about me

At the Language Technologies Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, my research focus was on human-computer interaction through spoken dialog systems. However, I ended up studying and publishing about crowdsourcing at least as much as I did on language technologies. Check out a book I contributed to to get an idea of what we were working on.

I enjoyed an SDE position at Amazon.com for 4 years, working on data mining and more precisely on information extraction. We powered the faceted search experience of a large portion of Amazon all while helping filling missing catalog values. Later, I transitioned to a machine learning engineer role with Amazon Music and tackled several problems including defining good music similarity metrics, genre classification and providing great music recommendation for our customers.

After spending 6 years at Amazon, I left and started my own consulting business to help companies with their data and machine learning needs. All the information on the GPSE Consulting website.

During the week-end, you might find me upgrading Rosinante, my "gorgeous" 37 ft Cherubini Hunter sailboat. San Juan Islands. Desolation sound. Sailing from Seattle to San Francisco.


M. Eskenazi, G.-A. Levow, H. Meng, G. Parent, and D. Suendermann. Crowdsourcing for Speech Processing: Applications to Data Collection, Transcription and Assessment. Wiley, Hoboken, USA, May 2013. [Amazon]


G. Parent and M. Eskenazi. Speaking to the Crowd: looking at the past achievements in using crowdsourcing for speech and predicting future challenges. Interspeech 2011. [PDF]

A. Black, S. Burger, A. Conkie, H. Hastie, S. Keizer, O. Lemon, N. Merigaud, G. Parent, G. Schubiner, B. Thomson, J.D. Williams, K. Yu, S. Young and M. Eskenazi. Spoken Dialog Challenge 2010: Comparison of Live and Control Test Results SIGDIAL 2011. [PDF]

G. Parent and M. Eskenazi. CHI 2011. [PDF] Sources of Variability and Adaptive Tasks.


G. Parent and M. Eskenazi. Toward Better Crowdsourced Transcription: Transcription of a Year of the Let's Go Bus Information System Data. SLT 2010. [PDF]

A. Black, S. Burger, B. Langner, G. Parent and M. Eskenazi. Spoken Dialog Challenge 2010. SLT 2010. [PDF]

G. Parent and M. Eskenazi. Lexical Entrainment of Real Users in the Let's Go Spoken Dialog System. Interspeech 2010. [PDF]

G. Parent and M. Eskenazi. Clustering dictionary definitions using Amazon Mechanical Turk. NAACL/HLT 2010 MTurk workshop. [PDF]

K. Dela Rosa, G. Parent and M. Eskenazi. Multimodal learning of words: A study on the use of speech synthesis to reinforce written text in L2 language learning. SLaTE 2010. [PDF]


G. Parent, M. Gagnon, and P. Muller. Annotation d'expressions temporelles et d'événements en français. TALN2008. [PDF]