March 16, 2007
ECE alumnus Michael Seltzer (Ph.D. 2003; M.S. 2000) was awarded a Young Author Best Paper Award from the IEEE Signal Processing Society for his paper, "Likelihood-Maximizing Beamforming for Robust Hands-free Speech Recognition," co-authored with alumnus Bhiksha Raj (Ph.D. 2000) and Richard Stern. Stern, Professor of ECE, CS, and BME, advised both Seltzer and Raj.
Their research introduces LIkelihood-MAximizing BEAMforming (LIMABEAM), a novel approach to microphone array processing designed specifically for improved speech recognition performance. The paper appeared in IEEE Transactions on Speech and Audio Processing in September of 2004.
According to the IEEE Signal Processing Society, the Young Author Best Paper Award honors authors of especially meritorious papers that are related to the organization's technical scope and appear in their Transactions. To be eligible for the award, the writer must be less then 30 years old when the work is submitted.
Seltzer will be recognized next month at an awards ceremony at the International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP) in Honolulu. He is a researcher in Microsoft Research's speech technology group. Raj is a staff scientist at Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL).