Privacy in Speech Technology Research, Mar 21, 2024

Learn about privacy in speech technology research with Professor Tom Bäckström from the School of Electrical Engineering.
Privacy in Speech Technology Research


Speech technology used in communication has undergone rapid developments in recent years. However, such technology also presents threats to privacy. Speech may contain private information about personal life and its deeper analysis may reveal the subject’s identity, and information on health and emotions, for instance. Privacy is a transversal issue in the diverse field of speech technology research. 

In this webinar, Professor Tom Bäckström presents an introduction to privacy issues in speech technology research, such as modelling threats on privacy, methods for privacy protection and measuring their performance, and societal and legal consequences. Lastly, drawing from the above, the most important lines of development are defined.  

The presentation is based on this work by Dr. Bäckström:

Who can participate?

The webinar is aimed at staff and students who are interested in speech technology, privacy and research work. The session offers a broad overview of the topic. No prior knowledge is required. The webinar is free of charge.


The session consists of two parts: c. 45-minute presentation followed by discussion.

Schedule and location

The training will be held online via Zoom on March 21 at 1–2 PM (EET).


Dr. Tom Bäckström, Associate Professor, School of Electrical Engineering, Aalto University, [email protected]

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