Plenary Speakers

Patrice Beddor
Patrice Speeter Beddor is the John C. Catford Collegiate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Michigan. She shares with many phoneticians an interest in the cognitive representation and processing of speech in relation to the physical instantiation of speech. Much of her research studies this relation from the perspective of coarticulation. In collaboration with colleagues at Michigan, some recent work has focused on the perceptual time course of coarticulation; ongoing work goes a step further by exploring possible links between a listener’s dynamic use of coarticulatory information as the acoustic signal unfolds and that language user’s own coarticulated productions. This research is driven by an interest in integrative theoretical approaches to perception and production, and in theories of sound change that explain how contextually conditioned variants in the ambient language become new perception and production norms.

Anne Cutler
Anne Cutler is Research Professor at MARCS Institute, University of Western Sydney, as well as emeritus director, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (Nijmegen, The Netherlands). Her research centres on the recognition of spoken language, especially how processing of speech is adapted to suit the native language. Her book, Native Listening, was published by MIT Press in 2012.

Frank Guenther
Frank Guenther is Professor of Speech Language, & Hearing Sciences and Biomedical Engineering at Boston University. His research combines theoretical modeling with behavioral and neuroimaging experiments to characterize the neural computations underlying speech. He is the originator of the DIVA model, which provides a quantitative account of the neural computations underlying speech motor control and their breakdown in communication disorders such as stuttering and apraxia of speech. He also develops brain-machine interfaces to restore speech communication to individuals suffering from locked-in syndrome, characterized by complete paralysis with intact cognition.

Simon King
Simon King has been with the Centre for Speech Technology Research at the University of Edinburgh since 1993, where he is now Professor of Speech Processing and the director of the centre. His interests include speech synthesis, recognition and signal processing and he has around 150 publications in these areas. He has served on the ISCA SynSIG board and currently co-organises the annual speech synthesis evaluation campaign, the Blizzard Challenge. He has also served on the IEEE Speech and Language Processing Technical Committee, and as an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing. He is a current associate editor of Computer Speech and Language.