Associate Professor in Speech Technology
Department of Speech Music and Hearing
School of Computer Science and Communication
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Young Academy of Sweden
I am a Professor in Speech Communication and Technology, with a specialization in Conversational Systems, at the Department of Speech Music and Hearing at KTH in Stockholm. I am also a faculty member of the SRA ICT-The Next Generation platform at KTH.
In my research I study human communication and develop computational models that allow computers and robots to speak face-to-face with humans. To take part in a conversation, social robots must be able to see the people they are interacting with, hear what they say, interpret what is said in context, take the turn at appropriate places, and express themselves with words, gestures, gaze and intonation. Since social robots are likely to play an important role in our future society, the technology has direct applications, but it can also be used to increase our understanding of the mechanisms behind human communication. This requires an interdisciplinary approach, which includes phonetics, linguistics, language technology, artificial intelligence and machine learning.
In 2014, I co-founded the company Furhat Robotics together with Samer Al Moubayed and Jonas Beskow at KTH. I am working part-time as a Chief Scientist in the company.
Since 2015, I am one of 34 members of the Young Academy of Sweden - an independent, cross-disciplinary forum for some of the most promising young researchers in Sweden in all disciplines.
Here is an example of a system I have developed, running at the Museum of Science and Technology in Stockholm 2014:
For more videos, see my YouTube channel