Gokhan Tur

Gokhan Tur
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Brief Bio

Dr. Gokhan Tur is an established computer scientist working on spoken language understanding (SLU), especially for human/machine conversational systems. He received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Bilkent University, Turkey in 2000. Between 1997 and 1999, he was a visiting scholar at the Center for Machine Translation (now LTI) of CMU, then the Department of Computer Science of Johns Hopkins University, and then the Speech Technology and Research Lab of SRI International. He worked at AT&T Labs - Research, NJ from 2001 to 2006,  working on pioneering conversational systems such as "How May I Help You?". He worked for the DARPA GALE and CALO projects at the Speech Technology and Research Lab of SRI International, CA from 2006 to 2010. He is currently with Microsoft ResearchSpeech and Dialog Research Group, working on Cortana like systems.

His research interests include spoken language understanding (SLU), speech and language processing, machine learning, and information retrieval and extraction. He co-authored more than 100 papers published in refereed journals or books and presented at international conferences. He is the editor of the book entitled "Spoken Language Understanding - Systems for Extracting Semantic Information from Speech" by Wiley in 2011. Dr. Tur is also the recipient of the Elsevier Speech Communication Journal Best Paper awards by ISCA for 2004-2006 and by EURASIP for 2005-2006. Dr. Tur is the organizer of the HLT-NAACL 2007 Workshop on Spoken Dialog Technologies, and the HLT-NAACL 2004 and AAAI 2005 Workshops on SLU, and the editor of the Elsevier Speech Communication Journal Special Issue on SLU in 2006. He is also the spoken language processing area chair for IEEE ICASSP 2007, 2008, and 2009 conferences, spoken dialog area chair for HLT-NAACL 2007 conference, finance chair for IEEE/ACL SLT 2006 and IEEE SLT 2010 workshops, and SLU area chair for IEEE ASRU 2005 workshop.

Dr. Tur is a senior member of IEEE, ACL, and ISCA, was a member of IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS), Speech and Language Technical Committee (SLTC) for 2006-2008, and was an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing journal. He is currently an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Multimedia Processing journal and member of the IEEE SPS Industrial Relations Committee.

Research Interests

  • Spoken Language Understanding and Dialog
  • Natural Language and Speech Processing
  • Machine Learning
  • Spoken Dialog Systems
  • Information Extraction
  • Machine Translation

Work Experience

Education

All Publications

Patents

  • U.S. Patent #8,731,924, Apparatus and method for model adaptation for spoken language understanding, 2014

  • U.S. Patent #8,719,010, Method and apparatus for responding to an inquiry, 2014

  • U.S. Patent #8,700,404, System and method for using semantic and syntactic graphs for utterance classification, 2014

  • U.S. Patent #8,694,324, System and method of providing an automated data-collection in spoken dialog systems, 2014

  • U.S. Patent #8,548,805, System and method of semi-supervised learning for spoken language understanding using semantic role labeling, 2013

  • U.S. Patent #8,542,803, System and method for integrating and managing E-mail, voicemail, and telephone conversations using speech processing techniques, 2013

  • U.S. Patent # 8,478,589 Library of existing spoken dialog data for use in generating new natural language spoken dialog systems, 2013

  • U.S. Patent #8,473,451, Preserving privacy in natural language databases, 2013

  • U.S. Patent #8,412,514, Method and apparatus for compiling and querying a QA database, 2013

  • U.S. Patent #8,010,357, Combining active and semi-supervised learning for spoken language understanding, 2011

  • U.S. Patent #7,996,219, Apparatus and method for model adaptation for spoken language understanding, 2011

  • U.S. Patent #7,957,971 System and method of spoken language understanding using word confusion networks, 2011

  • U.S. Patent #7,860,713, Reducing time for annotating speech data to develop a dialog application, 2010

  • U.S. Patent #7,853,451, System and method of exploiting human-human data for spoken language understanding systems, 2010

  • U.S. Patent #7,835,910, Exploiting unlabeled utterances for spoken language understanding, 2010

  • U.S. Patent #7,742,911, Apparatus and method for spoken language understanding by using semantic role labeling, 2010.

