Dr.-Ing. Alexander Schmitt

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PhD Thesis

Topic

Statistical Modeling for Online Monitoring of Adaptive Spoken Dialog Systems

Status

completed

Description

The aim of this thesis is the development and testing of domain-independent algorithms and tools for predicting the dialogue outcomes in the framework of a spoken language dialog system. The application, in which the algorithms and methods will be demonstrated and evaluated, will be that of an automated agent providing customer care for technical problems, e.g. with cable TV and broadband internet. The envisioned methods are stochastically based and require huge amounts of log scripts as well as utterance transcripts representing interactions between the system and the user.
The thesis will be carried out under the auspices of the Graduate School Mathematical Analysis of Evolution, Information and Complexity and in cooperation with SpeechCycle, NYC, USA.

Research Interests
  • Information Technologies
  • Spoken Language Dialogue Systems
  • Machine Learning
Projects

ATRACO: Adaptive and Trusted Ambient Ecologies, funded by the European Union
roles: Member

A Companion-Technology for Cognitive Technical Systems, SFB/Transregio 62, DFG
role: Member of Project B1

Publications
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S. Ultes, A. Schmitt and W. Minker
Analysis of Temporal Features for Interaction Quality Estimation
Dialogues with Social Robots: Enablements, Analyses, and Evaluation, Springer Singapore, Singapore, pp. 367--379, 2017
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M. Sidorov, K. Brester, S. Ultes and A. Schmitt
Salient Cross-lingual Acoustic and Prosodic Features for English and German Emotion Recognition
Dialogues with Social Robots: Enablements, Analyses, and Evaluation, Springer Singapore, Singapore, pp. 159--169, 2017
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2016

A. Spirina, O. Vaskovskaia, M. Sidorov and A. Schmitt
Interaction Quality as a Human-Human Task-Oriented Conversation Performance
Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Speech and Computer (SPECOM 2016), Budapest, Hungary, August 2016
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A. Spirina, M. Sidorov, R. Sergienko and A. Schmitt
First Experiments on Interaction Quality Modelling for Human-Human Conversation
Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics (ICINCO 2016), Lisbon, Portugal, Vol. 2, pp. 374-380, July 2016
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R. Sergienko, I. Kamshilova, E. Semenkin and A. Schmitt
Weighted Voting of Different Term Weighting Methods for Natural Language Call Routing
Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics (ICINCO 2016), Lisbon, Portugal, Vol. 1, pp. 38-46, July 2016
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M. Sidorov, A. Schmitt, E. Semenkin and W. Minker
Could Speaker, Gender or Age Awareness be beneficial in Speech-based Emotion Recognition?
Proceedings of the 10th edition of the Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC 2016), Portorož (Slovenia), May 2016
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R. Sergienko, M. Shan and A. Schmitt
A Comparative Study of Text Preprocessing Techniques for Natural Language Call Routing
Proceedings of the 7th International Workshop On Spoken Dialogue Systems (IWSDS), January 2016
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2015

A. Schmitt and S. Ultes
Interaction Quality: Assessing the Quality of Ongoing Spoken Dialog Interaction by Experts---And How It Relates to User Satisfaction
Speech Communication, Vol. 74, pp. 12--36, November 2015
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M. Sidorov, K. Brester and A. Schmitt
Contemporary Stochastic Feature Selection Algorithms for Speech-based Emotion Recognition
Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (INTERSPEECH), Dresden, Germany, September 2015
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S. Ultes, M. Kraus, A. Schmitt and W. Minker
Quality-adaptive Spoken Dialogue Initiative Selection And Implications On Reward Modelling
Proceedings of the 16th Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue (SIGDIAL), ACL, Prague, Czech Republic, pp. 374--383, September 2015
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R. Sergienko and A. Schmitt
Verbal Intelligence Identification Based on Text Classification
Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (INTERSPEECH), Dresden, Germany, pp. 2524-2528, September 2015
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R. Sergienko, O. Akhtiamov, E. Semenkin and A. Schmitt
A novel approach to neural network design for natural language call routing
Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics - ICINCO 2015, Colmar, France, Vol. 01, pp. 102 - 109, July 2015
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A. Spirina, A. Schmitt, E. Semenkin and W. Minker
Interaction Quality in Human-Human Conversations: Problems and Possible Solutions
Journal of Siberian Federal University. Mathematics & Physics., Vol. 8, Num. 2, pp. 217-223, May 2015
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S. Ultes, M. Platero Sánchez, A. Schmitt and W. Minker
Analysis of an Extended Interaction Quality Corpus
Natural Language Dialog Systems and Intelligent Assistants, Springer International Publishing, pp. 41-52, 2015
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M. Sidorov, A. Schmitt and E. Semenkin
Automated Recognition of Paralinguistic Signals in Spoken Dialogue Systems: Ways of Improvement
Journal of Siberian Federal University, Mathematics and Physics, Vol. 8, Num. 2, pp. 208-216, 2015
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2014

