His dissertation work at CMU was in the area of machine learning (with very early Deep Neural Networks) for speaker modelling. Dr Witbrock has frequently acted a an expert consultant to the European Commission in the area of human-computer collaboration for eGovernment and in text understanding, and was technical director of the FP7 LarKC project. He is author of numerous publications in areas ranging across neural networks, parallel computer architecture, multimedia information retrieval, web browser design, genetic design, computational linguistics and speech recognition and is a inventor on seven US patents.
He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org; be persistent if you’re a NZer. He gets a lot of email.
The movie My Year With Helen will be screened at 6pm in the Held Auditorium at Barnard College in NYC on February 23rd.
My Year With Helen is a feature length documentary by esteemed NZ director Gaylene Preston, who spent a year observing former Prime Minister Helen Clark’s bid for UN Secretary-General.
While we all know the eventual outcome, the film goes deep behind the scenes to reveal gender politics in the United Nations and is proving to be a galvanizing influence for women as well as a source of pride for New Zealanders. It also has moments of typically appealing kiwi humour, like the scenes with Helen looking after her father by putting 90 meals in his freezer.
The film has been selected for the Athena Film Festival, a prestigious festival of women’s films held annually at Barnard College.
Helen Clark and Gaylene Preston will be in attendance and will have a Q&A session after the screening. The Q&As at other places have proven lively, inspiring and stimulating events, with Helen saying things like “now that I’m free, I’m a dangerous woman”, revealing her inspirational and funny side.
More information can be found on the Facebook page
With reviews, images, and news stories on the website: https://myyearwithhelen.com/
Tickets are available here https://athenafilmfestival.com/film/my-year-with-helen/
Fellow NZer Anne Audain was adopted as an infant and suffered through her younger years with bone deformities in both her feet. After successful reconstructive bone surgery at age 13, she joined a local athletic club and a running star was born! Through her career Anne set records and pioneered professional running for women. She has since been inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame, the USA Running Hall of Fame, and honored with a Member of the British Empire Medal from Queen Elizabeth II of England for her contributions to her sport worldwide.
More details here – https://www.anneaudain.com/