Candidates for SIG-CSLP Officer Election (Term 2015-2016)

Dear SIG-CSLP Members,

On 29 April 2014, we called for nomination of SIG-CSLP officers. We are glad to announce that we have concluded the nomination of candidates for the term 2015-2016.

Three officers to be elected are: Chairperson, Vice Chairperson and Secretary. According to the constitution, a candidate must be nominated by at least two members and the candidate must agree to the nomination.

Next are the qualified candidates:

Chairperson: Helen Meng,
Vice Chairperson: Bin Ma
Secretary: Yao Qian

On-line ballot collection will start from 1 July 2014 and close on 31 July 2014. Please cast your vote at (PIN has been sent to members by email)

The newly elected officers will begin their two-year term from 1 January 2015. The election results will be announced on 14 Septermber 2014 during CSLP General Assembly in Singapore.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that our flagship conference, ISCSLP 2014, will be held in Singapore on 12-14 September 2014. Please visit the SIG-CSLP website and ISCSLP 2014 website for the latest update.

Look forward to your votes in this election and your participation in ISCSLP 2014!

Haizhou Li, Aijun Li, Hsin-Min Wang
SIG-CSLP Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and Secretary

The Biographies of the Candidates

Helen Meng

Helen Meng received all her degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge. She joined The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1998, where she is currently Professor and Chairman in the Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management. In 1999, she established the Human-Computer Communications Laboratory and serves as Director. In 2005, she established the Microsoft-CUHK Joint Laboratory for Human-Centric Computing and Interface Technologies and serves as Co-Director. This laboratory was recognized as a Ministry of Education of China (MoE) Key Laboratory in 2008. In 2013, she helped the University establish the Big Data Decision Analytics Research Center and serves as its Founding Director.

Helen was Associate Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Engineering from 2006 to 2010. She received the MoE Higher Education Outstanding Scientific Research Output Awards in Technological Advancements, for the area of "Multimodal User Interactions with Multilingual Speech and Language Technologies" in 2009. In previous years, she has also received the CUHK Exemplary Teaching Award, Young Researcher Award and Service Award of the Faculty of Engineering. She has also been awarded the Peng Cheng Visiting Professorship of Tsinghua Graduate School of Shenzhen, and is/has been a Visiting Professor of Tsinghua University, Fudan University and the Northwestern Polytechnical University. Her research interests lie in the areas of human-computer interaction via multimodal and multilingual spoken language systems, computer-aided language learning systems, as well as translingual speech retrieval technologies. She was the former Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing. She serves as a member of the International Speech Communication Association Board and the IEEE Signal Processing Society Board of Governors.  Helen was General Chair of the International Symposium on Chinese Spoken Language Processing 2012 and is Technical Chair of Interspeech 2014. 

Her international and local professional services include: Steering Committee member on eHealth Record Sharing of the HKSAR Government, and Council Membership of the Hong Kong SAR Government's Research Grants Council, Hong Kong Productivity Council and Open University of Hong Kong. She also serves on the review panels of various agencies, including the Hong Kong SAR Government's Innovation and Technology Commission, Swedish Research Council European Research Infrastructure Initiative, and the National Centres of Competence in Research, Swiss National Science Foundation. Helen is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Computer Society, the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers and IEEE.

Bin Ma 

Bin Ma received the B.Sc. degree in computer science from Shandong University, Jinan, China, in 1990, the M.Sc. degree in pattern recognition and artificial intelligence from the Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IACAS), Beijing, China, in 1993, and the Ph.D.  degree in computer engineering from The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, in 2000. He was a Research Assistant from 1993 to 1996 at the National Laboratory of Pattern Recognition, IACAS. In 2000, he joined Lernout & Hauspie Asia Pacific as a Researcher working on the speech recognition of multiple Asian languages. From 2001 to 2004, he worked for InfoTalk Corp., Ltd, as a Senior Researcher and a Senior Technical Manager engaging in telephony speech recognition. Since 2004, he has been working for the Institute for Infocomm Research, Agency for Science, Technology, and Research (A*STAR), Singapore, and is currently a Senior Scientist and the Group Leader of Speech Processing Group. His current research interests include robust speech recognition, speaker and language recognition, spoken document retrieval, natural language processing, and machine learning. Dr. Ma has served as a Subject Editor of Speech Communication.

Yao Qian 


Dr. Qian is now a lead researcher in the Speech Group, Microsoft Research Asia. She received the Ph.D degree in the Dept. of EE, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, in 2005. During her Ph.D study, she received the award of Microsoft Research Asia Fellowship in 2003. She joined Microsoft research Asia in September, 2005. She is interested in spoken language processing. Her recent research projects include speech synthesis, voice transformation, prosody modeling for speech synthesis, recognition and understanding and Computer-assisted language learning (CALL). Her most recent work focuses on deep learning and its application in speech synthesis and pronunciation evaluation.