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This page provides brief examples of the materials found elsewhere on this website.

Sample Interview:

Christian Wellekens is a Full Professor and former department head in the Multimedia Communications Department at the Institut Eurécom. He received the degree of Ingénieur Civil Electricien Mécanicien from the University of Louvain, Belgium and a Ph.D. from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland. During his many years at Philips Research Laboratory, his work focused on circuit theory, signal processing, speech recognition, neural networks and applied mathematics.


An interview was conducted with Dr. Christian Wellekens at the IEEE ICASSP meeting in Philadelphia, PA, USA, March 18-23, 2005 by Dr. Janet Baker. The text of this interview has not yet been transcribed, but a brief excerpt of the recorded interview is available.

Brief excerpt of recorded interview.


Sample Exhibits:

"The Typewriter one hundred years hence": cartoon from The Illustrated Phonographic World (June, 1894).

HTK Toolkit manual: speech recognition tools from Cambridge Research Laboratorty Ltd., UK (1995-6).

Star Trek Klingon: Language LPC product featuring Klingon Language Laboratory using Dragon Systems speech recognition from Simon & Schuster Interactive (1996).

"Julie": doll with speech synthesis and recognition technology, produced by Worlds of Wonder in conjunction with Texas Instruments (1987).

Other exhibits will include speech hardware, seminal research papers on speech technology, marketing materials on speech products, articles and reviews about speech technology, etc.


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>