I've never attended the European Conference on Information Retireval before, but this year I flew to Toulouse for ECIR 2009. My continued reflection on the larger implications of the properties of the error produced by speech recognition systems finally yielded some fruit...but it is still only a small window on a larger story.
I divide my time between Radboud University Nijmegen and Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. My research focuses on multimedia retrieval techniques that exploit speech and language and focus on human interpretations of meaning. I am particularly interested in internet video, in networked communities, and crowdsourcing techniques. Lately, I've been noticing how difficult it is to imagine life without search.