  • U.S. Patent #7,664,644, Multitask learning for spoken language understanding, 2010

  • U.S. Patent #7,562,014, Active learning process for spoken dialog systems, 2009.

  • U.S. Patent #7,412,383, Reducing time for annotating speech data to develop a dialog application, 2008.

  • U.S. Patent #7,295,981, Method for building a natural language understanding model for a spoken dialog system, 2007.

  • U.S. Patent #7,292,982, Active labeling for spoken language understanding, 2007.

  • U.S. Patent #7,292,976, Active learning process for spoken dialog systems, 2007.

  • U.S. Patent #7,263,486, Active learning for spoken language understanding, 2007.

Professional Societies

  • IEEE, The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Senior Member.
  • ISCA, International Speech Communication Association, Member.
  • ACL, The Association for Computational Linguistics, Member.

Professional Activities

 

    Conference Review

    • ACL 2014, The Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, Reviewer, Baltimore, MD, June 2014
    • SIGdial 2014, The 15th Annual SIGdial Meeting on Discourse and Dialogue, Program Committee Member, Philadelphia, PA, June 2014.
    • ICASSP 2014, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, Reviewer, Florence, Italy, May 2014.
    • ASRU 2013, IEEE Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding Workshop, Scientific Committee Member, Olomouc, Czech Republic, December 2013.
    • Interspeech 2013, Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA), Reviewer, Lyon, France, August 2013.
    • SIGdial 2013, The 14th Annual SIGdial Meeting on Discourse and Dialogue, Program Committee Member, Metz, France, August 2013.
    • ACL 2013, The Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, Reviewer, Sofia, Bulgaria, August 2013.
    • SLSP 2013, International Conference on Statistical Language and Speech Processing, Reviewer, Tarragona, Spain, July 2013.
    • ICASSP 2013, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, Reviewer, Vancouver, Canada, May 2013.
    • SLT 2012, IEEE Workshop on Spoken Language Technology, Reviewer, Miami Beach, FL, December 2012.
    • Interspeech 2012, Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA), Reviewer, Portland, OR, September 2012.
    • EMNLP-CoNLL 2012, Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing and Conference on Computational Natural Language Learning, Reviewer, Jeju, Korea, July 2012.
    • SIGdial 2012, The 13th Annual SIGdial Meeting on Discourse and Dialogue, Program Committee Member, Seoul, South Korea, July 2012.
    • ICASSP 2012, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, Reviewer, Kyoto, Japan, March 2012.
    • NAACL-HLT 2012, The North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics - Human Language Technologies conference, Reviewer, Montreal, Canada, June 2012.
    • ASRU 2011, IEEE Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding Workshop, Scientific Committee Member, Waikoloa, HI, December 2011.
    • EMNLP 2011, Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing, Reviewer, Edinburgh, UK, October 2011.
    • Interspeech 2011, Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA), Reviewer, Florence, Italy, August 2011.
    • SIGDial 2011, Annual SIGdial Meeting on Discourse and Dialogue, Reviewer, Portland, OR, June 2011.
    • ICASSP 2011, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, Reviewer, Prague, Czech Republic, May 2011.
    • SLT 2010, IEEE Workshop on Spoken Language Technology, Reviewer, Berkeley, CA, December 2010.
    • EMNLP 2010, Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing, Reviewer, Cambridge, MA, October 2010.
    • Interspeech 2010, Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA), Reviewer, Makuhari, Japan, September 2010.
    • COLING 2010, The 23rd International Conference on Computational Linguistics, Reviewer, Beijing, China, August 2010.
    • ACL 2010, The 48th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, Reviewer, Uppsala, Sweden, July 2010.
    • AAAI 2010, The 24th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Reviewer, Atlanta, GA, July 2010.
    • LREC 2010, The 7th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, Reviewer, Malta, May 2010.
    • ICASSP 2010, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, Associate Reviewer, Dallas, TX, March 2010.
