Mathematical Modelling and Machine Learning for Phonetics (22frg241)


(Simon Fraser University)


The Banff International Research Station will host the "Mathematical Modelling and Machine Learning for Phonetics" workshop in Banff from November 13 to 20, 2022.

Phonetics is the study of the sounds of the worlds languages and how they are used to communicate. A wealth of information is known by linguists about which sounds are used, how they are produced, how children learn these sounds, and how the use of sounds differs between different groups of speakers. Still, many fundamental questions remain unanswered relating to this important part of human language.

The purpose of this Focussed Research Group is to bring together mathematicians and computer scientists who are interested in phonetics with linguists who are seeking ways to i) handle the massive amounts of data that are available in the human speech stream, and ii) develop mathematical models to clarify research questions and guide empirical study.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).