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Google's Daan van Esch at UQ

Technology, University of Queensland

Date: 14 June 2017

Learn how Google is bringing speech recognition systems to more languages.

The ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language is pleased to be hosting Daan van Esch (Google linguist and machine learning researcher) at the University of Queensland on Monday, 19th June from 11am to 4pm.

Daan will discuss practises for developing good speech and language models, including an overview of language technologies and speech recognition systems.

If you are interested in this topic, we strongly recommend you attend the session in person. If you require further information please contact Ben Foley:

Monday 19th June from 11am—4pm

Room 209 in Building 78 (General Purpose South)
University of Queensland
St Lucia, Brisbane 

Daan van Esch has been working on the Speech and Keyboard team at Google for the past five years, focusing on internationalization and bringing language technologies like smart keyboards and speech recognition systems to more languages.

He's also worked on internationalization for Google's text-to-speech systems. His projects bring together human linguistic knowledge with Google's machine learning systems to expand language coverage and improve existing systems.

Before Google, Daan worked on a variety of research projects around computational linguistics at Leiden University, designing the database of Kwa language data maintained at Leiden, and building out a system for efficiently querying Old Church Slavonic data.

In his spare time, he still maintains the Leiden Weibo Corpus at


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