Today sees the launch of the Joint AVIxD / IxDA Workshop on Speech Interaction on Mobile Devices that kick-starts the mother of Voice Solutions Fairs, SpeechTEK 2011 in New York next week (8-10 Aug).
AVIxD is the Association for Voice Interaction Design, a professional organisation that aims to
“eliminate apathy and antipathy toward the need for good design of automated voice services”,
which has become my favourite VUI mantra!
IxDA is the Interaction Design Association, a much bigger professional “un-organisation” which intends to:
“improve the human condition by advancing the discipline of Interaction Design”
A very worthy cause indeed, especially since it is true that “the human condition is increasingly challenged by poor experiences. “!
Today’s Joint Workshop in New York aims to bring together interaction design practitioners from across the voice, interactive, and digital areas to identify the issues and challenges involved in speech interaction design on mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, and to come up by the end of the day with ways to approach them or even tackle them. A very ambitious format that, however, really does work!
AVIxD organised another Workshop this year on Cross-linguistic & Cross-cultural Voice Interaction Design, which was also the 1st European Workshop, just before SpeechTEK Europe in London this May past. See what we all came up with in those 6 hours in the SpeechTEK Europe PDF presentation below.
And if you don’t manage to take part in today’s workshop, make sure you go to the SpeechTEK Conference and Exhibition itself that starts tomorrow and runs until Wednesday the 10th. Listen to presentations and see or even try for yourself market-ready products relating to:
- multimodal applications
- cross-channel applications
- speech analytics
- speaker identification and verification
- in-car systems
- natural language and say-anything technologies
- speech translation
- voice-enabled personal assistants
- as well as the latest speech recognition techniques and technologies
I particularly recommend the Keynote Panel on “Mobility — A Game-Changer for Speech?” on Tuesday on how smartphones are dramatically changing how customers interact with businesses and with the devices themselves. Some really interesting issues and questions will be raised, such as:
* How voice user interfaces will be integrated with graphical user interfaces?
* Will users embrace voice as they have embraced keypads on mobile devices?
Sadly I am in the UK today and next week, so I’m going to miss it all. But if you are lucky enough to be in or near New York, make sure you go and enjoy!