Lucas Czech, PhD student in the HITS group Scientific Computing (SCO), won the Heidelberg Science Slam at O’Reilly’s Heidelberg on 18 November 2014. More than 100 people attended the event and listened to his talk on speech recognition. Lucas presented some of the fundamental techniques and models that are used to make computers understand human speech. The applications of speech recognition range from spotting certain words in phone calls to searching the internet through voice commands.
Lucas studied Computer Science in Karlsruhe, New Zealand and the United States. In July 2014, he joined HITS to do his PhD in the field of evolutionary bio-informatics in Alexandros Stamatakis‘ research group.
The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) was established in 2010 by the physicist and SAP co-founder Klaus Tschira (1940-2015) and the Klaus Tschira Foundation as a private, non-profit research institute. HITS conducts basic research in the natural sciences, mathematics and computer science, with a focus on the processing, structuring, and analyzing of large amounts of complex data and the development of computational methods and software. The research fields range from molecular biology to astrophysics. The shareholders of HITS are the HITS-Stiftung, which is a subsidiary of the Klaus Tschira Foundation, Heidelberg University and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). HITS also cooperates with other universities and research institutes and with industrial partners. The base funding of HITS is provided by the HITS Stiftung with funds received from the Klaus Tschira Foundation. The primary external funding agencies are the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Research Foundation (DFG), and the European Union.