Who are we?

Mikko Kurimo is in his fifties, bearded, wears glasses.
Mikko Kurimo

Prof. Mikko Kurimo is Associate Professor in Speech and Language Processing and the Head of the Speech Recognition research group at Aalto University. He is the coordinator of MeMAD.

Jorma Laaksonen in his fifties, sometimes bearded sometimes not, waering glasses and a ponytail.
Jorma Laaksonen

Dr. Jorma Laaksonen received his Dr. of Science is Teaching Researcher at the Department of Computer Science at Aalto University. He is the vice coordinator of MeMAD and leads the research on visual media analysis at Aalto University.

Mats Sjöberg is in his late thirties, has blue eyes and glasses, and has long hair in a ponytail.
Mats Sjöberg (2018)

Dr. Mats Sjöberg was a postdoctoral researcher at Aalto University. He worked in Jorma Laaksonen’s team on video content analysis in MeMAD project in 2018.

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Peter Smit (2018)

Peter Smit was a PhD student at Aalto University. He worked in Mikko Kurimo’s team on automatic speech recognition in MeMAD project in 2018.

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Stig-Arne Grönroos

Stig-Arne Grönroos is a PhD student at Aalto University. He works in Mikko Kurimo’s team on neural machine translation.

Zhicun Xu is in his early twenties, has small black eyes and short black hair.
Zhicun Xu (2018)

Zhicun Xu was a Master student at Aalto University. He worked in Mikko Kurimo’s team on audio event classification.

Bernard Merialdo (2018)

Bernard Merialdo is professor emeritus in the Data Science department in EURECOM. He contributes mostly to WP3 on multimedia analysis.

Jean Carrive is in his fifties, 1,70m tall, salt-and-pepper hair and brown eyes, short beard.
Jean Carrive

Dr. Jean Carrive is Deputy Head of Ina’s Research & Innovation Department. He works on multimedia content analysis and description, in relation with digital humanities. In MeMAD, he participates to corpus and use cases definition, as well as audio analysis tasks.

David Doukhan is in his mid thirties, 1.82 m tall, slim, with brown hair and eyes.
David Doukhan

Dr. David Doukhan is a research engineer working at Ina. His research interests include speech and audio technologies, machine learning, and digital humanities.

Michael Stormbom has turned 29 more than five times, has short, light brown hair, blue eyes and a light stubble.
Michael Stormbom

Michael Stormbom is a Key Account Manager at Lingsoft. He has broad experience in solutions and business development in the language technology industry. In MeMad, he’s the editor in chief of the website and social media, and contributes to exploitation and dissemination of the project results.

Tiina Lindh-Knuutila is in her late thirties with dark blonde hair and gray eyes behind eyeglasses.
Tiina Lindh-Knuutila

Dr. Tiina Lindh-Knuutila is a solution specialist at Lingsoft Language Services. She is the project manager for MeMAD at LLS.

Sami Keronen is in the prime of his life, lacks particularly memorable features.
Sami Keronen

Lic.Sc. Sami Keronen is a speech recognition specialist and developer at Lingsoft. Currently he is working on Swedish ASR and diarization in the MeMAD project.

Sebastian Andersson father of two, will stay around 40 years old for more than a decade, wears thick heavy glasses, still fast on short distances, but sits too much in an office.
Sebastian Andersson

Dr. Sebastian Andersson is Solutions Manager at Lingsoft. He has a broad background in speech and language technology. He is primarily working on Swedish ASR in the MeMAD project.

Kirsi Aantaa is in her thirties, has light brown hair, wears glasses. She is looking slightly away from the camera, smiles and wears a bit more makeup than usually.
Kirsi Aantaa (2018)

Kirsi Aantaa was a solution specialist at Lingsoft Language Services until November 2018. In MeMAD, she lead the setup and maintenance of webpage and social media and contributing to dissemination of the results.

Jörg Tiedemann is 46 years old with brown eyes and used to have black hair but it turns more and more into grey.
Jörg Tiedemann

Jörg Tiedemann is a Professor of Language Technology at the University of Helsinki and in MeMAD he leads the work package 4 on multimodal and multilingual machine translation.

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Sabine Braun

Prof Sabine Braun is Professor of Translation Studies and Director of the Centre for Translation Studies at the University of Surrey. In MeMAD she leads WP5 (Comparing Human and Machine-Generated Multimodal Content Description and Translation).

Kim smiles into the camera, her iridescent pink lipstick and pale blue eyes sun-bleached in the strong summer light, a pair of silver cat’s eye sunglasses lodged precariously on the top of her head, holding back her dark blonde shoulder-length hair.
Kim Starr

Dr. Kim Starr is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Translation Studies, University of Surrey. Her research interests are focused on intralingual audiovisual translation, accessible media and the intersection of language and psychology.

Lauri Saarikoski is in his late thirties, has short, light brown hair and eyeglasses.
Lauri Saarikoski

Lauri Saarikoski is a development manager at the archives of Yle, the Finnish Broadcasting Company. In MeMAD he leads the work package taking care of data management and curates the discussion between media companies and research groups.

Benoit Huet is smiling to the camera, his green eyes looking trying to make contact.
Benoit Huet

Benoit Huet (read more) is assistant professor in the Data Science department in EURECOM. He contributes to both WP2 and WP3 with his research on multimedia understanding, summarisation and storytelling.

Raphael Troncy in his late thirties, green eyes with some freckles and smiling.
Raphaël Troncy

Dr. Raphael Troncy  (see more) is assistant professor in the Data Science department in EURECOM and he is leading the WP3 with his research on knowledge representation, information extraction and recommender systems for audiovisual content.

Maarten Verwaest

Maarten Verwaest is CEO of Limecraft. In MeMAD, he leads the exploitation plans and the go-to-market at a later stage.

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Anssi Komulainen

Anssi Komulainen is the Chief Innovation Officer of Yle, The Finnish Broadcasting Company. As the founder of Yle Beta incubator for future media he is constantly on a quest for something new. The job is to make sure Yle has an up-to-date understanding of what kind of new opportunities do emerging technologies open for public service media. MeMAD is part of the Yle Beta project portfolio.

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Harri Kiiskinen (2018)

Harri Kiiskinen worked as part of the Yle team during 2018. His work focused on data management and Yle’s datasets.

Dieter Van Rijsselbergen

Dieter Van Rijsselbergen is CTO at Limecraft. In MeMAD he manages the overall architecture, organises the hackathons and will eventually bring the magic to life.

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Timo Brander

Timo Brander works at Aalto University and is the project manager of MeMAD.

Kim Viljanen
Kim Viljanen

Kim Viljanen is a concept designer at Yle, the Finnish Broadcasting Company. In MeMAD he explores the opportunities of automatic metadata for online TV and radio services and beyond.

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Inari Köngäs (2018)

Inari Köngäs worked as part of the Yle team during 2018. Her focus was on providing media production professional’s perspective to the project partners.