M. Sidorov, S. Ultes and A. Schmitt
Automatic Recognition of Personality Traits: A Multimodal Approach
Proceedings of the 2014 Workshop on Mapping Personality Traits Challenge and Workshop (MAPTRAITS), Istanbul, Turkey, pp. 11-15, November 2014
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M. Sidorov, S. Ultes and A. Schmitt
Comparison of Gender- and Speaker-adaptive Emotion Recognition
International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC), Reykjavik, Iceland, pp. 3476-3480, May 2014
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M. Sidorov, S. Ultes and A. Schmitt
Emotions Are A Personal Thing: Towards Speaker-Adaptive Emotion Recognition
IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP), Florence, Italy, pp. 4836-4840, May 2014
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2013

M. Sidorov, A. Schmitt, S. Zablotskiy and W. Minker
Survey of Automated Speaker Identification Methods
Proceedings of the Intelligent Environments Conference (IE), Athens, Greece, pp. 236-239, July 2013
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S. Ultes, A. Schmitt and W. Minker
On Quality Ratings for Spoken Dialogue Systems -- Experts vs. Users
Proceedings of the 2013 Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies, Association for Computational Linguistics, Atlanta, Georgia, pp. 569--578, June 2013
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S. Ultes, R. ElChabb, A. Schmitt and W. Minker
JaCHMM: A Java-Based Conditioned Hidden Markov Model Library
IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP), 2013, Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada, pp. 3213--3217, May 2013
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A. Schmitt and W. Minker
Towards Adaptive Spoken Dialog Systems
Springer, Boston (USA), 2013
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2012

S. Ultes, A. Schmitt and W. Minker
Towards Quality-Adaptive Spoken Dialogue Management
NAACL-HLT Workshop on Future directions and needs in the Spoken Dialog Community: Tools and Data (SDCTD 2012), Association for Computational Linguistics, Montreal, Canada, pp. 49--52, June 2012
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A. Schmitt, S. Ultes and W. Minker
A Parameterized and Annotated Spoken Dialog Corpus of the CMU Let's Go Bus Information System
International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC), Istanbul, Turkey, pp. 3369--3373, May 2012
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S. Ultes, A. Schmitt, R. ElChabb and W. Minker
Statistical Modeling of Interaction Quality in Spoken Dialogue Systems: A Comparison of (Conditioned) Hidden-Markov-Model-based Classifiers vs. Support Vector Machines
Bulletin of Siberian State Aerospace University named after academician M.F. Reshetnev, 2012
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2011

S. Ultes, A. Schmitt and W. Minker
Attention, Sobriety Checkpoint! Can Humans Determine by Means of Voice, if Someone is Drunk... and can Automatic Classifiers Compete?
Proc. of the 12th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, Florence, Italy, pp. 3221--3224, August 2011
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A. Schmitt, A. Zgorzelski and W. Minker
Tackling a Shilly-Shally Classifier for Predicting Task Success in Spoken Dialogue Interaction
Proc. of the International Conference on Speech and Language Processing (ICSLP), Florence (Italy), August 2011
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S. Ultes, T. Heinroth, A. Schmitt and W. Minker
A Theoretical Framework for a User-Centered Spoken Dialog Manager
Proceedings of the Paralinguistic Information and its Integration in Spoken Dialogue Systems Workshop, Springer New York, New York, NY, Granada, Spain, pp. 241--246, 2011
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A. Schmitt, B. Schatz and W. Minker
Modeling and Predicting Quality in Spoken Human-Computer Interaction
Proceedings of the SIGDIAL 2011 Conference, Association for Computational Linguistics, Portland, Oregon, USA, pp. 173--184, 2011
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2010

