Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley Launches Newest Location of interACT Center-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley Launches Newest Location of interACT Center

The International Center for Advanced Communication Technologies (interACT) has launched its latest site at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley. This is the fifth center that interACT has launched since its founding in 2004. interACT has centers in Pittsburgh, Germany, Hong Kong, and Tokyo.

InterACT's mission is to carry out scientific research on Advanced Communication Technologies as well as to promote and facilitate education in an international, cross-cultural setting. The educational component of its mission involves graduate student exchange programs for students at Carnegie Mellon University, Universität Karlsruhe, and The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. The program aims to exchange knowledge, and train students in an environment of international immersion where they get to know each other, collaborate, and participate in research projects. Faculty exchanges are also incorporated into this program, which allow faculty to advance their research in new locations.

The scientific component of interACT’s mission is more narrow in scope, focusing on research communication technologies to help people interact with people, across various locations, cultures utilizing computing technology. interACT conducts research in the field of speech recognition, -translation and -output, dialogue, vision technologies, multimodal and cross modal perceptual interfaces and smart rooms.

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With the new site at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley, Alex Waibel, director of interACT, will be working with a research team whose expertise is in machine translation, speech recognition in combination with machine translation, language modeling and language processing. interACT will also continue to research in communication technologies, in collaboration with the CyLab Mobility Research Center, also located at the Silicon Valley campus. Current team members include Joy Zhang, assistant research professor, Matthias Eck, research technician, and Ian Lane, systems scientist.

“Having interACT in SV allows us to bring in tremendous talent from across the globe and attract them to one of the most dynamic technological centers of the IT world. We currently have centers in Pittsburgh and Germany and other locations, but this is such a unique location, we want to give the students around the world an opportunity to experience the entrepreneurial atmosphere of the Silicon Valley culture,” said Waibel, who recently relocated his family to the Bay Area to launch interACT’s newest center.

The Silicon Valley campus will also be home to Mobile Technologies, a start-up company founded by Waibel, which released the highly successful Jibbigo application earlier this month. “Having Mobile Technologies based in Silicon Valley, is a great move for the company, because here it can be an incubator, embedded in an academic environment,” said Waibel.

“We are excited to have interACT join us here,” said Martin Griss, director of the Silicon Valley campus. “The research that Alex and his team are doing in communication technologies go hand-in-hand with many of the mobile device and context-aware computing research we are focusing on in the CyLab Mobility Research Center. From both an educational and research point-of-view, the ways we are already collaborating demonstrate the potential for even greater synergy in the future.”