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29 October 2018:  I’ll be speaking at the VoCoGro workshop on “Vocal Communication in Humans, Animals and Robots” in Groningen.

27/28 September 2018: I’ll be in Hamburg for the EUCog conference on “Social Cognition in Humans and Robots”.

20-27 September 2018:  I'm collaborating with artist Mark Fell on an exhibit “Generative Approaches to Robot Movement and Vocal Synthesis” at Sheffield’s Festival of the Mind.

18 September 2018:  I was interviewed by Will Bedingfield for an article in Dazed Magazine about 'appropriate' voices for voice assistants.

1-7 September 2018:  I'll be in Hyderabad, India attending INTERSPEECH-2018 and MLSLP.

25/26 June 2018:  I'm giving one of the keynote talks at the UKSpeech meeting being held at Trinity College Dublin.

18 May 2018:  I was interviewed by Jordan Erica Webber for the Guardian's podcast 'Chips with Everything'.

30 January 2018:  I've been invited to help friends and colleagues at ESAT-Leuven celebrate 30 years of speech research and giving a talk entitled “Spoken Language Processing: Are we nearly there yet?”.

19 January 2018:  I’ll be talking about "Talking Machines: The Technology Behind the Artificial Voice" at the London College of Communication.

2 November 2017:  I'll be talking about "A Needs-Driven Architecture for Future Intelligent’ Communicative Agents" at Aalto University in Finland.

23 October 2017:  I'll be explaining "How to Make an Animal-Like Robot Make Animal-Like Sounds" at Ideas Alive At 5:45, DINA, 32A-34 Cambridge St, Sheffield.

25-26 August 2017:  I'm General Chair for the 1st International Workshop on “Vocal Interactivity in-and-between Humans, Animals and Robots” (VIHAR-2017) in Skovde, Sweden.

20-24 August 2017:  I'll be attending INTERSPEECH in Stockholm, Sweden, and presenting "Creating a Voice for MiRo, the World’s First Commercial Biomimetic Robot" at the Show&Tell session.

24-26 July 2017:  I'll be presenting "A biomimetic vocalisation system for MiRo" at Living Machines in Stanford, USA.

27 June 2017:  I’ll be talking to 180 Y6 and Y12 school children on the subject “Let’s Make a Computer Talk”.

7 June 2017:  My work on the voice for the MiRo robot is featured in New Scientist under the headline "Robot Dog has an Artificial Woof that Sounds like the Real Thing".

4 May 2017:  I'm giving the Keynote talk at DIGIHUM-2017 in Helsinki: "Bridging the Gap Between Humans and Machines: Lessons from Spoken Language".

13-16 December 2016:  I'm involved in the organisation of the IEEE workshop on Spoken Language Technology (SLT) in Puerto Rico.

8-9 December 2016:  I'll be attending the EUCognition meeting in Vienna and presenting a talk on "A Needs-Driven Architecture for Future Intelligent’ Communicative Agents".

30 October - 4 November 2016:  I'm co-organising a Dagstuhl Seminar on "Vocal Interactivity in-and-between Human, Animals and Robots".

20 September 2016:  I'll be giving an Institute of Physics evening public lecture at the University of Birmingham entitled “When will we be able to hold a decent conversation with a robot (and what would we talk about anyway)?”.

8-12 September 2016:  I'll be attending INTERSPEECH in San Francisco.

13 July 2016: I'll be attending the interACT-25 meeting in Baden-Baden and giving a talk on "Intentionality in speech: implications for computational models".

8 July 2016: I'll be giving an invited Keynote talk on "Vocal Interaction with “Intelligent” Machines: Are we There Yet?" at the International Workshop on Sensing, Processing and Learning for Intelligent Machines (SPLINE-2016). Aalborg, Denmark.

20-21 June 2016:  I’m part of the organising committee for the 2016 UK Speech meeting being held in Sheffield.

8 June 2016:  I'll be on-stage discussing "Robots: Emotional Companions?" at the Cheltenham Science Festival.

25-27 May 2016: I'll be in Portoroz, Slovenia for 10th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC2016) in order to receive the 2016 Antonio Zampoli Prize (slides from my acceptance speech).

6 May 2016:  I'll be giving a talk on "Talker-Listener-Environment Coupling" at the University of Birmingham.

21 March 2016:  I'm hosting an EPSRC-sponsored workshop - INTERACT - which aims to connect the UK HCI and HRI research communities.

21 January 2016:  I'm giving a talk on Talker-Listener-Environment Coupling at the UCREL Corpus Research Seminar in Lancaster.

12-17 January 2016:  I'll be in Saariselkä Lapland to present a paper on Is Spoken Language All-or-Nothing? Implications for future speech-based human-machine interaction at IWSDS.

13-17 December 2015: I hope to re-run my 4th sexennial survey on Progess & Prospects in Speech Technology at the IEEE Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding Workshop (ASRU) to be held in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA.

23-24 November 2015:  I’ll be in Lille in my capacity as expert consultant to the CHIST-ERA IGLU project on ‘Interactive Grounded Language Understanding’.