A. Schmitt, M. Scholz, W. Minker, J. Liscombe and D. Suendermann
Is it Possible to Predict Task Completion in Automated Troubleshooters?
Proc. of the International Conference on Speech and Language Processing (ICSLP), Makuhari (Japan), September 2010
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A. Zgorzelski, A. Schmitt, T. Heinroth and W. Minker
Repair Strategies on Trial: Which Error Recovery Do Users Like Best?
Proc. of the International Conference on Speech and Language Processing (ICSLP), Makuhari (Japan), September 2010
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T. Polzehl, A. Schmitt and F. Metze
Salient Features for Anger Recognition in German and English IVR Portals
Springer, Boston, USA, In: Spoken Dialogue Systems Technology and Design, Chapter 4, pp. 83-105, August 2010
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A. Schmitt, U. Tschaffon, T. Heinroth and W. Minker
Inter-Labeler Agreement for Anger Detection in Interactive Voice Response Systems
6th International Conference on Intelligent Environments (IE'10), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), July 2010
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T. Polzehl, A. Schmitt and F. Metze
Approaching Multilingual Emotion Recognition from Speech - On Language Dependency of Acoustic/Prosodic Features for Anger Detection
Proc. of the Fifth International Conference on Speech Prosody, 2010. Speech Prosody 2010, Chicago, U.S.A., May 2010
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T. Heinroth, D. Denich, A. Schmitt and W. Minker
Efficient Spoken Dialogue Domain Representation and Interpretation
Proceedings of the Seventh Conference on International Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC'10), European Language Resources Association (ELRA), Valetta, Malta, May 2010
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A. Schmitt, T. Polzehl and W. Minker
Modeling A-Priori Likelihoods for Angry User Turns with Hidden Markov Models
Proc. of the Fifth International Conference on Speech Prosody, 2010. Speech Prosody 2010, Chicago, U.S.A., May 2010
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A. Schmitt, T. Polzehl, J. Liscombe and W. Minker
The Influence of the Utterance Length on the Recognition of Aged Voices
International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC), Valetta, Malta, May 2010
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A. Schmitt, G. Bertrand, T. Heinroth, J. Liscombe and W. Minker
WITcHCRafT: A Workbench for Intelligent exploraTion of Human ComputeR conversaTions
International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC), Valetta, Malta, May 2010
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T. Heinroth, D. Denich and A. Schmitt
OwlSpeak - Adaptive Spoken Dialogue within Intelligent Environments
8th IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications Workshops (PERCOM Workshops), Mannheim (Germany), pp. 666 - 671, March 2010
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T. Polzehl, A. Schmitt, F. Metze and M. Wagner
Anger Recognition in Speech Using Acoustic and Linguistic Cues
Speech Communication, Vol. Special Issue: Sensing Emotion and Affect - Facing Realism in Speech Processing, 2010
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T. Polzehl, F. Metze and A. Schmitt
Factors for Linguistic and Prosodic Emotion Recognition
36. Jahrestagung für Akustik (DAGA), DEGA e.V., 2010
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A. Schmitt, R. Pieraccini and T. Polzehl
"For Heaven's Sake, Gimme a Live Person!" Designing Emotion-Detection Customer Care Voice Applications in Automated Call Centers
Advances in Speech Recognition, Springer US, pp. 191-219, 2010
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A. Schmitt, T. Polzehl and W. Minker
Facing Reality: Simulating Deployment of Anger Recognition in IVR Systems
Spoken Dialogue Systems for Ambient Environments, Springer Berlin / Heidelberg, Series: Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 6392, pp. 122-131, 2010
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A. Schmitt, W. Minker and N. Sharaf
Advances in the Witchcraft Workbench Project
Proceedings of the SIGDIAL 2010 Conference, Association for Computational Linguistics, Tokyo, Japan, pp. 261--264, 2010
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2009

