Hello ... I am Sameer ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ... currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Edinburgh

my pic

me.

Summer

A rare summer day in Edinburgh

Winter

A typical(ish) winter evening

What am I up to

Explore how we can develop speech technologies, like Apple's Siri, for languages which are less well researched (i.e: not English)

How

Machine Learning. A combination of semi-supervised and unsupervised learning algorithms

Why

It is a cool and challenging problem. Advantages of speech/language technologies currently out of reach for millions of people

Supervisors

I am being jointly supervised by Sharon Goldwater and Adam Lopez

Publications, presentations, code

  • “Towards speech-to-text translation without speech recognition,” to appear in Proc. EACL, 2017, S. Bansal, H. Kamper, A. Lopez, S. Goldwater, [arXiv], [slides]
  • “Weakly supervised spoken term discovery using cross-lingual side information,” to appear in Proc. ICASSP, 2017, S. Bansal, H. Kamper, S. J. Goldwater, and A. Lopez, [arXiv]
  • PhD first year review and proposal
  • Teaching Assistant for Machine Translation 2017 Labs and assignments
  • Connect.