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A technology and research podcast from Microsoft Research India

    Podcast: What 'bhasha' do you want to talk in? With Kalika Bali and Dr. Monojit Choudhury

    Podcast: What 'bhasha' do you want to talk in? With Kalika Bali and Dr. Monojit Choudhury

    Episode 003 | June 02, 2020
    Many of us who speak multiple languages switch seamlessly between them in conversations and even mix multiple languages in one sentence. For us humans, this is something we do naturally, but it’s a nightmare for computing systems to understand mixed languages. On this podcast with Kalika Bali and Dr. Monojit Choudhury, we discuss codemixing and the challenges it poses, what makes codemixing so natural to people, some insights into the future  of human-computer interaction and more.
    Kalika Bali (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/people/kalikab/) is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research India working broadly in the area of Speech and Language Technology especially in the use of linguistic models for building technology that offers a more natural Human-Computer as well as Computer-Mediated interactions, and technology for Low Resource Languages.  She has studied linguistics and acoustic phonetics at JNU, New Delhi and the University of York, UK and believes that local language technology especially with speech interfaces, can help millions of people gain entry into a world that is till now almost inaccessible to them.
    Dr. Monojit Choudhury (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/people/monojitc/) is a Principal Researcher in Microsoft Research Lab India since 2007. His research spans many areas of Artificial Intelligence, cognitive science and linguistics. In particular, Dr. Choudhury has been working on technologies for low resource languages, code-switching (mixing of multiple languages in a single conversation), computational sociolinguistics and conversational AI. He has more than 100 publications in international conferences and refereed journals. Dr. Choudhury is an adjunct faculty at International Institute of Technology Hyderabad and Ashoka University. He also organizes the Panini Linguistics Olympiad for high school children in India and is the founding chair of the Asia-Pacific Linguistics Olympiad. Dr. Choudhury holds a B.Tech (https://nam06.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fb.tech%2F&data=02%7C01%7Csriv%40microsoft.com%7Cf8f0d41c11774c4e953108d7e12aca5c%7C72f988bf86f141af91ab2d7cd011db47%7C1%7C0%7C637225446209672873&sdata=4NwtDDyao6mZHRPfrJQS68dvi0v1ohF7EcchcK2IBXE%3D&reserved=0) and PhD degree in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Kharagpur.
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    Monojit Choudhury: It is quite fascinating that when people become really familiar with a technology, and search engine is an excellent example of such a technology, people really don’t think of it as technology, people think of it as a fellow human and they try to interact with the technology as they would have done in natural circumstances with a fellow human.
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    Host: Welcome to the Microsoft Research India podcast, where we explore cutting-edge research that’s impacting technology and society. I’m your host, Sridhar Vedantham.
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    Enabling Rural Communities to Participate in Crowdsourcing, with Dr. Vivek Seshadri

    Enabling Rural Communities to Participate in Crowdsourcing, with Dr. Vivek Seshadri

     
    Episode 002 | March 20, 2020
    Enabling Rural Communities to Participate in Crowdsourcing, with Dr. Vivek Seshadri
    Crowdsourcing platforms and the gig economy have been around for a while. But are they equally accessible to all communities? Dr. Vivek Seshadri, a researcher at Microsoft Research India, doesn’t think so, and is trying to change this. On this podcast, Vivek talks about what motivated him to focus on research that can help underserved communities, and in particular, about Project Karya, a new platform to provide digital work to rural communities. The word “Karya” literally means “work” in a number of India languages.
    Vivek primarily works with the Technology for Emerging Markets group at Microsoft Research India. He received his bachelor's degree in Computer Science from IIT Madras, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University where he worked on problems related to Computer Architecture and Systems. After his Ph.D., Vivek decided to work on problems that directly impact people, particularly in developing economies like India.

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    Vivek Seshadri: If you look at crowdsourcing platforms today, there are a number of challenges that actually prevent them from being accessible to people from rural communities. The first one is, most of these platforms contain tasks only in English. And all their task descriptions, everything,

    Podcast: Potential and Pitfalls of AI with Dr. Eric Horvitz

    Podcast: Potential and Pitfalls of AI with Dr. Eric Horvitz

    Episode 001 | March 06, 2020
    Dr. Eric Horvitz is a technical fellow at Microsoft, and is director of Microsoft Research Labs, including research centers in Redmond, Washington, Cambridge, Massachusetts, New York, New York, Montreal, Canada...

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