Research Programs

Language, Speech and Interaction


We are active in the research areas related to the speech and language processing, vision, machine learning and interaction.

We are aiming at investigating how humans process speech, language and vision and learning mathematical models for automatic processing suitable for communicating machines.

Our research is based on computational models  from batch or on-line examples and provide predictive models for data classification, automatic sequence labelling and structure inference.

The second research area the group is involved in is human-centred communication systems. We investigate models of interactions in any of the ICT scenario such as speech-to-speech, speech-to-web and multimodal interactions. Our focus is both on the  computational aspect of the interaction models as well as on the usability of the user interfaces.

The third research area we center our attention on is collaborative systems and web architecture. We are active in software architecture design of advanced web and multimedia collaborative systems.

Research Areas

We are active in the following research areas

  • Automatic Speech Recognition
  • Spoken Language Understanding
  • Machine Learning 
  • User Interfaces and Evaluation
  • Vision
  • Text Mining
  • Human Language Technology
  • Architectures for Multimodal Systems
  • Lexical Acquisition
  • Text Segmentation
  • Coreference Resolution
  • Semantic Interpretation
  • Creation of Speech/Language Resources
  • Human-Centered Computing

Applications Areas

We have industry, national and international research projects that explore the applicability of our core research areas. Here is an excerpt of the application domains we are involved:

  • E-Learning
  • Digital Libraries
  • Multimodal Interfaces
  • Multimodal Interaction
  • Information Extraction and Summarization
  • Intelligent Homes ( Domotics)
  • Ontology Acquisition
  • Information Retrieval
  • Machine Translation
  • Data Mining
  • User Behavior Modeling
  • Research areas



Faculty Members

Raffaella BernardiAurelie HerbelotGiuseppe Riccardi (Coord)
Marco RonchettiOlga Uryupina

Further Information

Technical reports of Research Program
Published papers of Research Program