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Gokhan Tur


Dr. Gokhan Tur is a computer scientist working on spoken language understanding (SLU), mainly for human/machine conversational systems. He received the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Bilkent University, Turkey in 2000. Between 1997 and 1999, he was a visiting scholar at the Language Technologies Institute, CMU, then the Johns Hopkins University, MD, and the Speech Technology and Research (STAR) Lab of SRI, CA. He worked at AT&T Labs - Research, NJ (2001-2006), working on pioneering conversational systems such as "How May I Help You?". He worked for the DARPA GALE and CALO projects at the STAR Lab of SRI, CA (2006-2010). He worked on conversational understanding systems like Cortana at Microsoft (2010-2016), especially focusing on deep learning methods. He was briefly with the Apple Siri team (2014-2015). He is currently with Google Research.

Dr. Tur co-authored more than 150 papers published in journals or books and presented at conferences. He is the editor of the book entitled "Spoken Language Understanding - Systems for Extracting Semantic Information from Speech" by Wiley in 2011. Dr. Tur is also the recipient of the Speech Communication Journal Best Paper awards by ISCA for 2004-2006 and by EURASIP for 2005-2006. Dr. Tur is the organizer of the HLT-NAACL 2007 Workshop on Spoken Dialog Technologies, and the HLT-NAACL 2004 and AAAI 2005 Workshops on SLU, and the editor of the Speech Communication Issue on SLU in 2006. He is also the spoken language processing area chair for IEEE ICASSP 2007, 2008, and 2009 conferences and IEEE ASRU 2005 workshop, spoken dialog area chair for HLT-NAACL 2007 conference, and organizer of SLT 2010 workshop.

Dr. Tur is a senior member of IEEE, ACL, and ISCA, was a member of IEEE Speech and Language Technical Committee (SLTC) (2006-2008), member of the IEEE SPS Industrial Relations Committee (2013-2014) and an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing (2010-2014), and Multimedia Processing (2014-) journals.

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