A whistle-stop tour of automatic speech recognition
Thomas Niesler’s academic career began at the University of Stellenbosch where he obtained the BEng and MEng degrees in Electronic Engineering in 1991 and 1993 respectively. He moved to St John’s College, Cambridge, in 1994 as a Benefactor’s Scholar and obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1998 on the subject of statistical language modelling for large vocabulary speech recognition. He was employed first as a research associate (1997) and subsequently as a lecturer (1998–2000) by the University of Cambridge, where he taught undergraduate and master’s-level courses as part of the MPhil in Computer Speech and Language Processing. He joined the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Stellenbosch in November 2000, where he teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students in signal and speech processing. In 2002 he was an invited researcher at the NTT Speech Open Laboratory in Kyoto, Japan. He has authored 22 journal publications, as well as 24 refereed international and a further 19 national conference publications. He holds a C2 rating with the South African National Research Foundation, and has supervised 16 postgraduate students to graduation. His research interests lie in signal and pattern recognition, with a particular emphasis on human language technology. He is a member of the International Speech Communication Association.