Kalika Bali is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research India. She has a firm conviction that technology can empower only if it takes into account the socio-cultural context in which it is to be used.

Why you should listen

Kalika Bali works work broadly in the area of speech and language technology, especially in the use of linguistic models for building technology that offers a more natural human-computer interactions, and technology for low-resource languages. She has been working in the field of Speech and Natural Language Processing for over two decades and believes that local language technology especially with speech interfaces, can help millions of people gain entry into a world that is till now almost inaccessible to them. 

Kalika Bali’s TED talk