Human Language Technology

Message from the Director

Greetings from Singapore! Welcome to the Human Language Technology (HLT) Lab.

HLT Lab is home to 40 researchers, post-doc fellows, postgraduate students, interns, and visiting scholars. Our people stand out for the commitment to academic excellence, diversity, vibrancy, and creative innovation. Our lab is a place where aspiring people meet real-world research problems in speech and language processing.

HLT Lab benefits from close collaboration with the industry, unique multilingual landscape in Singapore that offers interesting research problems, and inextricable connection to international research community. All these make HLT Lab a great place to study and to work. We are proudly part of the National University of Singapore, a leading global university in Asia. The Lab just hosted IEEE ASRU 2019 in Singapore.

HLT Lab has several immediate openings in 2020, that include Research Engineers, Post-doc Research Fellows, and Senior Research Fellows. Please find the information at Jobs. Thank you for taking your time to know better about us and our work.   

– Professor Haizhou Li, Fellow of IEEE, ISCA

About HLT Lab

The Human Language Technology (HLT) Laboratory is at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore. The Lab establishes itself as the technology leader in Human-centric Artificial Intelligence (H.AI). It is known for its research in automatic speech recognition, speaker and language recognition, speech synthesis and conversion, spoken dialogue, and human-robot interaction. The laboratory undertakes industry projects and solves real-world engineering problems. It also leads major research programs in national initiatives such as Neuromorphic Computing, National Robotics Programme, and AI Singapore. The HLT team received numerous awards that include IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Outstanding TNNLS Paper Award 2016, IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine Outstanding Paper Award 2019, APSIPA ASC Best Student Paper 2017 and 2018, ISCA Fellow 2018, and 1st Prize of International Competition for Brain-inspired Computing 2018.

News

  • HLT team has 6 papers accepted at IEEE ICASSP 2020. Please check out the publications page for our newly accepted papers at ICASSP 2020.
  • HLT Lab is pleased to organize a special session on “The Attacker’s Perspective on Automatic Speaker Verification” for upcoming Interspeech 2020. Organizers: Rohan Kumar Das, Xiaohai Tian, Tomi Kinnunen and Haizhou Li. Please visit the link for more details.
  • HLT Lab received a visit from Prof. Murat Saraçlar, Boğaziçi University, Electrical and Electronics Eng. Dept., Istanbul, Turkey and Dr. Ebru Arisoy, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, MEF University, Turkey on 20 January 2020. Please check out the photos.
  • HLT Lab received a visit from Prof Eric Fosler-Lussier, The Ohio State University, USA, Prof Tomoki Toda, Information Technology Center, Nagoya University, Japan, Prof. Hemant A. Patil, Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology (DA-IICT), Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India and Prof. Hermann Ney, RWTH Aachen University, Department of Computer Science, Aachen, Germany on 13 December 2019. Please check out the photos.
  • HLT Lab received a visit from Prof. Tomi H. Kinnunen, Associate Professor, University of Eastern Finland, Finland on 11 December 2019. Please check out the photos.
  • The “Automatic Lyrics-to-Audio Alignment” system developed by the team from HLT-NUS (Chitralekha Gupta, Emre Yilmaz, Haizhou Li) has outperformed all other systems in the International Music Information Retrieval Evaluation eXchange platform MIREX 2019. (Poster link, MirexResults)
  • The HLT lab is organizing a Winter Seminar Series on Human Language Technology. Please click here for more details.
  • Professor Haizhou Li was invited to the inaugural ceremony of a 12m-long AV bus, an official launch event by ST Engineering Singapore, at 26th Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) World Congress 2019, Suntec City, Singapore on 22 Oct 2019. HLT lab developed the Spoken Dialogue System (SpeechApp) for the onboard passengers on the driverless AV bus. This is a collaborative project between ST Engineering, Singapore and HLT-NUS, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Please check out the photos.
  • ECE post-graduate student won the second prize in 2019 International Collegiate Competition for Brain-Inspired Computing: The joint team from Human Language Technology Laboratory (NUS), and Multimedia and Interactive Computing Laboratory (NTU) emerged as one of the Second Prize winners in the 2019 International Collegiate Competition for Brain-Inspired Computing. The winning team is led by post-graduate student Wu Jibin supervised by Prof Li Haizhou from ECE Department. Please check out the photo.
  • ECE graduate student Ms. Gao Xiaoxue, supervised by Prof Li Haizhou in Human Language Technology Laboratory, won the Best Poster Award Runner-Up Prize in the 4th Workshop for Young Female Researchers in Speech Science and Technology 2019.
  • HLT Lab received a visit from Prof. Eliathamby Ambikairajah, Head of School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications, University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia on 03 September 2019. Please check out the photos.
  • Dr. Emre Yilmaz and HLT lab conducted the “Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR)” training workshop on 16 July – 30 August 2019. Please check out the photos.
  • HLT Lab received a visit from Prof. Gordon Cheng, Founder and Director of Institute for Cognitive Systems, Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Technical University of Munich, Munich, Germany on 15 August 2019. Please check out the photos.
  • HLT Lab received a visit from Dr. Giorgio Metta, the Scientific Director at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Italy, and Director of the iCub Facility Department at the same institute on 25 June 2019. Please check out the photos.
  • Professor Li Haizhou received the 2019 IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine Outstanding Paper Award at IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, 12 June 2019, New Zealand, for the paper entitled “How the Brain Formulates Memory: A Spatio-Temporal Model,” by Jun HuHuajin TangKay Chen Tan and Haizhou Li, in IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 56-68, May 2016. Please visit the link for more details.
  • HLT team has 18 papers accepted at INTERSPEECH 2019. Please check out the publications page for our newly accepted papers at INTERSPEECH 2019.
  • HLT Lab received a visit from Professors Jan Maciejowski (Cambridge University), Vincent Poor (Princeton University) and William Sanders (UIUC) on 9 April 2019. Please check out the photos.
  • We are hosting ASRU 2019 – one of the most prestigious events in speech signal processing!
    HLT members (Haizhou Li, Emre Yılmaz, Rohan Kumar Das, Maulik Madhavi, Karthika Vijayan, Chitralekha Gupta, Berrak Sisman, Bidisha Sharma and Wei Rao) are appointed in the organizing committee.
    Please visit http://www.asru2019.org for more info.
  • Check out our new papers accepted for ICASSP 2019 at publications!
  • Check out our new papers accepted for IJCNN 2019 at publications!
  • Prof Haizhou Li has been appointed as a Member of IEEE Signal Processing Society Fellow Evaluation Committee (2019)