Mobile Voice Conference 2015 Presentations Available

A few weeks ago, I wrote a brief synopsis of the AVIOS-sponsored Mobile Voice Conference 2015, which occurred from April 20-21 in San Jose, CA. There were many excellent sessions at the conference on all aspects of speech recognition, natural language processing, intelligent assistants, and technologies supporting the Internet of Things. If you missed the conference, or even if you were able to attend, you now have access to the presentations.

Mobile Voice ConferenceThe AVIOS team has recently made the Mobile Voice Conference 2015 speaker presentations available online. Accessing the slides won’t give the full experience of each session. Many of the speakers used video or voice clips to augment the visual material. And of course the slides themselves can’t convey all the nuanced information that the speakers related to the onsite audience.

Even with these shortcomings in mind, the presentation materials provide a great resource. For those who weren’t able to attend the conference, hopefully the content will whet your appetite to attend the Mobile Voice Conference 2016.

Mobile Voice Conference 2015 Wrap Up

This year’s Mobile Voice Conference brought together over a hundred industry experts in the fields of speech recognition, natural language processing, cognitive computing, and voice-enabled mobile app development. As you might imagine, the atmosphere was lively and the general mood upbeat. How could it not be? Speech technologies are in the limelight these days and there’s really no more exciting place to be.

Mobile Voice ConferenceThe two days were chock full of interesting presentations, Here are just a few highlights from my notes.

Tim Tuttle of ExpectLabs demonstrated their powerful MindMeld voice-driven search technology. He stated that in three years, most computers won’t have keyboards. We’ll be using natural language as the interface of choice. The MindMeld technology is available to companies to create their own voice-driven content discovery.

Lisa Falkson of CloudCar showed technologies that allow us to use voice commands in our cars to facilitate navigation, communication, and entertainment. They’re working together with ExpectLabs to enable advanced voice-driven search from right within your vehicle.

Christina Apatow of Speaktoit’s api.ai demonstrated how the backend system that powers the highly-rated Speaktoit Assistant is now available to developers. She showed the graphical development platform that allows you to easily build your own voice-enabled applications and run them using the Speaktoit API.

Sara Basson from the IBM Watson team talked about how the cognitive computing technology is being used to enhance learning. She gave some insights into the Watson Cognitive Tutor that engages students to improve their learning experience.

Peter Cahill of Voysis delved into the challenges of making text-to-speech sound more human, especially when reading a story. He gave a glimpse of some exciting new technology that his company is pioneering that may facilitate breakthroughs in this area.

There was an excellent session on virtual assistants in the health care space. Jen Snell from NextIT showed some of their early technology in this area. She cited a study that shows many patients seem to prefer interacting with a virtual assistant upon discharge from a hospital following a procedure and that readmissions or complications can be avoided if the patient has been instructed by a virtual assistant.

Laura Kusumoto from Kaiser Permanente talked about some of their emerging technology that includes virtual health assistants and health coaches.

Jonathan Dreyer from Nuance demonstrated their Florence virtual health care assistant. This is still an early technology, but they’ve been working closely with doctors to improve the technology and Dreyer even demoed a voice-enabled wearable physician’s virtual assistant.

There were sessions on the evolution of personal assistants and other sessions focusing on intelligent assistants in the enterprise. I gave a short talk on a framework that can be used for evaluating enterprise virtual assistants. The framework might be useful if you’re a company in the market for customer-facing virtual agent technologies, but you’re not quite sure how to determine your needs.

There were far more sessions than I’ve listed here, and of course lots of great discussions with industry experts. If you missed the event, or if you were there and would like a copy of the presentations, stay tuned to the Mobile Voice Conference website. Rumor has it that they may be posting the presentations soon.

Mobile Voice Conference to Focus on Intelligent Connection

The Mobile Voice Conference is just around the corner. If you haven’t registered yet, now’s the time. This is the fifth iteration of the annual conference and this year’s theme is The Intelligent Connection.

Mobile Voice ConferenceThe theme has a two-fold meaning. On the one hand, mobile voice technologies connect us with the intelligence that is in the world around us, be it on the Web or in specific applications or things.

On the other hand, voice technologies allow us to leverage our inherent human intelligence to connect to apps and smart things. Our voices, and the meaning they convey through language, have become the new user interface.

The fifth annual Mobile Voice Conference takes place in San Jose, CA from April 20-21.  It features two full days of sessions covering actionable information on implementing effective mobile voice strategies. You can view the full program online.

Intelligent Assistants to be a Focal Point of 2015 Mobile Voice Conference

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.

Mobile Voice ConferenceFor 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.

Mobile Voice Conference 2014 Wrap-Up

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.

Mobile Voice Conference 2014Meisel 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.