    • ASRU 2009, IEEE Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding Workshop, Scientific Committee Member, Merano, Italy, December 2009.
    • Interspeech 2009, 10th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA), Reviewer, Brighton, UK, September 2009.
    • ISCIS 2009, The 24th International Symposium on Computer and Information Sciences, Reviewer, Ankara, Turkey, September 2009.
    • ACL-IJCNLP 2009 The 47th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, Reviewer, Suntec, Singapore, August 2009.
    • ICASSP 2009, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, Associate Reviewer, Taipei, Taiwan, April 2009.
    • EACL 2009 The 12th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics, Reviewer, Athens, Greece, March-April 2009.
    • SLT 2008, IEEE Workshop on Spoken Language Technology, Reviewer, Goa, India, December 2008.
    • EMNLP 2008, Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing, Reviewer, Honolulu, HI, October, 2008.
    • Interspeech 2008, ISCA International Conference on Spoken Language Processing, Reviewer, Brisbane, Australia, September 2008.
    • IEEE SCSC 2008, IEEE International Conference on Semantic Conference, Reviewer, Santa Clara, CA, August 2008.
    • ACL 2008, The 46th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies, Reviewer, Columbus, OH, June 2008.
    • ACL 2008 Mobile Language Processing Workshop, Reviewer, Columbus, OH, June 2008.
    • ACL 2008 Student Research Workshop, Reviewer, Columbus, OH, June 2008.
    • ICASSP 2008, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, Associate Reviewer, Las Vegas, NV, April 2008.
    • ASRU 2007, IEEE Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding Workshop, Scientific Committee Member, Kyoto, Japan, December 2007.
    • NIPS 2007, Neural Information Processing Systems, Reviewer, Whistler, B.C., Canada, December 2007.
    • SIGDial Workshop on Discourse and Dialogue, Reviewer, Antwerp, Belgium, September 2007.
    • Interspeech 2007, ISCA International Conference on Spoken Language Processing, Reviewer, Antwerp, Belgium, August 2007.
    • ACL 2007, The 45th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, Reviewer, Prague, Czech Republic, June 2007.
    • ICASSP 2007, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, Associate Reviewer, Honolulu, HI, April 2007.
    • SLT 2006, IEEE/ACL Workshop on Spoken Language Technology, Reviewer, Aruba, December 2006.
    • InterSpeech 2006, ISCA Ninth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing, Reviewer, Pittsburgh, PA, September 2006.
    • ICASSP 2006, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, Associate Reviewer, Toulouse, France, May, 2006
    • HLT/EMNLP 2005, Human Language Technology Conference - Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing, Reviewer, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, October, 2005.
    • EUSIPCO 2005, 13th European Signal Processing Conference, Reviewer, Antalya, Turkey, September 2005.
    • ICASSP 2005, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, Associate Reviewer, Philadelphia, PA, March 2005.
    • HLT-NAACL 2004, Human Language Technology Conference and Fifth Meeting of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics, Program Committee Member, Boston, MA, May 2004.
    • ISCIS 2004, The 19th International Symposium on Computer and Information Sciences, Reviewer, Antalya, Turkey, October 2004.
    • ICSLP 2004, Eighth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing, Reviewer, Jeju Island, Korea, October 2004.
    • ACL 2004, The 42nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, Reviewer, Barcelona, Spain, July 2004.
    • NAACL 2001, Second Meeting of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics, Reviewer, Pittsburgh, PA, June 2001.
    • EACL'99, 9th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics, Student Session Reviewer, Bergen, Norway, June 1999.
  • Other

Awards, Scholarships, and Honors

Teaching

Personal Information

  • Languages: Turkish (native), English (fluent), German (beginner)
  • Date of Birth: November 30, 1972
  • Married with one daughter.

Contact

Microsoft Research

Mountain View, CA 94043         

Microsoft Silicon Valley

gokhan.tur@ieee.org

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