It’s time to start making your plans for AVIOS’s Mobile Voice Conference 2015, scheduled for April 20-21st. The Mobile Voice Conference has a different focus than any other mobile or speech technology conference out there. This conference zooms into the details of how speech and natural language technology intersect with mobile devices and apps.
This year, the conference theme is “The Intelligent Connection” and a major focus will be the current state of intelligent assistant / virtual agent technologies. I gave a preview of the Mobile Voice Conference 2015 in a post this past December, which included a link to the draft agenda. The final conference program has now been published and it’s packed full of interesting presentations.
The sessions are divided into two main tracks:
- Track 1: Applications and Case Studies
- Track 2: Technologies and Tools
Track 1 is great if you’re looking for ideas on how your company or clients can benefit from mobile voice applications in general, including from enterprise intelligent assistants. Track 2 is perfect for practitioners interested in a deeper dive into voice platforms, natural language and speech recognition tools, and related technologies.
The conference will take place at the Sainte Claire Hotel in San Jose, CA. There are a limited number of discounted rooms available to conference attendees. Reserve yours before they’re all spoken for. You can get more details on the Mobile Voice Conference 2015 official website.
AVIOS is hosting the Mobile Voice Conference next year in San Jose from April 20-21. The 2015 Mobile Voice Conference will include topics on enterprise intelligent assistants and supporting technologies. If you’re interested in attending, you can register at a reduced fee from now through December 31st.
For those who aren’t familiar with it, AVIOS stands for Applied Voice Input/Output Society. AVIOS is an international speech technology applications professional society that has been around since 1981. It includes numerous local chapters where people interested in speech technology have a chance to meet and share ideas. The Mobile Voice Conference is an annual event that AVIOS has sponsored for quite some time in conjunction with TMA Associates.
According to the preliminary program, the 2015 Mobile Voice Conference will be organized into two tracks. Track 1 will focus on applications and use cases, while Track 2 takes a deeper dive into technologies and tools. Some of the proposed sessions in Track 1 include: The evolution of the contact center in a mobile world, creating effective virtual agents, and personal assistants in the enterprise. Track 2 offers sessions such as: text-to-speech status and options, speech recognition technology options and issues, and talking to a computer: a deeper look. There will also be case studies of real world implementations of speech technologies.
If you want to get a flavor for what a Mobile Voice Conference is like, you can take a look at the presentations from the 2014 conference.
Next year’s conference is shaping up to be an extremely informative gathering for any company evaluating enterprise virtual assistants. Whether you’re in the early stages of developing a business case around intelligent assistants, or already deploying these smart technologies to get a competitive edge, check out the preliminary program and grab your discounted registration while it lasts.
This year’s Mobile Voice Conference took place in San Francisco from March 3-5. While the conference focuses on speech and natural language technology on a mobile platform, this year’s event included many sessions on virtual assistants and virtual agent technologies. William Meisel, the conference organizer. recently posted a summary of the conference presentations. For those of us who weren’t fortunate enough to attend, it seems we missed out on some great content.
Meisel noted that there were topics covering both general personal assistants and specialized assistants. He classifies general personal assistants as those whose capabilities tend to be broad, but not very deep, such as Siri and Google Now. These mobile assistants try to do a lot of things, but they don’t have very deep skills in any one domain. Specialized personal assistants, on the other hand, target their capabilities at more narrowly focused areas. Meisel cites customer service avatars, sometimes called web self-service agents, as examples of specialized assistants.
The conference included presentations that addressed both the general and the specialized virtual assistant market. There were also talks on voice-enabled apps in cars, wearables, biometric authentication, conversational interfaces, and more.
The Mobile Voice Conference is organized by AVIOS, the Applied Voice Input/Output Society. Keep an eye out for announcements about next year’s conference. It it’s anything like this year’s, it’ll be a great opportunity to network with other professionals from the mobile voice and virtual assistant industry and learn about where those technologies are heading.