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Vikrant Singh Tomar, Ph.D.
Founder and CTO, Fluent.ai Inc.

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A Short Vita

I am the founder and CTO of Fluent.ai. At Fluent.ai, we are interested in developing machine learning techniques for next generation voice user interfaces. We are building end-to-end spoken language understanding systems. Unlike conventional speech recognition systems [speech --> text --> intent], these models do not require the intermediate text step are able able to directly go from speech to intent, much like humans do. Please see the website for more details.

My research interests are in the general area of speech and language understanding, particularly manifold based and neural networks based techniques for automatic speech recognition. I completed my PhD from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. I was associated with the speech and language research group supervised by Dr. Richard Rose [now at Google].

Prior to joining McGill, I worked as a research fellow in the Dept. of Electrical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay [IIT B], Mumbai, India. I worked with the Information Networks laboratory. I was primarily associated with the TTSL IIT Bombay Center of Excellence in Telecommunications [TICET], one of the six Telecom Centers Of Excellence [TCOE] set up by the Department of Telecommunications [DoT], Govt. of India.

I earned my B.Tech. in Information and Communication Technology [ICT] from Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology [DA-IICT], Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India in May 2008. During my stay at DA-IICT, I was affiliated with Communications and Signal Processing [CSP], NextGenWireless and Speech Communications research groups. I also served as the vice chair-person of IEEE student branch, DA-IICT for 2007-08.

Education

Work Experience Summary

  • Fluent.ai Inc., Montreal, QC, Canada | Founder and CTO | May 2015 -- Present
  • Nuance Comm. Inc., Montreal, QC, Canada | Research Scientist | Sept 2013 -- Feb 2014
  • Vestec Inc., Waterloo, ON, Canada | Research Scientist Consultant | May 2012 -- Dec 2012
  • McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada | Teaching Assistant and Lecturer | 2010 - 2013 [various]
  • IIT Bombay, Mumbai India | Research Scholar | July 2008 - Dec 2010

Research Interests

  • Speech and language processing
  • Deep neural networks for acoustic modeling
  • Machine learning for speech synthesis, deepfakes and other generative models Please refer to my recent publications for more details about my current area of work.

End to End SLU special session at ICASSP 2020

I am collaborating with three other researchers to organize End to End Spoken Language Understanding workshop at ICASSP 2020. Please see the link for more information.

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