Isabel Trancoso Named IEEE Fellow

 Isabel Trancoso

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, IEEE, elevated Prof. Isabel Trancoso to IEEE Fellow. Recognizing the achievements of its members is an important part of the mission of the IEEE. Each year, following a rigorous evaluation procedure, the IEEE Fellow Committee recommends a select group of recipients for one of the Association’s most prestigious honors, elevation to IEEE Fellow.

The IEEE Board of Directors, at its November 2010 meeting, elevated Prof. Isabel Trancoso to IEEE Fellow, effective 1 January 2011, with the following citation: for sustained contributions to speech technology, especially in the provision of research in and resources for the Portuguese language.

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Isabel Trancoso’s research interests lie in speech synthesis and recognition, coding speech-to-speech translation, and computer-aided language learning. She teaches, among others, speech processing courses and programming at the Instituto Superior Técnico. She is also a senior researcher at INESC ID Lisbon, having launched the speech processing group, now restructured as Spoken Language Systems Lab. Her current scope is much broader, encompassing many areas in speech recognition and synthesis, with a special emphasis on tools and resources for the Portuguese language. She is a member of the IEEE Speech Technical Committee and the Permanent Council for the Organization of the International Conferences on Spoken Language Processing. She was elected Editor in Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Speech and Audio Processing (2003-2005), and Member-at-Large of the IEEE Signal Processing Society Board of Governors (2006-2008). Trancoso’s current research projects include VIDIVIDEO, LIREC, and POSTPORT.