The keynote speaker for NMSC 2017 is Dr. Chuck Wooters, a Research Scientist at Semantic Machines. Chuck has worked in academic, industrial, and government research laboratories on problems in the field of human language technology for more than two decades. Chuck’s research has spanned several areas including: speech recognition, natural language understanding, dialog systems, speaker diarization, and speaker identification. He has a broad range of experience including the following institutions: the Siri team at Apple, the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) in Berkeley, the Human Language Technology Center of Excellence (HLT/COE) at Johns Hopkins University, and BBN Technologies. Chuck received his PhD from UC Berkeley in an interdisciplinary program incorporating the departments of Computer Science, Linguistics, and Psychology. He also holds a BA and MA from UC Berkeley, both in Linguistics. Chuck has published more than 70 papers and has authored several patents within the field of human language technology.