Honorary Professor: Keiichi Tokuda
Keiichi Tokuda has been made an Honorary Professor.
He received a DEng from the Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1989.
He is now Director of the Speech Processing Laboratory and a Professor in the department of Computer Science at Nagoya Institute of Technology.
Since 2000, he has been an invited researcher at Tokyo’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, formerly known as the ATR Spoken Language Communication Research Laboratories, and he was a visiting researcher at Carnegie Mellon University in the US from 2001 to 2002.
He has been working on statistical parametric speech synthesis after he proposed an HMM-based speech synthesis algorithm in 1995.
He is also the principal designer of the opensource software packages HTS and SPTK.
Together with Professor Alan Black (Carnegie Mellon University), Professor Tokuda organised the largest evaluation of corpus-based speech synthesis techniques, the Blizzard Challenge, which has progressed to an annual event.
He was a member of the Speech Technical Committee of the IEEE Signal Processing Society from 2000 to 2003 and is a current member of the ISCA Advisory Council.
He has published more than 70 journal papers and more than 170 conference papers, and received five paper awards. His research interests include speech synthesis and recognition, and statistical machine learning.