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QMUL, School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science

Centre for Digital Music Seminar Series

Seminar by: Mirco Ravanelli (Université de Montréal, MILA)

Date/time: Wednesday 10th of November, 3.00-4.00 pm GMT

Location: Online

Zoom Link: (registration required)

Open to students, staff, alumni, public; all welcome. Admission is FREE.

Title: The SpeechBrain Project

Abstract: SpeechBrain is an open-source and all-in-one conversational AI toolkit. It is designed to facilitate the research and development of speech and language technologies by being simple, flexible, user-friendly, and well-documented. This talk describes the core architecture designed to support several tasks of common interest, allowing users to naturally conceive, compare and share novel conversational AI pipelines. SpeechBrain achieves competitive or state-of-the-art performance in a wide range of benchmarks. It also provides training recipes, pretrained models, and inference scripts for popular datasets, as well as tutorials that allow anyone with basic Python proficiency to familiarize themselves with speech technologies. The talk will also discuss the future research direction for this project and share some ideas for the future development of intelligent speaking machines.


Bio: Mirco Ravanelli is a postdoc researcher at Université de Montréal, working under Prof. Yoshua Bengio's supervision. He will soon join Concordia University as an Assistant Professor and the Université de Montréal as an adjunct professor. His main research interests are deep learning and Conversational AI. Mirco is the author or co-author of more than 50 papers on these research topics. He received his Ph.D. (with cum laude distinction) from the University of Trento in December 2017. Mirco is an active member of the speech and machine learning communities. He is the founder and leader of the SpeechBrain project.

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