Deb Roy, director of M.I.T Media Lab’s Cognitive Machines group, and Chair of the Academic Program in Media Arts and Sciences was the guest speaker this week at the Berkman Center’s Luncheon Series.
Roy’s presentation discussed The Human Speechome Project, an effort to observe and computationally model the longitudinal course of language development of one child at an unprecedented scale.
The Project is “collecting audio and video recordings for the first two to three years of one child’s life, in its near entirety, as it unfolds in the child’s home. To analyze the resulting massive audio-visual corpus, we are developing new data mining technologies to help human analysts rapidly annotate and transcribe recordings using semi-automatic methods, and to detect and visualize salient patterns of behavior and interaction.”
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