Voice-Activated AI for Stuttered Speech Convergence Symposium

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UPDATE April 14, 2023: Click Here for the Full Symposium Program

Thank you to all who attended our virtual multidisciplinary international stakeholder conference, Voice-Activated AI for Stuttered Speech: Convergence Symposium. Our primary aim was to learn from people who stutter and other stakeholders about stuttering and voice-activated artificial intelligence (AI) systems.

Our conference included panel discussions with people who stutter and a variety of experts in the fields of engineering, ethics, human resources, and AI, to better learn how automatic speech recognition systems affect people who stutter, both in the hiring and employment process and in their lives. 

The outcome of our conference included action steps for creating fair and accessible voice-activated AI systems in the hiring process and beyond. We were excited to learn from a wide group of individuals and create a broader impact for other communication differences to make sure every voice is heard


9:00 - 9:30 Welcome and Overview
9:30-11:30 Session 1: Voice-Activated AI and People Who Stutter
Panel: People who stutter
11:30-12:30 Lunch
12:30-2:30 Session 2: Voice-Activated AI in Hiring
Panel: Experts in hiring, employment access, and employment law
2:30-3:00 Break
3:00-5:00 Session 3: Sociotechnical Challenges in Voice-Activated AI
Panel: Engineers, AI experts
5:00 - 5:30 General Discussion / Wrap-up

Please note that attendance at this conference was by invitation only. 

Please direct questions to Megan Arney at arneymeg@msu.edu

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This conference was supported by the National Science Foundation under Award No. 2235916. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.