Sixth Frederick Jelinek Memorial Summer School
L’ÉTS is the first canadian university hosting this eventTuesday, August 6, 2019
Only two non-American universities have ever had the honour of hosting the Frederick Jelinek Summer School, which is headed by Johns Hopkins University: Charles University in Prague, and now École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) in Montréal. In fact, we have already reached the end of the sixth edition of this annual event, which was launched in mid-June and concluded with the wrap-up activity on August 2.
According to Patrick Cardinal, Director of the Software and IT Engineering Department, who was instrumental in bringing the event to ÉTS: “The objective of the Frederick Jelinek Summer School is not only to advance scientific knowledge in the area of speech technology, but also to increase the level of interest in research among students.”
The annual event, which comprises two separate components (Summer School and Workshop), is financed by Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Amazon. The first component ran from June 10 to 21, and the second ran from June 24 to August 2. During the Workshop, students are encouraged to collaborate with accomplished researchers working in their respective fields.
This year, the two components united expert researchers in speech processing with approximately forty students, mostly graduate and post-graduate students, along with a few undergraduates. Three students from ÉTS were able to take part in this summer session: Marie-Philippe Gill, an undergraduate student in Software Engineering, along with Doctoral students Mohamad Esmaïlpour and Sajjad Abdoli.
In parallel with the Workshop, renowned speakers like Yoshua Bengio, Hugo Larochelle, John Hansen and Hynek Hermansky, to name but a few, were on hand to discuss topics related to speech technology, including artificial intelligence, deep learning, meta learning, speech processing and morphosyntax. These conferences, which were also open to the general public, proved to be very popular. In fact, Yoshua Bengio’s presentation filled the house!
So it’s ‘Mission Accomplished’ for Patrick Cardinal and everyone who helped organize this event. The sixth edition of the Frederick Jelinek Summer School was a resounding success!
Frederick Jelinek Summer School
This is the second time the event was held outside of the United States. The first time was in 2014, when it was held in the Czech Republic, the birthplace of Francis Jelinek, an eminent researcher in the fields of speech recognition and language processing, to honour his memory.