Medalists

 

Citation
For leadership and extensive contributions to speech and language processing

Biography

John Makhoul
ISCA Medal 2016
 


Mary E. Beckmans
ISCA Medal 2015

Citation
For her contributions in phonological acquisition and her leadership in the Association for Laboratory Phonology

Biography
Mary E. Beckman is a Humanities Distinguished Professor of Linguistics at the Ohio State University, where she has supervised 25 doctoral dissertations in a broad range of topics in phonetics and related areas of speech science and linguistics. Her own doctoral research was a cross-linguistic comparison of prosody and intonation, and this was the focus of much of her earliest postdoctoral research. Her research in the last 20 years has focused more on first language phonetic acquisition and recently she has begun to explore the relationship between phonetic development across the life span and diachronic sound change. She is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and of the Linguistic Society of America, as well as a 2014 recipient of the Anneliese Maier Forschungspreis from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

 



Anne Cutler
ISCA Medal 2014

Citation
For charting the variation of speech perception across languages, and for her leadership in the field of speech perception research

Biography
Anne Cutler is professor in the MARCS Institute, University of Western Sydney, and Processing program leader of the newly established ARC Centre of Excellence in the Dynamics of Language. She studied in Australia, Germany and the US, and worked in the UK (Sussex, Cambridge) and from 1993 to 2013 as director at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Her research, of which her book Native Listening (MIT Press 2012) gives an overview, centres on human listeners’ recognition of spoken language. It has tended over the years to involve a great many cross-linguistic comparisons (e.g., English, Dutch, German, Japanese, Cantonese, Korean, Sesotho, French, Spanish, Italian, Finnish, Polish, Arabic, Telugu, Berber - so far).

 



Hynek Hermansky
ISCA Medal 2013

Citation
For his contributions in bio-inspired approaches to processing of speech

Biography
Hynek Hermansky is the Julian S. Smith Professor of the Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Director of Center for Language and Speech Processing at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. He is also a Research Professor at the Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic, and an External Fellow of the International Computer Science Institute at Berkeley, California. He is a Fellow of International Speech Communication Association and of Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and is the recipient of the 2013 International Speech Communication Association Medal for Scientific Achievement. He holds Dr.Eng. Degree from the University of Tokyo,  and Dipl. Ing. Degree from Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic.  His main research interests are in acoustic processing for speech recognition.

 




Chin-Hui Lee
ISCA Medal 2012

Citation
For pioneering and seminal contributions to automatic speech and speaker recognition, including innovations in adaptive learning, discriminative training, and utterance verification

Biography
Chin-Hui Lee is a professor at School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Lee received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from National Taiwan University, Taipei, in 1973, the M.S. degree in Engineering and Applied Science from Yale University, New Haven, in 1977, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Statistics from University of Washington, Seattle, in 1981.

Dr. Lee started his professional career at Verbex Corporation, Bedford, MA, and was involved in research on connected word recognition. In 1984, he became affiliated with Digital Sound Corporation, Santa Barbara, where he engaged in research and product development in speech coding, speech synthesis, speech recognition and signal processing for the development of the DSC-2000 Voice Server. Between 1986 and 2001, he was with Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey, where he became a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff and Director of the Dialogue Systems Research Department. His research interests include multimedia communication, multimedia signal and information processing, speech and speaker recognition, speech and language modeling, spoken dialogue processing, adaptive and discriminative learning, biometric authentication, and information retrieval. From August 2001 to August 2002 he was a visiting professor at School of Computing, The National University of Singapore. In September 2002, he joined the Faculty Georgia Institute of Technology.

Prof. Lee has participated actively in professional societies. He is a member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS), Communication Society, and the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA). In 1991-1995, he was an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing and Transactions on Speech and Audio Processing. During the same period, he served as a member of the ARPA Spoken Language Coordination Committee. In 1995-1998 he was a member of the Speech Processing Technical Committee and later became the chairman from 1997 to 1998. In 1996, he helped promote the SPS Multimedia Signal Processing Technical Committee in which he is a founding member.

Dr. Lee is a Fellow of the IEEE, and has published more than 350 papers and 25 patents. He received the SPS Senior Award in 1994 and the SPS Best Paper Award in 1997 and 1999, respectively. In 1997, he was awarded the prestigious Bell Labs President's Gold Award for his contributions to the Lucent Speech Processing Solutions product. Dr. Lee often gives seminal lectures to a wide international audience. In 2000, he was named one of the six Distinguished Lecturers by the IEEE Signal Processing Society. He was also named one of the two ISCA's inaugural Distinguished Lecturers in 2007-2008. Recently he won the SPS's 2006 Technical Achievement Award for "Exceptional Contributions to the Field of Automatic Speech Recognition".




Julia Hirschberg
ISCA Medal 2011
Citation
In recognition of her contributions to speech synthesis and prosody research

Biography
Julia Hirschberg is Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University, where she does research in prosody, spoken dialogue systems, and emotional and deceptive speech. She received her PhD in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1985. She worked at Bell Laboratories and AT&T Laboratories -- Research from 1985-2003 as a Member of Technical Staff and as a Department Head, creating the Human-Computer Interface Research Department at Bell Labs and moving with it to AT&T Labs. She served as editor-in-chief of Computational Linguistics from 1993-2003 and as an editor-in-chief of Speech Communication from 2003-2006. She is on the Editorial Board of Speech Communication and of the Journal of Pragmatics. She was on the Executive Board of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) from 1993-2003, have been on the Permanent Council of International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP) since 1996, and served on the board of the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA) from 1999-2007 (as President 2005-2007). She is currently the chair of the ISCA Distinguished Lecturers selection committee, is on the IEEE SLTC, and serves on the board of the CRA-W. She has been active in working for diversity at AT&T and at Columbia. She has been a fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence since 1994 and an ISCA Fellow since 2008. She received a Columbia Engineering School Alumni Association (CESAA) Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award in 2009, received an honorary doctorate (hedersdoktor) from KTH in 2007 and is the 2011 recipient of the IEEE James L. Flanagan Speech and Audio Processing Award and of the ISCA Medal for Scientific Achievement.