It’s nice, flashy, and insightful, so I had to repost!
Apparently, my Top 5 posts with the most views in 2012 were:
- The voice-activated lift won’t do Scottish! (Burnistoun S1E1 – ELEVEN!) 8 COMMENTS July 2010
- Speech Recognition for Dummies 20 COMMENTS May 2010
- TEDxSalford (28 Jan 2012): 10 hours of mind-blowing inspiration 2 COMMENTS March 2012
- TEDxManchester (13 Feb 2012): Best of! 1 COMMENT May 2012
- What to do after a PhD? (University of Manchester Pathways 2011) 0 COMMENTS June 2011
Happy New Year!
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 6,900 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 12 years to get that many views.
Click here to see the complete report.
After the extensive TEDxSalford report, and the TEDxManchester Best-of, it’s about time I posted the YouTube video of my TEDxManchester talk!
TEDxManchester took place on Monday 13th February this year at one of the iconic Manchester locations – and my “local” – the Cornerhouse. Among the luminary speakers were people I have always been admiring, such as the radio Goddess Mary Anne Hobbs, and people I have become very close friends with over the years – which has led me to an equal amount of admiration, such as Ian Forrester (@cubicgarden to most of us). You can check out their respective talks, as well as some awesome others, in my TEDxManchester report below.
My TEDxManchester talk
I spoke about the weird and wonderful world of Voice Recognition (“Voice Recognition FTW!”): from the inaccurate – and far too often funny – simple voice-to-text apps and dictation systems on your smartphones, to the most frustrating automated Call Centres, to the next generation, sophisticated SIRI and everything in-between. I explained why things go wrong and when things can go wonderfully right. The answer is “CONTEXT”; the more you have of it , the more accurate and relevant the interpretation of user intention will be, and the more relevant and impressive the system reaction / reply will be.
Here is finally my TEDxManchester video on YouTube.
And below are my TEDxManchester slides.
Today, Friday 10th June, I am taking part again in the University of Manchester’s PATHWAYS 2011 Career event for PhD students and Research Staff.
The event takes place over three days and is designed to support delegates in making career choices, exploring future plans and discovering the breadth of opportunities available to them.
Over the three days, Pathways comprises:
I am one of the 77 Panelists who will address questions such as:
- At what point in your PhD did you / should you really begin to think about the next step in your career?
- How did you decide on which careers to follow – what other careers did you consider or would you consider as a next step?
- What other jobs do you know of which have been filled by PhD researchers?
- How did you / should PhD researchers go about the process of looking for employment?
- How did you / would you successfully market a PhD to potential employers?
- How are PhD researchers perceived in the job market?
- At interview what types of questions were you / could you be asked about your PhD?
- What was your first job after your PhD?
- How did you find that job?
- Was that job what you expected? What was different?
- Did you use the skills / knowledge from your PhD in your first job / in your current role?
- What did you learn during your PhD which was useful in your first job?
- Is there anything you learnt during your PhD which you use in your current job?
- Is there anything you wish you had learnt or done during your PhD which would have helped your career?
I really enjoyed being a Panelist last year, as you will witness from my older blog post: “The Loneliness of the long-distance … VUI Designer!“. So I am really looking forward to sharing some insight this year again into the world of Industry, the thrills and perils of start-ups, the luring flexibility of freelancing, and the dos and don’ts of Project Management.
P.S. Not sure who added those 2 extra lines in my profile that don’t make sense with the rest but it wasn’t my fault!