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Prof. Alex Waibel
Institute for Anthropomatics Interactive Systems Labs

Building 50.20
Adenauerring 2
D-76131 Karlsruhe

Tel: +49 721 608 44730

e-mail: Alex Waibel 

Profile

The Interactive Systems Lab at KIT focuses on technologies that facilitate the human experience, human mutual understanding and communication. Research ranges from speech recognition, translation, speech synthesis, language, vision technologies, person tracking and recognition, multi-modal and cross-modal perceptual interfaces, smart rooms and pervasive computing. Head of the Interactive Systems Lab is Prof. Alex Waibel.

Our laboratory is founding member of interACT. The international center for Advanced Communication Technologies is a joint center between eight of the leading universities in the field of computer science.

 

NEWS

Alex Waibel awarded IEEE Fellow

The IEEE Board of Directors elevated Prof. Alex Waibel to IEEE Fellow, effective 1 January 2015, for his contributions to neural network based speech recognition and translation and multimodal interface, further information... 

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Visit of Prof. Milberg, Oct. 23, 2014

The Chairman of the Supervisory Board of BMW AG, Prof. Joachim Milberg visited KIT and the IAR. During his lab visit we presented the simultaneous automatic speech translation system to Prof. Milberg and the KIT-delegation. 

 
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Personal Translator for Students in WS 14/15!

The Lecture Translator offers in the winter semester 2014/2015 about 20 lectures, simultaneously and automatically translated - follow the lectures on http://www.lecture-translator.kit.edu!

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Delegation from Changzhou, Oct. 16, 2014

A delegation from Changzhou, Province of Jiangsu, China, visited the Institute for Anthropomatics and Robotics on Oct. 16, 2014. After the presentations on KIT, the Institute and the Province, a lab-tour was organised to the robotics lab and a demonstration of the simultaneous translation of university lectures.

 
Alex Waibel KIT Expert

KIT's expert team has a new member: Prof. Alex Waibel is KIT's contact in the field of speech recognition, language processing, speech translation, multimodal and perceptual user interfaces and neural networks. See his profile on the KIT's experts page.

Lecture Translator @ "Lust auf Technik" in Stuttgart

ISL presents its automatic simultaneous speech translation system to the young participants of the exhibiton "Lust auf Technik", to be held in Stuttgart, Germany on November 20-23. Visit us and explore our system! Further information....

 
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Alex Waibel Talk @ Leopoldina Annual Assembly 2014

"Perception and Control: Sensory systems in biology and engineering" is the topic of the annual assembly of the academy of science, which will be held in Rostock, Germany on September 19-21, 2014. Alex Waibel was invited to give a talk on "A World without Language Barriers: Utopia or Reality?". Further information...

IWSLT 2014 - save the date

The 11th IWSLT will take place in South Lake Tahoe, California Nevada on Dec. 4-5, 2014. More information: IWSLT 2014 website 

 
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Antonio Zampolli Prize for Alex Waibel

Prof. Alex Waibel was awarded the Antonio Zampolli prize. The European Language Resources Association (ELRA) gives the prize for outstanding contributions to the advancement of language resources and language technology evaluation within human language technologies. The prize was handed over at LREC 2014 during the official ceremony on Friday, May 30, 2014. Further information... 

Invitation: interACT Seminar with Prof. Satoshi Nakamura

Prof. Satoshi Nakamura, NAIST will held an interACT seminar on

Information Theory: Source Coding

We kindly invite all students and faculty to his lecture, to be given at KIT on June 3-6, 2014, 05.00 - 06.30 pm, Bldg. 50.20, Room 223 (Adenauerring 2)

 
Invitation: Student Welcome Day, June 02, 2014

Same procedure as every year: We kindly invite all students to our lab on June 02, 2014, 4pm. Explore our work, see our demos, talk to Prof. Waibel and to all our collegues - we are looking forward to welcoming you in our lab (Bldg. 50.20, KIT Campus South).

ISL @ KIT-Annual Reception

ISL showed its lecture translator at the annual reception of KIT on March 20, 2014. The guests explored our service for our students live during the exhibition. More infos....

 
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Stefan Riezler @ ISL

Prof. Stefan Riezler, Heidelberg University hold a lecture on "Theoretical and Practical Grounding in Empirical Computational Linguistics" @ ISL on February 11, 2014. Further information...

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NAIST Delegation at KIT

On Feb. 07, 2014 we had the pleasure of the visit of a high level delegation from NAIST in order to discuss the future collaboration in interACT

 
EU-BRIDGE @ ICT in Vilnius

"Bridges Across the Language Divide" presents his news at ICT 2013 in Vilnius in a booth and a networking session! Further information… 

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Alex Fraser @ ISL

Dr. Alex Fraser, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München hold a lecture on "Improving Translation to Morpholgically Rich Languages" at ISL on July 10, 2013. Further information… 

 
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Alex Waibel key note at ICRA 2013

Alex Waibel gave a key note on "Multi- und Cross-lingual Robotic Assistants" at ICRA 2013 in Karslruhe. 

