ASRU 2013

Augmenting conversations with a speech understanding anticipatory search engine

Marsal Gavalda (Expect Labs)

This presentation will show how speech recognition, natural language processing, and information retrieval techniques are being combined to drive an innovative anticipatory search engine that is able to listen in on spontaneous, human-to-human conversations and augment them by providing, proactively and in real time, information culled from a variety of sources, including web and social graph, that is directly relevant to the content being discussed.


Dr Marsal Gavalda is a senior R&D leader with deep expertise in speech and language technologies. Before joining Expect Labs as Director of Research, Marsal served as VP and Chief of Research at Verint Systems, where he led Verint's global R&D in speech and text analytics. Prior to that, Marsal served as VP of Research and Incubation at Nexidia, where he conducted original research in speech recognition and natural language understanding, and developed disruptive solutions for the call center, intelligence, and media markets. Marsal holds a PhD in Language Technologies and a MS in Computational Linguistics, both from Carnegie Mellon University, and a BS in Computer Science from the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya in Barcelona. Marsal is a frequent speaker at academic and technology conferences and every summer he organizes a summit in Barcelona on topics as diverse as machine translation, music, or the neuroscience of free will.