Dr. Dirk Schnelle-Walka led the "Talk&Touch'' group at the Telecooperation Lab at TU Darmstadt until end of 2014. Since then, he works as a functional owner speech&dialog for Harman (previously S1nn) in the automotive industry to take his research portfolio to an industrial level. His research focus is on voice-centric multimodal interaction in smart spaces. He authored more than 50 book chapters, journal articles and conference papers and is chairing the IUI workshop on Interacting Smart Objects and the EICS Workshop on Engineering interactive Systems with SCXML. He is also the head behind several open source projects around speech technology, e.g. the open source voice browser JVoiceXML.