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Glyndŵr University expert’s online link-up to international technology show

11 January 2012

A communications technology expert from Glyndŵr University has secured a prestigious link-up with the world’s largest consumer technology show – via Skype from his home in north Wales.

Professor Peter Excell, Dean of the Institute for Arts, Science and Technology, has been asked to answer questions about the future of mobile devices and human interaction with computers from visitors to the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

The show, which also features appearances from basketball star Dennis Rodman and pop stars Justin Bieber and 50 Cent, is expected to attract 140,000 people from the consumer technology industry.

Professor Excell is well-known in the field for his work around futurology and mobile technology and secured the Q&A session invitation through his membership of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

“The invitation really came out of the blue,” he said. “The show is huge, so it’s a real privilege to be asked to take part. It’s also an excellent chance to put Glyndŵr University’s name out to a global audience.

“I couldn’t make it to the show itself but I’m looking forward to connecting remotely via Skype – I’m going to be online from 9pm-10pm every night of the event.”

Professor Excell says he is most interested in hearing and sharing views about user experiences and voice recognition technology.

“Human beings are very limited. We have 3D vision and stereo surround sound via our eyes and ears – but only mono output via our mouths when we speak. This presents all sorts of challenges for getting computers to recognise the human voice accurately. Mastering that would be a huge breakthrough as we can speak much faster than we’ll ever be able to type.”

Representatives from more than 140 countries worldwide are attending the 2012 International CES, which runs from 10-13 January.

The show features a series of keynote speeches and hundreds of exhibitors showcasing the latest developments in technology.

Six categorised Q&A sessions are being held every day as part of the event – mobile devices and apps and user experience, which are being covered by Professor Excell, along with digital storage, TV, Web technologies and In-vehicle technologies.

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