IMSAloquium

IMSAloquium is an annual, public event during which the IMSA community showcases research and other innovative work done during the year. SIR students present on their investigative research, even if it is still ongoing. Students in the Business Internship Program present on their product-focused research within the business community.

Due to the evolving global health crisis, this event will be held virtually via Zoom meeting rooms in which the IMSA community and mentors are invited to concurrent presentations during each time block.

2021 IMSAloquium

*Download the 2021 IMSAloquium Abstract Booklet

Wednesday, April 21

SCHEDULE

Introduction 8:05 a.m.

Keynote 8:15 a.m.
  • Dr. Karen Livescu
    Associate Professor, Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago
Session I Project Presentations (10 min. + 5 min. Q & A) – Full Schedule with Zoom Links
  • 8:50 a.m. – 9:05 a.m.
  • 9:10 a.m. – 9:25 a.m.
  • 9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Session II Project Presentations (10 min. + 5 min. Q & A) – Full Schedule with Zoom Links
  • 10:05 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.
  • 10:25 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.
  • 10:45 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.
Session III Project Presentations (20 min. + 5 min. Q & A) – Full Schedule with Zoom Links
  • 11:25 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
  • 11:55 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

*NOTE: All presentations scheduled within these sessions will have a Zoom meeting ID. These Zoom break out meetings will have one staff member and one student from the presentation group assigned as a co-host.


KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Dr. Karen Livescu

Associate Professor, Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago

Research Interests

Dr. Livescu’s research interests are in speech and language processing, as well as related problems in machine learning.  Her recent work includes representation learning, acoustic word embeddings, visually grounded modeling of speech and language, and automatic sign language recognition. She is happy to discuss what all of these things mean and why they are interesting! At TTIC she teaches graduate courses on Speech Technologies and Unsupervised Learning. A list of her publications and additional information can be found at http://ttic.edu/livescu/.

Accomplishments

Dr. Livescu’s PhD thesis was titled “Feature-Based Pronunciation Modeling for Automatic Speech Recognition.” After her PhD, she was a Clare Boothe Luce Postdoctoral Lecturer in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department at MIT before becoming a Research Assistant Professor at The Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago (TTIC) and then Assistant Professor at TTIC. She has been an Associate Professor at TTIC since 2017.  She also has a courtesy appointment in the Computer Science department at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Livescu has served as a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Spoken Language Technical Committee, an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing and IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, a technical

co-chair of Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding (ASRU) 2015, 2017, and 2019 and of Interspeech 2022, and a program co-chair of the International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR) 2019. She has received faculty research awards from Google and Amazon. She is a 2021-22 IEEE Signal Processing Society Distinguished Lecturer.

Her papers with her students and collaborators have garnered several Best Paper Awards and nominations. But her favorite accomplishments are those of her students!


Abstracts from past years are available on DigitalCommons. Find out more about the Student Inquiry & Research (SIR) program.