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  Michael Tjalve

  Assistant Professor

  Department of Linguistics

  University of Washington

  Guggenheim Hall 4th Floor

  Seattle, WA 98195-2425

  Email: mtjalve at u.washington.edu

Research interests:

  • Conversational AI

  • AI for social good

  • Novel interfaces to learning

  • Future of work and societal impact of AI

  • Human-machine interaction, inclusive design, and ethical application of AI

  • Multi-language and cross-language speech recognition

  • Pronunciation variation and accent variation modeling

  • Experimental phonetics

About me

I have been working in the field of conversational AI for the past twenty years - both in industry and academia.

My primary occupation is on the Tech for Social Impact team within Microsoft Philanthropies where I work as Director of Innovation, partnering with nonprofits and humanitarian organizations on applying a wide range of technologies to help address the big challenges they're working on today. You can read more about our work here: microsoft.com/nonprofits.

I received my PhD in Speech Technology from University College London. The topic of my dissertation is accent variation modeling and how to improve speech recognition accuracy for accented speakers. In short, my research offers a mechanism for automatically generating an idiodictionary, a user-specific pronunciation dictionary, at runtime based on accent features extracted directly from the user's speech.

I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and I have been a member of faculty in the Department of Linguistics since 2009 where I teach in the CLMS program.

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