[Oct 5, 2016] Candidates for officer election for the term 2017-2018

Chair: Helen Meng

Helen Meng is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management and former Associate Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Engineering at CUHK. Her research interests include multilingual speech and language processing, multimodal human-computer interaction, multimedia search and retrieval, as well as Big Data decision analytics. She is the Founding Director of the Microsoft-CUHK Joint Laboratory for Human-centric Computing and Interface Technologies in 2005 which was later recognized as a Ministry of Education Key Laboratory (2008- ); Tsinghua-CUHK Joint Research Centre on Media Sciences, Technologies and System (2006- ) and the Stanley Ho Big Data Decision Analytics Research Center (2013- ).  She was elected Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing (2009-2011), and subsequently into the IEEE Board of Governors (2012- ).  She is a former ISCA Board Member and has supported SIG-CSLP for many years.  She was Technical Chair of INTERSPEECH2014 and O-COCOSDA 2012, Vice-Chair and Secretary of ISCSLP 2004 and General Chair of ISCSLP 2012.  Helen serves in HKSAR Government appointments including former membership in the Digital 21 Strategy Advisory Committee, current memberships in the Research Grants Council, Steering Committee on eHealth Record Sharing, Hong Kong/Guangdong ICT Expert Group and Coordinator of the Working Group on Big Data Research and Applications, and Chairlady of the Working Party of the Manpower Survey of the Information Technology Sector (2014-2015 and 2015-2016). Helen received all her degrees from MIT. In previous years, she has received the CUHK Faculty of Engineering Exemplary Teaching Award, Service Award and Young Researcher Award; Ministry of Education Higher Education Outstanding Scientific Research Output Award 2009, inaugural HKCS Outstanding ICT Women Professional Award 2015, ICME Best Paper Award 2016 and Microsoft Research Outstanding Collaborator Award 2016. She was elected Distinguished Lecturer of APSIPA in 2012 and ISCA in (2015-2016).  Helen is a Fellow of HKCS, HKIE, IEEE and ISCA.

Vice Chair: Bin Ma

Bin Ma received the B.Sc. degree in Computer Science from Shandong University, China, in 1990, the M.Sc. degree in Pattern Recognition & Artificial Intelligence from the Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IACAS), China, in 1993, and the Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering from The University of Hong Kong, in 2000. He was a Research Assistant from 1993 to 1996 at the National Laboratory of Pattern Recognition in IACAS. In 2000, he joined Lernout & Hauspie Asia Pacific as a Researcher working on speech recognition. From 2001 to 2004, he worked for InfoTalk Corp., Ltd, as a Senior Researcher and a Senior Technical Manager for speech recognition. He joined the Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore in 2004 and is now working as a Senior Scientist and the Lab Head of Automatic Speech Recognition. He has served as a Subject Editor for Speech Communication in 2009-2012, the Technical Program Co-Chair for INTERSPEECH 2014, Area Chair for INTERSPEECH 2013 & 2015, and is now serving as an Associate Editor for IEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing. His current research interests include robust speech recognition, speaker & language recognition, spoken document retrieval, natural language processing and machine learning.

Secretary: Yao Qian 

Yao Qian is a Senior Research Scientist of Dialogic, Multimodal and Speech Group at Educational Testing Service (ETS), where the research of automatic scoring for spoken and multimodal test responses is conducted. She received her Ph.D in the Dept. of EE, The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2005. Right after that, she joined Microsoft research Asia (MSRA), worked there for 10 years. In MSRA, she had worked on various aspects of spoken language processing, including speech synthesis, voice transformation, speaker recognition, speech recognition and Computer-Assisted Language Learning. Her most recent research work focuses on deep learning and its application in language proficiency assessment, speech synthesis and speaker identification. She is a senior IEEE member.