Joakim  Gustafson

I am a professor, and head of the Department of Speech, Music and Hearing at KTH. I started working with spoken dialogue systems in 1992 as part of the Waxholm project. In 1998 I led the development of the August project, which had the aim of building a synthetic August Strindberg that members of the public could chat with. Between 1998 and 2002 I worked on the AdApt system, which was a multimodal spoken dialogue system for browsing apartments on sale in Stockholm. The topic of my PhD thesis was iterative development of multimodal dialogue systems.

Between 2000 and 2007 I had a position as a senior researcher at Telia Research. My main focus was on research projects, but I also acted as expert support in commercial launches of speech applications. In 2001 I worked in the TänkOm project, where visitors at the telecom museum could enter an apartment of the future and interact with the animated agent Pixie. 2002-05 I led the development of Telia's part of the EU funded project NICE. The goal of this project was to build a speech enabled computer game where children could interact with animated 3D game characters.

In my current position I am doing long term research in design and development of multimodal systems and social robots, as well as interactional analysis of spontaneous spoken dialogue phenomena. I currently heading a VR-funded project InkSynt that aims to develop methods for incremental text-to-speech conversion, which can be used in dynamically changing situations. I am also involved in the PTS-funded project WikiSpeech, that will make open source speech syntheses available through Wikimedia’s server architecture. I have recently started working on human-robot interaction, for instance in the EU project IURO, where a mobile robot asked pedestrians in Munich for directions. . In this project the social robot FurHat FurHat was developed.. I am currently involved in the EU project BabyRobot, where we will build social robots for children, and two SSF-finded projects: FACT, where we will develop collaborative robots for manufacturing and EACare where we will build a robot companion that will support elderly mental wellbeing and try out methods for detection of dementia.

I am examiner and lecturer in the speech technology course and lecturer at the course in language engineering. I am member of the Editorial Board of the journal Speech Communication and I am the Impact Leader of the school of Computer Science and Communication.

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