growth. He has authored more than 70 publications and patents, including a book and six book chapters.