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James L. Flanagan was the Vice President for Research at Rutgers University until October, 2004. He has also served as Director for the Center for Advanced Information Processing (CAIP), an advanced technology center sponsored jointly by industry and government. After receiving his doctorate in Electrical Engineering from MIT, he worked for over 30 years at Bell Laboratories where he made seminal contributions in the areas of signal coding algorithms and automatic speech synthesis and speech recognition. He the author of over 200 papers (in addition to his masterful text on is text on Speech Analysis, Synthesis and Perception), and is named on some 50 U.S. patents. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the Acoustical Society of America. In July 1996, he was awarded the highest scientific honor that the United States bestows, the National Medal of Science. He has also been awarded the Gold Medal of the Acoustical Society of America, the Edison Medal of the IEEE, the L.M. Ericsson International Prize in Telecommunications and the Medal of the European Speech Communication Association. In 2002, the IEEE established the James L. Flanagan Speech and Audio Processing award for an outstanding contribution to the advancement of speech and/or audio signal processing.

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Dr. Flanagan had planned on attending Interspeech 2005, the 9th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology in Lisbon, Portugal, September 4-8, 2005, where he was to take part in the "Panel: History of Speech Technology" chaired by Janet M. Baker: He was unable to attend, but sent a paper which was read by Janet Baker.

Text of paper: Perspectives on the Evolution of Speech Technology

History of Speech and Language Technology Project, Saras Institute / c/o Janet Baker, 173 Highland Street, West Newton, MA 02465, USA

Email: <Janet_Baker AT email DOT com>