T. Polzehl, A. Schmitt and F. Metze
Comparing Features for Acoustic Anger Classification in German and English IVR Portals
First International Workshop on Spoken Dialogue Systems (IWSDS), Kloster Irsee (Germany), December 2009
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S. Mowafey, A. Schmitt, H. Hagras and W. Minker
Creating an Ambient Intelligent Environment with an Emotion-Aware System
Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Intelligent Environments, IOS Press, Barcelona (Spain), September 2009
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T. Heinroth, A. Schmitt and G. Bertrand
Enhancing Speech Dialogue Technologies for Ambient Intelligent Environments
5th International Conference on Intelligent Environments (IE'09), IOS Press, Barcelona (Spain), Series: Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments, Vol. 2, pp. 42-49, July 2009
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A. Schmitt, T. Heinroth and G. Bertrand
Towards Emotion, Age- and Gender-Aware VoiceXML Applications
5th International Conference on Intelligent Environments (IE’09), IOS Press, Barcelona (Spain), Series: Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments, Vol. 2, pp. 34-41, July 2009
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G. Bertrand, T. Heinroth and A. Schmitt
CHAD - Constraint Handling Architecture for Dialoguemanagement
5th International Conference on Intelligent Environments (IE'09), IOS Press, Barcelona (Spain), Series: Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments, Vol. 2, pp. 50-56, 2009
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A. Schmitt, D. Zaykovskiy and W. Minker
Speech Recognition for Mobile Devices
International Journal of Speech Technology, Vol. 11, Num. 2, pp. 63--72, 2009
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A. Schmitt, T. Heinroth and J. Liscombe
On NoMatchs, NoInputs and BargeIns: Do Non-Acoustic Features Support Anger Detection?
Proceedings of the SIGDIAL 2009 Conference, Association for Computational Linguistics, London, UK, pp. 128--131, 2009
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2008

O. Herm, A. Schmitt and J. Liscombe
When Calls Go Wrong: How to Detect Problematic Calls Based on Log-Files and Emotions?
Proc. of the International Conference on Speech and Language Processing (ICSLP), Brisbane, Australia, September 2008
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J. Pittermann and A. Schmitt
Integrating Linguistic Cues Into Speech-Based Emotion Recognition
4th IET International Conference on Intelligent Environments, Seattle (USA), July 2008
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J. Pittermann, A. Schmitt and W. Minker
Comparing Evaluation Criteria for (Automatic) Emotion Recognition
4th IET International Conference on Intelligent Environments, Seattle (USA), pp. 1-4, July 2008
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D. Zaykovskiy and A. Schmitt
Java vs. Symbian: A Comparison of Software-based DSR Implementations on Mobile Phones
4th IET International Conference on Intelligent Environments, Seattle (USA), July 2008
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D. Zaykovskiy and A. Schmitt
Deploying DSR Technology on Today's Mobile Phones: A Feasibility Study
4th IEEE Tutorial and Research Workshop Perception and Interactive Technologies for Speech-Based Systems, Irsee (Germany), June 2008
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A. Schmitt, C. Hank and J. Liscombe
Detecting Problematic Calls With Automated Agents
4th IEEE Tutorial and Research Workshop Perception and Interactive Technologies for Speech-Based Systems, Irsee (Germany), June 2008
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2007

D. Zaykovskiy, A. Schmitt and M. Lutz
New Use of Mobile Phones: Towards Multimodal Information Access Systems
3rd IET International Conference on Intelligent Environments, Ulm (Germany), September 2007
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D. Zaykovskiy and A. Schmitt
Java to Micro Edition Front-End for Distributed Speech Recognition Systems
The 2007 IEEE International Symposium on Ubiquitous Computing and Intelligence (UCI'07), Niagara Falls (Canada), May 2007
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Lectures
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W. Minker, H. Lang, A. Schmitt, S. Ultes and F. Nothdurft
Assistive and Adaptive Dialogue Systems
Graduate Course within the ERASMUS/SOCRATES Mobility Programme, Department of Computer Science, University of Granada (Spain), June 2012

2011

W. Minker, T. Heinroth and A. Schmitt
Dialogue Success Estimation and Adaptive Spoken Dialogue Management
Graduate Course within the ERASMUS/SOCRATES Mobility Programme, Department of Computer Science, University of Granada (Spain), May 2011

2009

W. Minker, A. Schmitt, A. Schmeiser and D. Zaykovskiy
DAAD Summer Course: Speech-Based Human-Computer Interfaces
Ulm, Germany, August 2009

