Main area of research
Natural language & AI
Matej Korvas was born in Prague in 1988. Since his first student job where he translated boilerplate text of technical manuals, he has been asking why computers cannot handle natural language better and striving to make that happen.
He studied computer science at the Charles University in Prague, Erasmus Mundus joint Masters programme in Language and Computational Technologies at the Saarland University and The University of Melbourne. He started a PhD at the Institute of Formal and Applied Linguistics at the Charles University in Prague in the area of spoken language understanding before he applied for a position of an NLU engineer at Nuance.
Matej has interests for many other things apart from teaching computers understand natural language. He is a co-founder of two educational initiatives aiming to spark the interest of Czech high school students for linguistics: the correspondence seminar Pralinka and Czech Linguistics Olympiad. He played the clarinet for a long time, he enjoys various sports and puzzlehunts. Since his university studies, he has become a devoted fan of Linux and vim.
We present a dataset of telephone conversations in English and Czech, developed to train acoustic models for automatic speech recognition (ASR) in spoken dialogue systems …