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Prof Mark Huckvale

Prof Mark Huckvale

Professor of Speech Science

Speech, Hearing & Phonetic Sciences

Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences

Joined UCL
1st Sep 1983

Research summary

My research involves many aspects of speech science and technology: speech production, hearing, speech perception, speech acquisition, speech synthesis, speech recognition and speaker recognition.

Recent research activities include:

  • Centre for Law-Enforcement Audio Research (CLEAR). A joint research centre with Imperial College London that investigates methods for the enhancement of degraded speech signals.
  • Avatar Therapy. A project that investigates the use of computer avatars in the provision of therapy for sufferers of auditory hallucinations (hearing voices).
  • KLAIR Virtual Infant. A machine learning toolkit for the study of the computational modelling of early speech acquisition by infants through real-time interaction with caregivers.
  • VOQAL Voice Quality Toolbox. A toolkit for the analysis of changes in voice quality caused by aging, disease or stress.

Teaching summary

I teach courses in Introduction to Speech Science, Phonetics, Experimental Phonetics, and Web Programming.

Education

University College London
PhD, Phonetics | 1982
University of Warwick
BSc, Physics | 1976

Biography

Education / Qualifications

  • 1976, BSc (Hons) Physics, University of Warwick, U.K.
  • 1984, PhD (Human Communication), University of London, U.K.

Professional History

  • 1979-1983, Systems Analyst/Programmer, SCICON Consultancy International, London, UK
  • 1983-1986, Research Assistant, Department of Phonetics and Linguistics, University College London
  • 1986-1990, SERC Advanced Research Fellow, Department of Phonetics and Linguistics, University College London
  • 1990-1997, Lecturer, Department of Phonetics and Linguistics, University College London
  • 1997-2015, Senior Lecturer in Research Department of Speech Hearing and Phonetic Sciences, Division of Psychology and Language Science, University College London
  • 2015-present, Professor of Speech Science in Research Department of Speech Hearing and Phonetic Sciences, Division of Psychology and Language Science, University College London

Other Appointments And Affiliations

  • 1989-2014, Technical Director, Marquesa Search Systems Ltd. (Trademark Search Provider)
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