March 9th, 2014

Welcome to the Home of the IEEE Santa Clara Valley Women in Engineering!

November 16th, 2014

IEEE New Member Social!

This is an event to welcome the new members. We are glad that you have chosen to join the IEEE. Now that you are a member, you are probably wondering “what goes on locally and how can I benefit from it”. Well, this is the meeting to figure all of that out and at the same time get to network with the technical chapter officers and your technical peers. Stay tuned for the announce of the date, time, and place in the New Year!
** (WIE Webmaster’s note: Even if you are not necessarily new but want to know more about the IEEE Santa Clara Valley activities, please plan on coming. IEEE SCV WIE will be there to speak about our activities. Keep checking the website. SCV Women in Engineering will post the new date as soon as we get it.)
November 12th, 2014

Intelligent Personal Assistants and Signal Processing Challenges

with Dr. Asli Celikyilmaz

Wed. November 12, 6:30pm – 8:15pm, AMD Commons


Asli Celikyilmaz Microsoft Corp.



6:30pm: Networking/Light Dinner (sponsored by Crystal Instruments)
7:00pm: Announcements
7:05pm: Presentation
8:15pm: Adjourn

Cost:      Free.


AMD Commons Theater, 991 Stewart Dr., Sunnyvale, CA (>map or >Google Maps)

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Following the rapid proliferation of mobile devices, especially smart phones, multimodal virtual personal assistant (VPA) applications such as Apple Siri, Microsoft Cortana and google Now started to emerge. With the advances in speech recognition, language understanding, and machine learning coupled with client-side capabilities coming with larger screens that enable multi-touch displays and server-side capabilities based on cloud computing, these applications have begun to move beyond conventional simple command/control based speech applications. One of the core technologies in a VPA system is understanding what the users are saying, called as spoken language understanding (SLU). In the last decade, a variety of practical goal-oriented spoken dialog systems have been built for limited domains, employing “targeted” SLU capabilities. Given an utterance, SLU in dialog systems extracts predefined semantic information from the output of an automatic speech recognizer (ASR). This semantic information usually contains the intent of the user and associated arguments (slots), matching the back-end capabilities. The dialog manager (DM) then determines the next machine action given the SLU output. In this talk I highlight some of the technical challenges and research efforts for multimodal virtual personal assistant applications, especially focusing on spoken language understanding and dialog aspects, pointing out issues and opportunities in this area.



Asli Celikyilmaz is a Senior NLP Scientist at the Language & Intent group at Microsoft Silicon Valley. Asli’s research interests are natural language processing, spoken language understanding, and machine learning (specifically structured prediction, unsupervised learning of parameters and features). Prior to Microsoft, Asli was a postdoc researcher at the Computer Science Department of University of California, Berkeley between 2008-2010 working on machine learning methods on automatic text summarization and question answering. Asli has co-authored 50+ papers on AI, Natural language processing including Question answering, summarization and spoken language understanding.

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November 1st, 2014






IEEE Santa Clara WIE and Women@Altera

IP and Open Source

Making the Conflict Constructive

Tues, Nov. 11th, 11:30am-1:30pm



Lunch: 11:30am – 12pm

Tech Talk: 12pm – 1pm

Dessert & Mixing: 1pm – 1:30pm

Altera Corporation

101 Innovation Drive

San Jose, CA  95134

Building 3, Room 3171



Speaker: Victoria Mitchell
Director of SoC Software Engineering, Altera Corporation

Victoria (Vicki) Mitchell manages the worldwide embedded software team at Altera. Her group is responsible for models and simulation, development tools, and OS enablement for Altera’s microprocessor subsystems.

In this presentation Vicki helps answer the question, “How does a technology company protect innovation yet still differentiate to win in an open source world?”. The event is free and open to everyone. Light lunch, provided by Altera, will be served starting at 11:30 AM.

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Note: Attendees will need to get a temporary badge from Altera security.  Please bring the required identification

  • US citizens: government-issued photo id
  • Permanent residents: both a green card and a US government ID
  • Non-citizens: passport’


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