UW Electrical Engineering Affiliate Professor Li Deng has received the 2015 IEEE SPS Technical Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions to Deep Learning and to Automatic Speech Recognition. The award honors people who have made significant technical contributions to areas within the IEEE realm, as evidenced by technical achievements with significant impact, patents and publications.
Deng, a Partner Research Manager of the Deep Learning Technology Center at Microsoft Research, teaches a graduate course on Computer Speech Processing and serves on the EE graduate committee at UW. Deng’s technical work and leadership in industry-scale deep learning has greatly impacted automatic speech recognition and other areas of information processing and machine learning, and its outcome is used in major Microsoft speech products and in several text- and big-data related products/services.
In early 2015, Deng received an IEEE Region 6 Outstanding Engineer Award for his contributions to deep machine learning and neural networks with applications to speech and language processing. Deng was also the recipient of the 2013 IEEE SPS Best Paper Award, Microsoft Goldstar Awards and Technology Transfer Awards. He has published more than 300 papers in leading journals and conferences and authored or co-authored five books. He is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, a Fellow of IEEE and a Fellow of the International Speech Communication Association. He has been granted more than 70 U.S. or international patents in acoustics/audio, speech/language technology, large-scale data analysis and machine learning.
Deng will accept the award at the IEEE International conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing in Shanghai, China in March 2016.