W. Minker, A. Schmitt and S. Zablotskiy
Spoken Language Dialogue Systems
Graduate Course within the ERASMUS/SOCRATES Mobility Programme, Department of Computer Science, University of Warsaw (Poland), May 2009

2008

W. Minker, A. Schmitt and A. Schmeiser
Advanced Media
Compact Course: German University in Cairo (Egypt), October 2008

2007

W. Minker and A. Schmitt
Introduction to Spoken Language Dialogue Systems
Compact Course: German University in Cairo (Egypt), October 2007

W. Minker, A. Schmitt and P. Strauss
Spoken Dialogue Technology - Current Themes in Academic Research
Summer School, ELSNET Summer School on Advanced Dialogue Systems: Affectivity, Adaptability and Multimodality, Belfast (Northern Ireland), July 2007

W. Minker, A. Schmitt, A. Schmeiser and B. Wiegel
DAAD Summer Course: Speech-Based Human-Computer Interfaces and Multimedia Networks
August

In Progress / Completed
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Bachelor Thesis
A Java Workbench for Prediction Model Analysis for Spoken Dialogue Systems
2010
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Master Thesis
Online Detection of Interaction Quality in Spoken Dialogue Systems
2010
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Master Thesis
Towards Intelligent Voice User Interfaces: Online Call Quality Estimation for Interactive Voice Response Systems
2010
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2009

Bachelor Thesis
A Sliding Window Approach to Statistical Problematic Call Recognition
2009
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Bachelor Thesis
Detection of Angry Callers with Hidden Markov Models
2009
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Bachelor Thesis
Rolling out graphical user interfaces in Arabic
2009
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Bachelor Thesis
Voice user interface in Arabic
2009
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Master Thesis
Speech-based Emotion Recognition for Interactive Voice Response Systems
2009
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2008

Master Thesis
Masking Noise for Automatic Speech Recognition
2008
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Master Thesis
Verteiltes Spracherkennungssystem zur Verwendung von verschiedenen Onlinediensten
2008
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2007

Master Thesis
Detecting problematic Phone Calls in an SLDS-based Call-Center using Machine Learning Approaches
2007
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Talks
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W. Minker
Engineering at Ulm University
Presentation at Nara Institute of Science and Technology - NAIST (Japan), September 2016

2015

W. Minker
Motivation zu Mobilität
Presentation at the DAAD Conference "Bologna macht mobil – Auslandsmobilität im Fokus", Berlin (Germany), December 2015

W. Minker and F. Nothdurft
Dialogue Systems at Ulm University
SEU - Ulm Computer Science and Engineering Joint Workshop, Nanjing (China), September 2015

W. Minker and F. Nothdurft
Dialogue Systems at Ulm University
NAIST - Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Nara (Japan), September 2015

W. Minker
Spoken Dialogue Systems – Towards User-Centred Functionality and Assistance
UPF-DTIC Research Seminars, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona (Spain), April 2015, April 2015

W. Minker
Interaction with Cognitive Technical Systems
Invited Talk at NII Shonan Meeting 059 -- The Future of Human-Robot Spoken Dialogue: from Information Services to Virtual Assistants, Shonan (Japan), March 2015

W. Minker and F. Nothdurft
Assistive Interfaces for Technical Companion Systems
Presentation at Dorpater Dozentenabend (DDA), Tartu (Estonia), February 2015

2014

W. Minker, M. Sidorov and S. Ultes
Dialogue Systems Research at Ulm University---Adaptive Speech Interfaces for Technical Companions
Turkish-German Multimodal Interaction Symposium, Istanbul, November 2014, November 2014

W. Minker and A. Schmitt
Strategic Partnership---Ulm University and SibSAU
International Workshop on Mathematical Modeling and Its Applications, November 2014

W. Minker
Current and Past Research Activities of the Dialogue Systems Group
LIMSI-CNRS, Orsay (France), April 2014, April 2014

2013

S. Ultes, T. Gasanova, R. Sergienko, M. Sidorov, D. Zaykovskiy and W. Minker
Research at Ulm University
Presentations at Siberian Federal University and Siberian State Aerospace University, Krasnoyarsk (Russia), September 2013

