To earn my crust, I do R & D in speech processing, speech recognition, speech synthesis, … in fact pretty much anything to do with speech. I also work on other aspects of signal processing (filter design, echo cancellation, power spectrum estimation, etc.), and occasionally volunteer to referee academic papers and examine Ph.D. theses.
I do photography in my spare time, and you can find some of my pictures here. Another spare-time activity is programming (what a geek, huh?) including a simple but rather nifty encryption and compression program for my Pocket PC and a rather specialised but effective audio scrubber for cleaning up early classical and classic jazz recordings.
I got my PhD from the University of Liverpool shortly after Miami Sound Machine released the prophetic “Dr. Beat” as a single. Shame they never asked me how to spell it. Since then, I’ve worked at what soon became the Speech Research Unit (commercialised as “20/20 Speech”, and now trading as “Aurix”), then at the University of Sheffield, Canon Research Centre Europe Ltd., and currently Aculab plc.
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