Human Language Technology

Haizhou Li



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Haizhou Li received the B.Sc, M.Sc, and Ph.D degrees in electrical and electronic engineering from South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China in 1984, 1987, and 1990 respectively. He is now a Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore.

Dr. Li has worked on speech and language technology in academia and industry since 1988. He has taught in The University of Hong Kong (1988-1989), South China University of Technology in Guangzhou, China (1990-1994), Nanyang Technological University in Singapore (2006-2016), University of Eastern Finland (2009), and University of New South Wales (since 2011). He was a Visiting Professor at CRIN/INRIA in France (1994-1995). Prior to joining NUS, he was a Research Manager in Apple-ISS Research Centre (1996-1998), Research Director of Lernout & Hauspie Asia Pacific (1999-2001), Vice President of InfoTalk Corp. Ltd and General Manager of InfoTalk Technology (Singapore) Pte Ltd (2001-2003), the Principal Scientist and Department Head of Human Language Technology at the Institute for Infocomm Research (2003-2016), and the Research Director of the Institute for Infocomm Research (2014-2016). He co-founded Baidu-I2R Research Centre in Singapore (2012). Dr. Li was known for his technical contributions to several award-winning speech products, such as Apple’s Chinese Dictation Kits for Macintosh (1996) and Lernout & Hauspie’s Speech-Pen-Keyboard Text Entry Solution for Asian languages (1999). He was the architect of a series of major technology deployments that include TELEFIQS voice-automated call centre service in Singapore Changi International Airport (2001), voiceprint engine for Lenovo A586 Smartphone (2012), and Baidu Music Search (2013).

Dr. Li’s research interests include automatic speech recognition, natural language processing, and neuromorphic computing. He has served as the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE/ACM TRANSACTIONS ON AUDIO, SPEECH AND LANGUAGE PROCESSING (2015-2018), Associate Editor (2012-2013) of ACM TRANSACTIONS ON SPEECH AND LANGUAGE PROCESSING, Computer Speech and Language (2012-2017), Springer International Journal of Social Robotics (2008-2016), and a Member of IEEE Speech and Language Processing Technical Committee (2013-2015). He was the President of the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA, 2015-2017), the President of Asia Pacific Signal and Information Processing Association (APSIPA, 2015-2016), the President of the Chinese and Oriental Language Information Processing Society (COLIPS, 2015-2019), the President of the Asian Federation of Natural Language Processing (AFNLP, 2017-2018). Dr. Li served as the General Chair of ACL 2012, INTERSPEECH 2014, ASRU 2019, the Local Arrangement Chair of SIGIR 2008 and ACL-IJCNLP 2009, and the Technical Program Chair of ISCSLP 1998, APSIPA Annual Summit and Conference 2010, IEEE Spoken Language Technology Workshop 2014, and IEEE ChinaSIP 2015.

Dr. Li was the recipient of National Infocomm Awards 2002, Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES) Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award 2013 and 2015, President’s Technology Award 2013, and MTI Innovation Activist Gold Award 2015 in Singapore. He was named one of the two Nokia Visiting Professors in 2009 by Nokia Foundation, IEEE Fellow in 2014 for leadership in multilingual, speaker and language recognition, ISCA Fellow in 2018 for contributions to multilingual speech information processing, and Bremen Excellence Chair Professor in 2019. Dr. Li is a member of ACL, ACM, and IEICE.


  • Singing Vocal Processing and Quality Evaluation
  • The Development of an Automatic Speech Recognition Prototype
  • Neuromorphic Computing
  • Human Robot Interaction Phase 1
  • AI speech lab: Automatic Speech Recognition for Public Services
  • Learning Generative and Parameterized Interactive Sequence Models with RNNs
  • Applied Natural Language Processing
  • FD-fAbrICS: Joint Lab for FD-SOI Always-on Intelligent & Connected Systems
  • Speech Synthesis and Synthetic Speech Detection
  • Human-Robot Collaboration AI for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME)
  • Speech Information Processing Research

Research interests

  • Automatic speech recognition
  • Speaker and language recognition
  • Natural language processing