Alex Waibel


Prof. Dr. Alexander Waibel

Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany



Alex Waibel
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue, Gates Hillman Center, GHC 6417
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

phone: +1-412-268-7676

fax: +1-412-268-5578



Alex Waibel
Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT)
Institute for Anthropomatics and Robotics,
Interactive Systems Labs
Building 50.20
Adenauerring 2
D-76131 Karlsruhe

phone: +49-721-608-44730

fax: +49-721-607721


Alexander Waibel is a Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University (USA), and at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany). He is the director of the International Center for Advanced Communication Technologies (interACT). Prof. Waibel Waibel is known for his work on AI, Machine Learning, Multimodal Interfaces and Speech Translation Systems. He proposed early Neural Network based Speech and Language systems, including the TDNN (the first shift-invariant "Convolutional" Neural Network), Modular Neural Networks neural transfer learning and sequential learning models. Combining advances in ML with work on multimodal interfaces, Waibel and his team developed pioneering solutions to cross-lingual communication, including the first consecutive (1991) & simultaneous (2005) translation systems, mobile speech translators, multimodal smart rooms and human-robot interfaces. Waibel founded more than 10 companies and organizations that transfer academic results to practical deployment, including the first commercial speech translation system on a phone Jibbigo (2009), the first simultaneous lecture interpretation service (since 2012 at KIT), dialog translators for humanitarian missions (2007-present) and interpretation support at the European Parliament. Following the acquisition of Jibbigo (2013-14), he served as director of language technologies at Facebook. Waibel published extensively in the field (>800 papers, >30,000 citations) and received many patents and awards. He directed international research programs under support from NSF, DARPA, BMBF and the EU. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences of Germany and a Fellow of the IEEE. He received his BS, MS and PhD degrees from MIT and CMU, respectively.




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