Biographical Sketch

The start of my scientific life began as an undergraduate student. I started the school at BRAC University, Dhaka, Bangladesh in the Spring of 2007. In the beginning, I was decided to do my major in Electronics and Communication Engineering only. However, while attending and assisting in programming and algorithm courses, I completely fell in love with the subjects and ended up doing my second major in Computer Science. As my thesis, I decided to implement a continuous Bangla speech recognition system for the agro domain, which was the first Bangla ASR ( Automatic Speech Recognition System) in the continuous domain, under the supervision of Prof. Mumit Khan.
After completing my thesis, I joined The Center for Research on Bangla Language Processing (CRBLP) in my last semester, as Senior Research Assistant for creating an improved voice for an existing Bangla Text to Speech system. Later, I joined as a Lecturer in the Computer Science department and continued my journey with CRBLP.

I have completed my Ph.D. research in the SIS lab under the supervision of Prof. Giuseppe Riccardi
I have always been passionate about analyzing and understanding the human-human conversation and growing up in a blooming era of scientific research on human-machine Interaction, spoken language understanding and conversation analysis helped to convert my passion to my study. As my Ph.D. research, I worked on analyzing different Turn-Taking behavior in the context of spontaneous and in-vivo human conversations. In particular, I wanted to uncover the dynamics of turn-switching and the discourse of competitiveness in interaction overlaps. I am also interested in understanding the influence and inner-meaning of silences in a conversation and how the whole turn-taking dynamics leads to the success of the conversation and more importantly how can we design more interactive Human-Machine model using the above findings. 

Fast forwarding to the present, I am currently working as a post-doctoral researcher in CIMeC, with Prof. Roberto Zamparelli. The projects I am currently involved in exploring the potential of language understanding capabilities of an unbiased learner (an artificial network) in a number of linguistic tasks thus investigating which aspects of a language, if any, are a product of innate knowledge. Along with the aspects of innateness knowledge in a language, our work also aims to investigate how providing biases of one language construction can aid to learn other languages. 
Apart from that, my current interest also includes studying different behavioral patterns using vocal and non-verbal signals.

Shammur Absar Chowdhury

Postdoctoral researcher
CIMeC: Center for Mind/Brain Sciences

Research Interest:
Speech Signal Processing,
Atypical Interaction,
Non-Verbal Communication,
Human-Machine Interaction,
Machine Learning and
Natural Language Processing.

Affliated member: IEEE, ACM, ISCA, ACL

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