The Making of Gale – Joseph Olive (DARPA)

April 20, 2010 all-day

This talk will present the making of Darpa’s Global Autonomous Language Exploration (GALE) initiative, from soup to nuts. I will describe the development of human-language technology, specifically translation and distillation of both speech and text. I will also present the challenges of evaluating such technologies both within the constraints of Darpa’s go/no-go requirements and within innovative evaluation paradigms that have arisen over the course of the initiative.
Dr. Joseph Olive is a Darpa Program Manager of the Global Autonomous Language Exploration (GALE) program. He has had over thirty years of experience in research and development at Bell Laboratories and 19 years of experience in management. He has been the world leader in research of text-to-speech synthesis and has managed a world-class team in computer dialogue systems and human-computer communication. In his role as director of speech research and CTO of Lucent’s Business Unit, Lucent Speech Solutions, he supervised the productization of Bell-Labs core speech technologies: Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR), Text-to-Speech Synthesis (TTS), and Speaker Verification (SV). He also led the dialogue research team in creating a “next-generation” dialogue system for e-mail reading and navigation. Dr. Olive graduated from the University of Chicago with a Ph.D. in Physics. After leaving the University of Chicago, Dr. Olive combined his interest in computation and his interest in music and began research in acoustics and signal processing.

Center for Language and Speech Processing