With over 2000 participants, this was the largest Interspeech to date! We presented our work on laughter annotation (together with Jürgen Trouvain) and on emotional expressions in older adults’ autobiographical memories. It was a nice conference, gave me some ideas and inspiration for future work!
We attended ACII 2019 in Cambridge, UK with several members of HMI. Deniece Nazareth presented her PhD work about emotional expressions in older adults’ autobiographical memory recall. And Michel Jansen presented his PhD work on context in automatic emotion recognition.
Together with Roeland Ordelman, we were present at the Drongo Language Festival in Nijmegen, explaining to the general public (and language lovers) what kind of speech technology research we do at Human Media Interaction. The day before, I gave several talks during InScience, the International Science Film Festival, also in Nijmegen, about AI and speech technology. Back in Enschede, the first LightBulb Chat about AI was organized by the DesignLab and I was happy to be one of the speakers to talk about speech technology and AI.
On 14 November, 2018, Roelof de Vries successfully defended his PhD with the title “Theory-based and tailor-made: motivational messages for behaviour change technology”.