Language Technologies Institute Professor Alex Waibel has been named a 2015 IEEE fellow in recognition of his technological contributions to society.
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Waibel, who is also a professor at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), was cited for his contributions to neural network-based speech recognition and translation and to multimodal interfaces. Waibel heads the International Center for Advanced Communication Technologies (InterAct), a lab operated jointly by CMU, KIT and other universities that develops software and systems for speech-to-speech translation and human-machine translation. He joins the university's Howie Choset and Diana Marculescu in the 2015 class of fellows.
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