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EU-Commissioner Neelie Kroes at EU-BRIDGE booth Prof. Alex Waibel presented EU-BRIDGE and in particular its use-case "simultaneous translation of university lectures" to EU-Commissioner Neelie Kroes at CeBIT in Hannover on March 05, 2013.
 
ISL @ CeBIT 2013!

ISL will show the simultaneous automatic translation of lectures at CeBIT 2013. You will find us in the CeBIT-lab (hall 9) at the KIT-booth. For further information see the lecture translator at CeBIT-web

ISL @ "Sprachtechnologietag 2013"

Status and future of speech technologies are discussed during the German Speechtechnologyday, held in Berlin on January 24-25, 2013. Prof. Alex Waibel presented "Socially Aware Ineractive Assistants" and participated in the panel discussion where the German part in the speechtechnology was discussed. A poster on ISL's multilingual technologies showed ISL's research and milestones. For further information can be found on the page of the organiser, meta-net...

 
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IWSLT 2013 - save the date!!!

The 10th International Workshop on Spoken Language Translation (IWSLT) will take place in the castle of Heidelberg on Dec. 05-06, 2013. IWSLT-2013-web-site

IWSLT 2012 - Best Paper Award for Jan Niehues & Alex Waibel

Jan Niehues and Alex Waibel won the "IWSLT 2012 Best Paper Award" with their paper entitled: Continuous Space Language Models using Restricted Boltzmann Machines

 
9th IWSLT, HKUST, Dec. 6-7, 2012

The International Workshop on Spoken Language Translation (IWSLT) is a yearly scientific workshop, associated with an open evaluation campaign on spoken language translation, where both scientific papers and system descriptions are presented. The 9th IWSLT takes place at the interACT-partner HKUST, Hong Kong on Dec. 6-7, 2012. More information... 

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Alex Waibel Keynote at the European Parliament

Prof. Alex Waibel presented the automtic simultaneous lecture translation technology at the European Parliament on the conference: „New Technologies and Education for Multilingualism going Global“ (October 18 and 19, 2012). Follow his talk „Simultaneous Machine Interpretation – Utopia?“ via the live stream from October 19, 09.30am

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Lecture Translator @ ShanghAI Lectures

On Oct. 11, 2012 Alex Waibel gave a guest talk "Breaking the Language Barrier" @ the ShanghAI lectures. Follow the lecture and the simulteneous translation by machine via the webcast:

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University without Language Barriers!

On June 11, 2012 we have introduced the First Simultaneous Translation Service by Computer. 

Follow the presentaion via the live-stream

More information...

 
NAIST new partner in interACT

The Nara Institute of Science and Technology is the eight interACT-partner. NAIST-president Akira Isogai and KIT-president Horst Hippler signed the agreement on April 09, 2012 at NAIST, Japan

 
EU-BRIDGE Kick-Off

Luxembourg, Feb. 6-7: Official kick-off EU-BRIDGE. The 11 partners will develop above state-of-the art speech and machine translation capabilities in view of new and more challenging business us cases. Further info under:

www.eu-bridge.eu

ISL @ AAAS 2012

ISL will present it’s open domain speech translation system at the AAAS Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Feb. 16-20, 2012.

http://www.aaas.org/meetings/future_mtgs/
 
KIT im Rathaus

The KIT-Focus Anthropomatics and Robotics" will be presented at the next "KIT im Rathaus" in Karlsruhe, on January 17, 2012, beginning at 6.30 pm. Further information under http://www.zak.kit.edu/2534.php

ISL @ Fakultätentag 2011

ISL presented it's research fields to the new students of computer science during the "Fakultätentag 2011". Warm welcome to all new students and the invitation to always stop by our lab to gather more information!

 
IWSLT 2011

Evaluation and registration is now open for the 11th international workshop on speech translation, to be held in San Francisco on Dec. 8-9, 2011. Further information under: www.iwslt2011.org 

Meta-Prize winner Prof. Alex Waibel, Georg Rehm (DFKI) and
META Prize for Jibbigo

Jibbigo received the European Meta Prize for outstanding mobile voice translators bringing speech translation to mobile devices. Awarded by the Multilingual Europe Technology Alliance (META), the prize was handed over to Prof. Alex Waibel in Budapest on June 28, 2011.  

 
Best Results

Three times best results in three speech pairs: Alex Waibels team received outstanding results in the most important evaluation for European Languages: On the 6th Workshop on Statistical Machine Translation 2011.