Seminars

Jun
29
Wed
Guillermo Cecchi
Jun 29 @ 10:45 am – 12:00 pm

Seminar title, abstract, location, and time to be announced.

Bio

Guillermo Cecchi received an education in Physics (MSc, University of La Plata, Argentina, 1991), Physics and Biology (PhD, The Rockefeller University, 1994-1999), and Imaging in Psychiatry (Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University 2000-2001). He has been interested in diverse aspects of theoretical biology, including Brownian transport, molecular computation, spike reliability in neurons, song production and representation in songbirds, statistics of natural images and visual perception, statistics of natural language, and brain imaging. In 2001 he joined IBM Research to work on computational approaches to brain function.

In recent years, Dr. Cecchi has pioneered the use of a computational linguistics approach to quantify psychiatric conditions from short speech samples, applying it successfully to conditions as diverse as schizophrenia, mania, prodromal psychosis, and drug and alcohol intake.

Jul
6
Wed
Miloš Cerňak
Jul 6 @ 10:45 am – 12:00 pm

Seminar title, abstract, and location to be announced.

Bio

Milos holds a Ph.D. in Computer science from Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava. Since 2011 he is a Scientific Collaborator at Idiap Research Institute, Martigny, Switzerland, involved in various Swiss R&D academic and industrial projects with a core focus on speech recognition and synthesis, low bit rate speech coding, and prosody parametrization. From 2008, he was a member of IBM Research in Prague, working on embedded ViaVoice speech recognition and IBM Reading Companion. After graduating in 2005, he was a post-doc researcher at Institute EURECOM in France, and a principal researcher at Slovak Academy of Sciences. During his doctoral studies in 2001, he was also a visiting scientist at Iowa State University’s Virtual Reality Application Centre, Ames, USA. He is interested in signal processing, phonology, and neural basis of speech production and perception.

Jul
13
Wed
April Foreman
Jul 13 @ 10:45 am – 12:00 pm

Seminar title, abstract, and location to be announced.

Bio

Dr. April C. Foreman (or @DocForeman to her healthcare social media crew), is a Licensed Psychologist serving Veterans in Louisiana as a Suicide Prevention Coordinator for the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System (Veterans Affairs, VISN 16). Prior to that she worked as the only Licensed Psychologist providing care in the four of the sickest and poorest counties of rural Kansas. Dr. Foreman received her Ph.D. from Texas Tech University in 2005.

DocForeman’s mission in life is to relieve pain, one person, one problem, one minute at a time if she has to. She is known for her practical experience using innovations in emerging technology to solve problems for patients with severe emotional pain. You can read about one of her projects here: http://www.jopm.org/columns/innovations/2011/09/26/just-text-me-using-sms-technology-for-collaborative-patient-mood-charting/. This project was recognized in the US Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Innovation Exchange. DocForeman is experienced at adapting emerging technology to enhance therapeutic outcomes in scalable, practical ways. She is passionate about serving and advocating for people with Borderline Personality Disorder.

You can find DocForeman on Facebook (April Foreman), and on Twitter, where she moderates a weekly Twitter Chat on Suicide Prevention and Social Media (#SPSM). SPSM chat is a project designed to build and spread expertise in the intersection of social media and suicide prevention. A weekly guest expert or targeted discussion topic is featured each week, and targeted at a diverse and multidisciplinary group of stake holders in this field. Each week’s chat is curated, creating a centralized and searchable body of expertise and thought leadership. You can find it here: http://storify.com/SPSMChat

Center for Language and Speech Processing