Ada Lopez starts as a PhD candidate

We’re very happy to announce the arrival of Ada Lopez as a new PhD candidate in the ElPaCo project. Ada’s PhD is generously funded by a PhD fellowship from the Centre for Language Studies at Radboud University. She will work on various topics at the intersection of social interaction and language technology, probably focusing on speech recognition (ASR).

As it happens, Ada’s arrival is also a return: she joined our project for a lab rotation in 2021 as part of her ResearchMA programme, which resulted in her involvement in two peer-reviewed conference papers (see below). We’re very happy to be able to work with her over the next four years!

Lopez, A., Liesenfeld, A., & Dingemanse, M. (2022). Evaluation of Automatic Speech Recognition for Conversational Speech in Dutch, English and German: What Goes Missing? Proceedings of the 18th Conference on Natural Language Processing (KONVENS 2022). PDF
Liesenfeld, A., Lopez, A., & Dingemanse, M. (2023). The timing bottleneck: Why timing and overlap are mission-critical for conversational user interfaces, speech recognition and dialogue systems. Proceedings of the 24th Annual SIGdial Meeting on Discourse and Dialogue. doi: 10.18653/v1/2023.sigdial-1.45 PDF