What's all the Hype about Voice?
Applications and Technologies for the next
12-18 Month Market
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Open to the public.
There is a limit of 60 participants
Fee: $10 (payable by check or cash day of program)
(No fee to Sponsors of the Center)
for Press Release
This Interactive Panel Discussion is a follow-up program to the
Think Tank Session on voice-driven enterprise applications that
took place at the Center on September 13, 2000. A panel of experts
from the Think Tank Session and others will be discussing the deployment
of voice and speech-recognition technologies and applications for
consumers and enterprises.
Bryan Mekechuk, Chief Technology Officer & Co-Founder,
Jack Chang, President and Chief Executive Officer,
Jeff Kunins, Manager, Developer Products & Evangelism,
TELLME NETWORKS, INC.
Bryan Michael, Product Manager,
Richard Swan, Director, Director, Corporate Research Center,
SAP LABS INC., PALO ALTO
Foad Vafai, Product Manager, International Products,
Speech has long been the "holy grail" of human-computer interfaces
in pop culture. From "Star Trek" to Disney World's "Home of the
Future," we have always expected voice to be the ultimate way we
would desire to interact with our automated assistants. Two aspects
turn out to be true. First, that powerful speech-driven applications
are a reality today. Second, that voice is not the "ultimate interface"
for all applications; designing effective voice user interfaces
presents real challenges which are distinct from those in the visual
realm. In the past 12 months, a new breed of companies, and consequently
new markets, have sprung up around the convergence of "Voice" and
"the Web." These companies capitalize on 1) recent advances in pure,
speaker-independent speech recognition that enable a broader class
of commercial-grade applications, and 2) on the massive global investment
companies have recently made in "Web-ifying" their backend infrastructure.
There has been an emergence of companies that deliver a range of
both consumer and corporate services.
Traditional Web services use technologies like Perl, ASP, or WebSphere
to dynamically generate HTML by executing database queries and other
logic on the server. The emerging VoiceXML standard brings this
paradigm to the phone, giving developers an easy, integrated way
to deliver a voice-enabled version of their services that completely
leverages their existing Web investment.
An interactive dialogue between the panelists and the audience
participants will focus on voice technologies and applications for
the next 12-18 month markets.
To register, please send name, title, company, email address and
phone number to:
Sara K. Dean
Silicon Valley World Internet Center