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Abeer Alwan, Professor

Fellow, IEEE, 2008
Fellow, Acoustical Society of America, 2003
NSF CAREER Award, 1995
NIH CAREER Award, 1994

Research Group: Speech Processing and Auditory Perception Laboratory

Office: 66-147G Engr. IV, Phone 310.206.2231, Email

 

Biography

Abeer Alwan received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from MIT in 1992. Since then, she has been with the Electrical Engineering Department at UCLA as an Assistant Professor (1992-1996), Associate Professor (1996-2000), and Professor (2000-present). Dr. Alwan established and directs the Speech Processing and Auditory Perception Laboratory at UCLA.

She is the recipient of the NSF Research Initiation Award (1993), the NIH FIRST Career Development Award (1994), the UCLA-TRW Excellence in Teaching Award (1994), the NSF Career Development Award (1995), and the Okawa Foundation Award in Telecommunications (1997).

Dr. Alwan is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, and an elected member of Eta Kappa Nu, Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, the New York Academy of Sciences, and the IEEE Signal Processing Technical Committees on Audio and Electroacoustics and on Speech Processing. She served, as an elected member, on the Acoustical Society of America Technical Committee on Speech Communication from 1993 to 1999. She also served as editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Speech Communication.

Research Interests

Speech processing, acoustic properties of speech sounds with applications to speech synthesis, recognition by machine and coding, hearing aid design, digital signal processing.

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2011 Fellow, International Speech Communication Association (ISCA)
  • 2008 Fellow, IEEE
  • 2006-2007 Radcliffe Fellowship
  • 2003 Fellow, AIP's Acoustical Society of America
  • 1997 Okawa Foundation Award
  • 1995 National Science Foundation CAREER Award
  • 1994 UCLA-TRW Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 1994 NIH FIRST Career Development Award
  • 1993 Best Student Paper Award at the Acoustical Society of America Meeting
  • 1993 NSF Research Initiation Award (RIA)

Books

  • S. Naraynan and A. Alwan, Text to Speech Synthesis: New Paradigms and Advances, Prentice Hall, NJ, 2004.
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