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Dr. Kenneth Church, President of ACL
AT&T Fellow

Kenneth Church was a researcher at Microsoft Research in Redmond, before moving to Hopkins, and before that he was the head of a data mining department in AT&T Labs-Research (formally AT&T Bell Labs). Prof. Kenneth Church received BS, Masters and PhD from MIT in computer science in 1978, 1980 and 1983, respectively. He enjoys working with very large corpora such as the Associated Press newswire (1 million words per week) and larger datasets such as telephone call detail (1-10 billion records per month). He has worked on many topics in computational linguistics including: web search, language modeling, text analysis, spelling correction, word-sense disambiguation, terminology, translation, lexicography, compression, speech (recognition and synthesis), OCR, as well as applications that go well beyond computational linguistics such as revenue assurance and virtual integration (using screen scraping and web crawling to integrate systems that traditionally don't talk together as well as they could such as billing and customer care).

Dr. Li Deng, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research

Li Deng received the Bachelor degree from the University of Science and Technology of China (with the Guo Mo-Ruo Award), and received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (with the Jerzy E. Rose Award). He joined Dept. Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada in 1989 as an Assistant Professor, where he became a Full Professor with tenure in 1996. In 1999, he joined Microsoft Research, Redmond, WA as a Senior Researcher, where he is currently a Principal Researcher. Since 2000, he has also been an Affiliate Full Professor and graduate committee member in the Department of Electrical Engineering at University of Washington, Seattle. Prior to MSR, he also worked or taught at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, ATR Interpreting Telecom. Research Lab. (Kyoto, Japan), and HKUST. His current (and past) research activities include automatic speech and speaker recognition, spoken language identification and understanding, speech-to-speech translation, machine translation, language modeling, statistical methods and machine learning, neural information processing, deep-structured learning, machine intelligence, audio and acoustic signal processing, statistical signal processing and digital communication, human speech production and perception, acoustic phonetics, auditory speech processing, auditory physiology and modeling, noise robust speech processing, speech synthesis and enhancement, multimedia signal processing, and multimodal human-computer interaction. In these areas, he has published over 300 refereed papers in leading journals and conferences and 3 books, and has given keynotes, tutorials, and invited lectures worldwide. He is elected by ISCA (International Speech Communication Association) as its Distinguished Lecturer 2010-2011 and by APSIPA as its Distinguished Lecturer 2012-2013. He has been granted over 50 US or international patents in acoustics/audio, speech/language technology, and other fields of signal processing. He received awards/honors bestowed by IEEE, ISCA, ASA, Microsoft, and other organizations. 
He is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, a Fellow of the IEEE, and a Fellow of ISCA. He served on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Signal Processing Society (2008-2010). More recently, he served as Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine (2009-2011), which, according to the Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Report released June 2010 and 2011, ranks first in both years among all IEEE publications (127 in total) and all publications within the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Category worldwide (247 in total) in terms of its impact factor: 4.9 and 6.0, and for which he received the 2011 IEEE SPS Meritorious Service Award.  He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech & Langauge Processing 2012-2014.