W. Minker, F. Nothdurft, M. Sidorov and S. Zablotskiy
From Spoken Dialogue Systems to Trustworthy Companions
Presentations at Siberian Federal University and Siberian State Aerospace University, Krasnoyarsk (Russia), January 2013

2011

A. Schmitt, K. Zablotskaya, S. Zablotskiy and W. Minker
Research at Ulm University
Presentations at Siberian Federal University and Siberian State Aerospace University, Krasnoyarsk (Russia), December 2011

K. Zablotskaya, G. Bertrand and W. Minker
Automatic Language Processing and Adaptive Dialogue Management
Graduate Course within the ERASMUS Mobility Programme, Department of Computer Science, University of Granada (Spain), September 2011

2010

W. Minker and A. Schmitt
Adaptiveness in Spoken Dialogue Systems
Presentations at National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Kyoto (Japan), October 2010

W. Minker, A. Schmitt, K. Zablotskaya and S. Zablotskiy
Technology Trends for Spoken Language Dialogue Systems
Presentations at Siberian Federal University and Siberian State Aerospace University, Krasnoyarsk (Russia), September 2010

W. Minker
Spoken Language Dialogue Systems for Ambient Intelligence
Invited talk at the Seoul National University, Soul (Korea), July 2010

W. Minker
Assistive and Adaptive Spoken Language Dialog Systems
Invited Talk at 2nd tubs.CITY Symposium, Visual Computing and Spoken Language Processing in Braunschweig (Germany), June 2010

2009

A. Schmitt and W. Minker
Hot Topics and Challenges in Dialogue Systems Research
German University in Cairo (Egypt), November 2009

W. Minker
Technical Companions
Presentation at Augsburg University (Germany), June 2009

W. Minker and A. Schmitt
Dialogue Systems Research at Ulm University - Assistive, Adaptive and Proactive Speech Interfaces
Presentations at National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Kyoto, Kyoto University and Tokyo Institute of Science and Technology (Japan), April 2009

2008

W. Minker and A. Schmitt
Transfer of New Spoken Dialogue Interface Technologies
Workshop Volkswagen AG, Wolfsburg (Germany), July 2008

W. Minker
Digital Companions - Recent Speech Technology Trends
Workshop on Software Engeneering, University of Granada (Spain), June 2008

W. Minker, A. Schmitt and D. Zaykovskiy
Information Technology - Dialogue Systems
Presentations at Siberian Federal University and Siberian State Aerospace University, Krasnoyarsk (Russia), May 2008

W. Minker
Statistical Methods for Higher-Level Processing in Spoken Language Dialogue Systems
POSCO International Center, POSTECH, Pohang (Korea), January 2008

2007

W. Minker
Aktuelle Entwicklungen in der Sprachdialogtechnologie
University of Ulm (Germany), June 2007

W. Minker
Spoken Language Dialogue Systems - Towards Cognitive Technical Assistants
Cardiff University (United Kingdom), June 2007

W. Minker
Emerging User Interfaces
University of Liverpool (United Kingdom), May 2007

W. Minker
State-of-the-Art in Speech-Related Technologies
University of Wolverhampton (United Kingdom), April 2007

W. Minker
Systèmes d'interaction vocale - thèmes actuels de recherche
École Polytechnique, Palaiseau (France), April 2007

W. Minker
Towards Intelligent, Adaptive and Pro-Active Speech Interfaces
IDIAP Research Institute (Switzerland), March 2007

W. Minker
The Computer as a Dialogue Partner
Heriot Watt University (United Kingdom), February 2007

W. Minker
Research Trends in Spoken Language Dialogue Systems
Korea Institute of Science and Technology, KAIST (Korea), January 2007

2006

W. Minker
Recent Trends in Spoken Language Dialogue Systems
Invited Paper Presentation, ITI 4th International Conference on Information and Communications Technology (ICICT 2006), Cairo (Egypt), December 2006

