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Dr. Agustín Gravano


Agustín Gravano is Professor at the CS Dept. at the University of Buenos Aires, and Researcher at CONICET (National Research Council). He got his Ph.D. in CS from Columbia University in 2009, under the supervision of Prof. Julia Hirschberg. His research interests include Speech Processing and Natural Language Processing. His main research topic consists in modelling the extraordinary coordination exhibited by human beings while holding a conversation, both at a temporal level and along other dimensions of speech. The ultimate goal is to include this knowledge into spoken dialogue systems, aiming at improving their naturalness. Besides, he seeks contributing to the development of speech technologies in Spanish, by creating new resources, such as corpora and tools specific to this language. The goal is to encourage the virtuous circle: more willingness to use speech technologies -- more interest in developing such technologies (in both the Academia and the Industry).