7 October 2015:  I'm quoted in a New Scientist article on Speaker Recognition.

11 September 2015: I'll be presenting a Keynote talk entitled From Talking and Listening Robots to Intelligent Communicative Machines at the International Workshop on Speech Robotics (IWSR), Dresden, Germany.

8 September 2015: My PhD student - Saeid Mokaram - and I have been interviewed by The Mechanical Turks on our work on speech understanding in a search & rescue environment

6-10 September:  I'll be at INTERSPEECH-2105 in Dresden.

24-28 August 2015: I'll be talking about the Uncanny Valley at the Summer School on Social Human-Robot Interaction in Aland Finland.

1-5 August 2015: I’ll be lecturing in China on the final leg of my tour as Distinguished Lecturer for the International Speech Communication Association.

2-3 July 2015: I'll be attending the UKSpeech meeting in Norwich.

24 June 2015:  I've been asked to give my Beyond Siri talk as a plenary at the University of Sheffield Engineering Symposium (USES).

20 April 2015: I’ll be giving a talk to the CogNovo Cognition Colloquium in Plymouth.

24/25 February 2015: I’ll be attending an EPSRC workshop on Future Intelligent Technologies in Oxford.

24-31 January 2015: I'll be giving a series of talk in Puerto Rico on the 2nd leg of my world tour as Distinguished Lecturer for the International Speech Communication Association.

15 January 2015: Our paper on A user-centric design of permanent magnetic articulography based assistive speech technology won best paper at BIOSIGNALS-2015 in Lisbon

9-16 December 2014: I’ll be lecturing in India (Guwahati, Hyderbad, Bangalore) in my role as Distinguished Lecturer for the International Speech Communication Association.

19-21 November 2014: I've agreed to give a Keynote talk on Spoken Language Interaction with Intelligent Systems at IberSPEECH 2014 in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

5-7 November 2014: I'm giving an invited talk on Mutual Beliefs Desires Intentions Actions and Consequences (MBDIAC): Towards A Computational Framework for “Intelligent” Interactive Agents at CogInfoCom-2014 in Vietri sul Mare, Salerno, Italy.

14-16 October 2014: I'll be giving a Keynote entitled Spoken Language Processing: Time to Look Outside? at 2nd International Conference on Statistical Language and Speech Processing (SLSP 2014) in Grenoble.

September 2014 - February 2015: I have a one-semester sabbatical during which I’ll be progressing my research into Vocal interactivity In and Between Humans, Animals and Robots.

17/18 June 2014: I've been asked to give a Keynote on Human Language Understanding at the CHIST-ERA Conference in Istanbul.

7 May 2014: I'll be visiting the University of East Anglia to give a seminar about The Uncanny Valley.

4 April 2014: I'll be giving an invited talk Towards Communicative Machines at the AISB-50 Symposium on Embodied vs. Simulated Behaviour and Cognition: What can Robotics contribute to the Language Sciences? in London.

9 March 2014: I've been selected by the International Speech Communication association (ISCA) as one of their Distinguished Lecturers for 2014-15 - if you’d like me to come and give a talk (anywhere in the world) under the ISCA-DL scheme, details are here.

3-8 November 2013: I've been invited to participate in a Dagstuhl Seminar on Computational Audio Analysis at LZI Schloss Dagstuhl in Germany.

30 August 2013: I'll be talking about The Uncanny Valley  at The International Summer School on Social Human-Robot Interaction taking place in Cambridge.

29 August 2013: I've agreed to talk on Progress & Prospects for Speech Technology: What Ordinary People Think at the INTERSPEECH special session celebrating the 25th anniversary of ISCA in Lyon.

25 April 2013: I'm pictured (and quoted) in The Diary: Aye, robot but no scary stuff  in the Sheffield Star with Prof. Tony Prescott and 'Zeno' (our RoboKind expressive humanoid robot from Hanson Robotics).

5 April 2013: I'm quoted in “Real Humans”: pourquoi fabriquer des robots à notre image? at

25 March 2013: I’ve had a chapter entitled Spoken language processing: Where do we go from here? published in a book edited by Robert Trappl (Your Virtual Butler, LNAI, vol. 7407, pp. 111-125, Heidelberg: Springer).

20 February 2013: I'll be in discussion with artist Anna Barham on Language, Sounds & Artificial Voices at the Site Gallery in Sheffield.

13 February 2013: I'll be giving my talk Spoken Language Processing: where do we go from here? At the University of Coventry.

23-26 January 2013: Prof. Moore’s Digital voice Factory will feature at the Creative Speech Technology Articulate Roadshow in Scarborough.

8 January 2013: I'm quoted in The rise and fall of voice at

16 November 2012: I’ve had my first paper accepted for Nature - A Bayesian explanation of the 'Uncanny Valley' effects and related psychological phenomena (open access).


Dawkins (1991) + Gopnik et al (2001)

Spoken language is the most sophisticated behaviour of the most complex organism in the known universe.