Agha Ali Raza

Notes Co-Chair, ICTD ’17

Mr. Agha Ali Raza is a Fulbright Scholar who has a PhD from the Language Technologies Institute,Pittsburgh, USA. He received his Master of Computer Science and Bachelor of Computer Science degrees from FAST-NU, Lahore. His research interests include Speech-based Human Computer Interfaces, telephone-based automated dialog systems, Information & Communication Technologies for Development (ICTD) and Natural Language Processing with a focus on the use of Speech & Language Technologies for Development. He has authored/co-authored more than 11 research papers in peer-reviewed conferences. The aim of his current research is to enable dissemination of speech-based, development-related information and communication services to low-literate telephone users throughout the developing world; without the benefit of explicit user training. His work shows that speech-based simple entertainment services can be used as powerful motivators to induce self-training and viral spread among low-literate masses. Such services can further be used as vehicles for delivering core development services and as experimental test-beds for performing randomized controlled trials and demographic studies. His recent work on Polly won the best paper award at CHI-2013 conference.

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