Keiichi Tokuda (Principal Investigator)

Keiichi Tokuda received the B.E. degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the Nagoya Institute of Technology, Nagoya, Japan, in 1984 and the M.E. and Dr.Eng. degrees in information processing from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan, in 1986 and 1989, respectively. From 1989 to 1996, he was a Research Associate in the Department of Electronic and Electric Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology. From 1996 to 2004, he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science, Nagoya Institute of Technology, where he is currently a Professor. He is also an Invited Researcher at the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), formally known as the ATR Spoken Language Communication Research Laboratories, Kyoto, Japan from 2000, and was a Visiting Researcher at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, from 2001 to 2002. He published over 70 journal papers and over 160 conference papers, and received 5 paper awards. He was a member of the Speech Technical Committee of the IEEE Signal Processing Society from 2000 to 2003. Currently he is a member of ISCA Advisory Council and an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech & Language Processing, and acts as organizer and reviewer for many major speech conferences, workshops and journals. His research interests include speech speech coding, speech synthesis and recognition, and statistical machine learning.

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Daisuke Yamamoto (Co-Investigator)

Daisuke Yamamoto is an associate professor at the Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan. He received the B.E., M.E., and PhD in information science from Nagoya University. Since April 2008, he has been with the Nagoya Institute of Technology. He has over 30 publications and received over 20 awards. His research interests include Web services, Web interaction, content technologies, E-learning, GIS and multimedia systems.


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Steve Renals (Co-Investigator)

Steve Renals is professor of speech technology at the University of Edinburgh. He is the director of the Institute of Language, Cognition, and Communication (ILCC) in the School of Informatics at Edinburgh.  He received a BSc from University of Sheffield and an MSc and PhD from University of Edinburgh.  He has held teaching and research positions at the Universities of Cambridge and Sheffield, and at the International Computer Science Institute.  He has over 150 publications in speech technology and spoken language processing.  He has coordinated a number of large collaborativer projects, including the EPSRC Programme Grant, Natural Speech Technology, and the interdisciplinary EU Integrated Projects AMI and AMIDA, which combined research in speech technology with multimodal interaction, HCI, and computational linguistics to recognise and interpret meetings. He is co-editor-in-chief of the ACM Transactions on Speech and Language Processing and is an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing.  He is a member of the ISCA Advisory Council and an advisory board member for Scottish Enterprise.


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