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ISCA Distinguished Lectures by Prof. Hiroya Fujisaki

Nov 11, 2016, We are honored to invite Prof. Hiroya Fujisaki to give lectures of “Modeling the Process of F0 contour Generation” and “Principles and Design of a System for Academic Information Retrieval based on Human-Machine Dialogue”.
Hiroya Fujisaki is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Tokyo and a Professor in the Department of Applied Electronics at the Science University of Tokyo. He earned his BS, MS and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Tokyo, joined the faculty there in 1962, and became a Professor of Electrical Engineering in 1973. In 1991, he retired from this position and took on his current appointments. His research in speech and language processing covers a broad range of topics, including production, perception, acquisition, impairment, analysis, synthesis, coding, and recognition. His work on mathematical and physical modeling has led to the development of models of language use, models for perceptual processes in speech identification and discrimination and models for the process of fundamental frequency control in speech. He also developed a model of road traffic flow which has been applied to road traffic control since the 1970s. Among his many honors, Prof. Fujisaki is an honorary member of ISCA and of the Acoustical Society of Japan, a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers, and an inaugural fellow of ISCA, a life member of the Information Processing Society of Japan, a member of the Engineering Academy of Japan, and a corresponding member of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences. He has been Vice President of the Japan-China Science and Technology Association since 2003.
Prof. Hiroya Fujisaki well prepared and excellantly gave the two lectures. At first, he gave the lecture about “Modeling the Process of F0 contour Generation”, which discussed the physiology and physics of the mechanisms and processes involved in controlling F0, and shows the mathematical behavior of F0 as a consequence of the combined activities of various laryngeal and extra-laryngeal muscles that are activated by linguistic, paralinguistic and nonlinguistic information. Secondly, he gave the lecture about “Principles and Design of a System for Academic Information Retrieval based on Human-Machine Dialogue”, which describes the outcome of a successful Japanese national project conducted under the “Research-for-the-Future” program and led by the speaker as the principal investigator.