University of Geneva
40 bd. du Pont-d'Arve
CH-1211 Geneva 4
Tel: +41 22 379 8682
Fax: +41 22 379 8689
Office number: 6337
Home page: Nikos Tsourakis
Background and Research Interests
I have been a member of TIM/ISSCO since February 2007. My research interests concentrate on the development and evaluation of multilingual multimodal translation systems on mobile devices. I am currently working on a PhD at the University of Geneva, where I am also employed as a research associate. I am involved in the MedSLT and CALLSLT projects, and I have previously contributed to the Regulus and the IM2 projects. All of these projects are/were funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.
At the moment, I am lead developer in the project "Web-Based Deployment of Speech-Enabled Applications for Medicine and Education", funded by the Ernest Boninchi Foundation.
I hold a BSc (5 years degree) in Computer Engineering, an MSc in Computer Engineering and an MSc in Engineering Management from TU Crete. Before joining TIM/ISSCO I worked as a software engineer developing telephone-based speech recognition applications. I also worked as researcher on relevant technologies including automatic speech recognition and dictation systems, voice user interfaces and multimodal interaction at TSI.
I am certified as "Java 7 Associate" by Oracle and between February and May 2012 I attended the "venture challenge" start-up training program offered by the Commission for Technology and Innovation CTI (14 modules - 45 hours). I have also completed the "Advanced Voice User Interface Design" course offered by Nuance Speech University in May 2006.
Research ActivitiesI am/was involved in the following projects:
- A Scalable Architecture for Web Deployment of Spoken Dialogue Systems, Fuchs M., Tsourakis N. and Rayner M., in: Proceedings of the Eighth ELRA International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC), 2012, Istanbul, Turkey.
- A Gesture-Controlled Internet-Based Spoken Conversation Partner On A Mobile Device, Tsourakis N., Rayner M. and Fuchs M., in: Proceedings of the INTERACT Workshop on Mobile Accessibility (MOBACC), 2011, Lisbon, Portugal.
- Evaluation of a Mobile Language Learning System Using Language-Neutral Prompts, Tsourakis N., Rayner M. and Bouillon P., in: proceedings of the Interspeech Workshop on Speech and Language Technology in Education (SLaTE), 2011, Venice, Italy,
- Examining the Effects of Rephrasing User Input on Two Mobile Spoken Language Systems, Tsourakis N., Lisowska A., Rayner M. and Bouillon P., in: Proceedings of the Seventh ELRA International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC), 2010, Valetta, Malta.
- Design Issues for a Bidirectional Mobile Medical Speech Translator, Tsourakis N., Bouillon P. and Rayner M., in: Proceedings of the Fourth ACM MobileHCI Workshop on Speech in Mobile and Pervasive Environments (SiMPE), 2009, Bonn, Germany.
- Discriminative Learning Using Linguistic Features To Rescore N-Best Speech Hypotheses, Georgescul M., Rayner M., Bouillon P. and Tsourakis N., in: Proceedings of the IEEE/ACL 2008 Workshop on Spoken Language Technology, 2008, Goa, India, pp. 97-100.
- Building Mobile Spoken Dialogue Applications Using Regulus, Tsourakis N., Georgescul M., Bouillon P. and Rayner M., in: Proceedings of the Sixth ELRA International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC), 2008, Marrakech, Morocco.