W. Minker
Sprachverarbeitung - Grundlagen und aktuelle Entwicklungen
University of Hannover (Germany), December 2006

W. Minker
Spoken Language Dialogue Systems - Research Trends
K. U. Leuven (Belgium), November 2006

W. Minker
Der Computer als Dialogpartner
Studium Generale Ulm (Germany), October 2006

W. Minker
Kommunikation mit empathischen Sprachdialogsystemen
University of Cottbus (Germany), October 2006

W. Minker
"R2-D2, where are you ?" - Der Computer als Dialogpartner
University of Ulm (Germany), July 2006

W. Minker
Intelligent, Adaptive and Proactive Spoken Language Dialogue Systems
University of Stuttgart (Germany), May 2006

2005

W. Minker
Mathematische Methoden für die automatische Sprachverarbeitung
Graduate School: Mathematical Analysis of Evolution, Information and Complexity - University of Ulm (Germany), November 2005

W. Minker
Recent Trends in Speech-Based Human - Machine Interaction
Princess Interactive Technology Conference, Magdeburg (Germany), September 2005

W. Minker and D. Bühler
Intelligent Speech Interfaces
Hannover Messe International, Hannover (Germany), April 2005

2004

W. Minker
New Research Directions for Multimodal Dialogue Systems - User-Friendliness, Intelligence, and Adaptiveness
Informatisches Colloquium, University of Hamburg (Germany), November 2004

2003

W. Minker
Intelligent and User-Friendly Dialogue Systems
LIMSI-CNRS, Orsay (France), September 2003

2002

W. Minker
Multi-Modal Spoken Language Dialogue Systems in Mobile Environments
Keynote, VIII Iberoamerican Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IBERAMIA), Sevilla (Spain), November 2002

W. Minker
Safety and Functionality Issues for In-Vehicle Human-Machine Interfaces
Telefónica, Madrid (Spain), November 2002

W. Minker
Design Issues and Evaluation of the Seneca Speech-based Human-Machine Interface
Presentation, International Conference on Speech and Language Processing (ICSLP), Denver (USA), September 2002

W. Minker
Mensch-Maschine Sprachdialogsysteme
Infineon Corporate Research, München (Germany), July 2002

W. Minker
Modern Speech Technologies in Cars
ZVEI Symposium Sprachverarbeitung, Frankfurt/Main (Germany), February 2002

2001

W. Minker
Spoken Natural Language Systems for Human-Machine Communication
Hochschulvortragsreihe, VDI/VDE Gesellschaft, University of Ulm (Germany), December 2001

W. Minker
Recent Examples for Evaluating Spoken Language Dialogue Systems
COCOSDA Workshop on Language Resources and Technology Evaluation, Aalborg (Denmark), September 2001

W. Minker
Moderne Sprachtechnologien - von der digitalen Signalverarbeitung zur künstlichen Intelligenz
Elektrotechnisches Kolloquium, University of Ulm (Germany), June 2001

2000

W. Minker
DaimlerChrysler - Research in Speech Understanding Systems
LIMSI-CNRS, Orsay (France), December 2000

W. Minker
DaimlerChrysler - Sprachverstehende Systeme
Fachausschuß Neuronale Netze und evolutionäre Algorithmen, VDI/VDE-Gesellschaft, Ulm (Germany), October 2000

W. Minker
Overview on Recent Activities on Speech Understanding and Dialogue Systems Evaluation
COCOSDA Workshop on Language Resources and Technology Evaluation, Beijing (China), October 2000

W. Minker
The SmartKom Project
Naval Research Laboratory, Washington (USA), September 2000

W. Minker
Stochastisches Verfahren zur semantischen Analyse natürlicher gesprochener Sprache in Mensch-Maschine Dialogsystemen
Kolloquium Neuroinformatik, University of Ulm (Germany), July 2000

W. Minker
Xybernaut im BMBF-Projekt SmartKom
Xyberdays Manufacturing, CAT, Internationale Fachmesse für Produktentwicklung und Engineering, Stuttgart (Germany), May 2000

1999

W. Minker
Stochastically-based semantic analysis for spoken language dialogue systems
Bell Labs - Lucent Technologies, Murray Hill (USA), August 1999

1998

W. Minker
Construction de la sémantique à partir de corpus de dialogue oral homme-machine
VALORIA, Université Bretagne-Sud, Vannes (France), December 1998

W. Minker
Multilingual Information Management: Current levels and future abilities
Panelist, Workshop Multilingual Information Management: Current Levels and Future Abilities, held in conjunction with the International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC), Granada (Spain), May 1998

External Research Associate