Peter Heeman

Program Director, CSE and EE heeman_peter
Research Associate Professor

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 503 346-3754
Office: Gaines Hall, Room 40AA

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Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Rochester, 1997
M.Sc., Computer Science, University of Toronto, 1991
B.Math, Pure Math and Computer Science, University of Waterloo, 1987


CS 533/633 Automata & Formal Languages
CS 550/650 Dialogue
CS 560/660 Artificial Intelligence

Research Interests

My research area is dialogue management, and models of the conversational aspects of speech, such as turn-taking, discourse markers, disfluencies, and stuttering. I conduct empirical studies to better understand how people engage in these activities, and build computation models, for understanding what people are doing, and for building better spoken dialogue systems.  My current projects include understanding how people engage in turn-taking, so that there is little overlap or delay in conversation; understanding how people with mild cognitive disorder manage misunderstandings, and building tools, based on automatic speech recognition, that can assist clinicians in treating people who stutter.

Selected Publications