Human Language Technology Department


Lab Name and Affiliation

Human Language Technology Department

Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore

Lab Director (or Principal Investigator)

Dr. Haizhou Li

Dr Haizhou Li is currently a Principal Scientist and Department Head of the Human Language Technology at the Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), Singapore. He is also a conjoint Professor at the University of New South Wales, Australia. Prior to joining I2R, he was the Research Director in Lernout & Hauspie Asia Pacific, and Vice President in InfoTalk Corp. Ltd.
Dr Li's research interests include automatic speech recognition, natural language processing and information retrieval. He has published over 250 technical papers in international journals and conferences. Dr Li has served as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing (2008-2012), ACM Transactions on Speech and Language Processing (2012-2014), and Computer Speech and Language (2012-2015). He is an elected Board Member of the International Speech Communication Association (2009-2017), President-Elect of Asia-Pacific Signal and Information Processing Association (2013-2014), and Executive Board Member of the Asian Federation of Natural Language Processing (2006-). He was appointed the General Chair of ACL 2012 and INTERSPEECH 2014. He was the recipient of National Infocomm Award of Singapore in 2002, and Nokia Professor in 2009.

Lab Introduction

The Human Language Technology (HLT) Department at Institute for Infocomm Research was founded in 2007 and led by Dr Haizhou Li and a group of renowned scientists, with a mission to advance the state-of-the-art technology to power the speech and language industry in Singapore. HLT Department is recognized internationally as a technology leader in speaker and language recognition, large vocabulary continuous speech recognition, machine translation, and spoken dialogue technology in the industry, as attested by its leadership in US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Speaker Recognition and Language Recognition Evaluations in the past years.
HLT Department at I2R is well connected with the industry. In recent years, it established research collaborations with multi-national companies such as Baidu, Sogou, Panasonic, and Microsoft Research Asia. In 2012, Baidu partnered with HLT Department to set up its first overseas joint laboratory, Baidu-I2R Research Center (BIRC), in Singapore. BIRC was known for its award-winning voiceprint technology, which was adopted by Lenovo A586 smartphone, the worldˇ¦s first voice-unlocking phone, in December 2012.
HLT Department is the organizer of Odyssey Speaker and Language Recognition Workshop 2012, and INTERSPEECH 2014.

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