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Prof Mark Huckvale
Room 320
Chandler House
2 Wakefield Street
  • Professor of Speech Science
  • Speech, Hearing & Phonetic Sciences
  • Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences

1973 - 1976 University of Warwick, Coventry, BSc (Hons) Physics
1976 - 1979 University College London, London, PhD Human Communication. Thesis: An interactive speech pattern audiometer.  Investigated the use of synthetic stimuli to assess hearing ability for speech.

1997 - present: University College London, London, Senior Lecturer
Teaching in speech acoustics, perception & hearing, signal processing, computer programming, and speech and language technology.  Research in speech synthesis, speech recognition, experimental phonetics, speech acquisition.  Administration of BSc Speech Communication and MA Phonetics degrees.
1989 - present: Marquesa Search Systems Ltd, Chagford, Devon, Technical Director
Design and development of software tools to support professional trade mark search services, including database design, maintenance, indexing, compression and phonetic search.  Responsible for quality assurance of trade mark information and continued development of client interface.
1990 - 1997: University College London, London, Lecturer
Teaching in speech acoustics, perception & hearing, connectionism, digital signal processing, computer speech processing, experimental phonetics, programming.  Research in speech recognition through non-linear phonological analysis, speech synthesis, language modelling.
1986 - 1990: University College London, London, Research Fellow (SERC Advanced Fellowship)
Research into methods for modelling variability of speech; construction of feature detectors for phonetic characteristics of speech; use of connectionist architectures and knowledge representation for speech recognition.
1983 - 1986: University College London, London, Research Assistant
Research into combined architecture for speech recognition and speech synthesis.  Design of representational language for speech knowledge for use in recognition and synthesis.  Software development of speech analysis workbench
1979 - 1983: Scicon Consultancy International, London, Systems Analyst
Systems programmer for team developing small business systems.  Project leader for various projects in defence area. Project leader for bi-lingual, English/Arabic database system. Consultant on UK Patent Office automated trademark search system.

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 the acoustics of speech and hearing, experimental phonetics, and computational methods for research in speech and hearing science.

Academic Background
1982 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Phonetics University College London
1976 BSc Bachelor of Science – Physics University of Warwick
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