Richard Stern

Professor – ECE LTICSDBME Lecturer – Music
Department Electrical and Computer Engineering
Office B24 Porter Hall
Telephone (412)-268-2535
Fax (412)-268-3890
Assistant Carolyn Patterson

Research Interests

Automatic Speech Recognition

Most current speech recognition systems do not yet perform well in difficult acoustical environments, or in different environments from the ones in which they had been trained. This research is concerned with improving the robustness of SPHINX, Carnegie Mellons large-vocabulary continuous-speech recognition system, with respect to acoustical distortion resulting from sources such as background noise, competing talkers, change of microphone, and room reverberation. Several different strategies are being used to address these problems. These include: improved noise cancellation and speech normalization methods, the use of representations of the speech waveform that are based on the processing of sounds by the human auditory system, and the use of array-processing techniques to improve the signal-to-noise ratio of the speech that is input to the system.

Signal Processing in the Auditory System

This research includes both psychoacoustical measurements to determine how we hear complex sounds, and the development of mathematical models that use optimal communication theory to relate the results of these experiments to the neural coding of sounds by the auditory system. Much of this work has been concerned with the localization of sound and other aspects of binaural perception.

In the News

  • Five College of Engineering faculty receive Google Research Awards
  • Two ECE Faculty Participate in New Music and Technology Program
  • Stern Named Fellow of ASA & Distinguished Lecturer of ISCA
  • ECE Alumnus Wins Young Author Best Paper Award
  • Carnegie Mellon Hosts International Interspeech Conference
  • Stern Quoted on PC Voice Interfaces in Wired Magazine
  • Stern Quoted in Spell Check Story
  • Stern's Auditory Research Noted in Physics Today
  •  Richard  Stern

    Carnegie Mellon, 1977

    Research Area

    Signals and Systems


    Automatic speech recognition, auditory perception, signal processing


    PhD, 1976
    Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    SM, 1972
    Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
    University of California, Berkeley

    SB, 1970
    Electrical Engineering
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology