RSE Curious: How Do Machines Learn to Talk?

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Speaker: Professor Verena Rieser, Heriot-Watt University

Amazon Alexa, Apple's Siri or Google's assistant are able to converse with humans using language. This talk will review the underlying technology and discuss their limitations and potentials.

Amazon Alexa, Apple’s Siri or Google’s assistant are able to converse with humans using language. The underlying technology – often referred to as spoken dialogue systems – has experienced a revolution over the past decade, moving from being completely handcrafted to using data-driven machine learning methods.

This talk will review current developments including reinforcement learning and deep learning models. It will not only evaluate them in relation to real-world applications but also discuss ethical implications and challenges.

Tea & Talk Series

The Tea & Talk series invites everyone to enjoy a cup of tea while engaging with experts in a friendly, relaxed discussion. There won’t be any powerpoints, notes or formality here – just the chance to ask questions and to listen to some of Scotland’s leading authorities on a variety of subjects.