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FACULTY

Joseph S. Perkell
Joseph S. Perkell

perkell@speech.mit.edu
617.253.3223—Tel
Room 36-591

RLE Biography

Joe Perkell and his colleagues are conducting a series of experiments to explore the control and coordination of speech articulatory movements. A system for electromagnetic midsagittal articulometry has been developed and is used to characterize the various articulator motions under study. Dr. Perkell also collaborates with other scientists to study the influence of hearing on the speech production of cochlear implant patients and on mechanisms underlying certain kinds of voice disorders.
   

Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel
Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel

sshuf@mit.edu
617.253.3201—Tel
Room 36-523

RLE Biography

Principal Research Scientist Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel investigates the cognitive structures and processes involved in speech production planning, particularly at the level of speech sound sequencing. Her work with speech error patterns and with the acoustic analyses of prosody has implications for cognitive models of speech production and for phonological theory, as well as applications in speech recognition and synthesis.
   

Kenneth N. Stevens
Kenneth N. Stevens

stevens@speech.mit.edu
617.253.3209—Tel
Room 36-517

RLE Biography

Kenneth N. Stevens is a principal investigator in the Speech Communication Group of the Research Laboratory of Electronics. Dr. Stevens, who received the Sc.D. in electrical engineering from MIT and bachelor's and master's degrees in engineering physics from the University of Toronto, has pioneered contributions to the theory, mathematical methods and analysis of acoustics in speech production, leading to the contemporary foundations of speech science. His research in speech production, speech perception and speech synthesis has spanned a period of 40 years. Professor Stevens is especially known for his work on modeling of sound production in the larynx and the human vocal tract and on the relation between these models and linguistic representation of speech. Many of the leading speech scientists throughout the world have been Prof. Stevens' students or post-doctoral fellows, or have sought out sabbaticals in his laboratory. Stevens' laboratory has been referred to by colleagues as a "national treasure."


STAFF

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Satrajit Ghosh
Satrajit Ghosh

satra@speech.mit.edu
617.253.5957—Tel
Room 36-547
Satra's Homepage
Satrajit Ghosh is a Cognitive Neuroscientist with formal training in computer science, computational modeling of brain function and medical imaging. His research focuses on understanding the cognitive processes related to speech production and perception using a combination of functional brain imaging, computational modeling and psychophysical experiments. His current work involves fMRI experiments aimed at exploring brain function when somatosensory and auditory feedback is perturbed artificially while speaking. While a doctoral student in the Department of Cognitive and Neural Systems at Boston University his research was concerned with modeling speech motor control in the presence of sensory feedback delays and establishing an experimental setup for investigation of speech with fMRI.
Miwako Hisagi
Miwako Hisagi

hisagi@speech.mit.edu
617.258.9255—Tel
Room 36-581
Miwako Hisagi received her Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the City University of New York (CUNY) - Graduate Center (GC). While there, she worked as a Research Assistant at the Speech Acoustic and Perception Lab (SAPL) and the Developmental Neurolinguistics Lab (DNL). She also graduated from George Mason University (VA) with an M.A. in English (Linguistics) and a graduate certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). Her research interests are cross-linguistic speech production and perception and the Event-Related Potentials (ERPs) study in speech perception. She is currently involved with the speech perception and production project for cochlear implant patients.
Melanie Matthies
Melanie Matthies

melanie@speech.mit.edu
617.253.3593—Tel
Room 36-543
Melanie Matthies is also an Associate Professor in the Communication Disorders program of the Department of Health Sciences at Boston University. She completed a Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign in Hearing Science and an M.S. in Audiology from Purdue. Prof. Matthies is currently serving as section editor in the area of "Cochlear Implants and Aural Rehabilitation" for the Ear and Hearing journal, and her primary research interest is the effect of hearing status on speech production.
Mark Tiede
Mark Tiede

tiede@speech.mit.edu
617.253.5957—Tel
Room 36-547
Mark Tiede completed undergraduate and graduate study in Linguistics at Yale, separated by four years as a Navy Electronics Technician, and two years assembly coding microprocessors. He was invited to join Haskins Laboratories as a programmer and research assistant. He was recruited from there to participate for six years in the Human Information Processing group of the Advanced Telecommunications Research laboratories in Kyoto, Japan. He joined RLE after returning to the U.S. in 1999, and currently divides his time between the Speech Communication group and Haskins. Mark’s research interests are focused on techniques for studying speech production, and the integration of such data into improved models of articulatory speech synthesis. Mark is married, with two children, and enjoys recreational cycling, juggling, and ragtime piano.


TECHNICAL AND SUPPORT STAFF

Seth Hall
seth@speech.mit.edu
617.253.8041—Tel
36-512A

Seth's Homepage

Seth Hall has managed the computer systems used by several groups within the Research Laboratory of Electronics since he came to MIT in 1988. These groups currently include the Speech Communication Group (speech.mit.edu), the Sensory Communication Group, The Touch Lab (touchlab.mit.edu), the Remote Sensing and Estimation Group (rseg.mit.edu), and the MIT Venture Mentoring Service (web.mit.edu/vms).

His responsibilities include planning, acquisition, installation, and maintenance of the server and desktop systems used by these groups, as well as the day-to-day operation and management of these servers and systems. In addition, Seth provides general consulting to faculty, staff, and students on topics ranging from programming, data analysis and visualization, and real time data acquisition, to new equipment needs planning and installation, network utilization, data backup and recovery, and more or less anything else that he happens to be asked to do.

When he is not working he enjoys sailing and flying, as well as working on his sailboat, a Hans Christian 43T ketch. Music, reading, politics, and photography are also keen interests, as is his daughter Jerusha.

   
Arlene Wint
Arlene Wint

wint@speech.mit.edu
617.253.7309—Tel
36-511

Arlene Wint is the Administrative Assistant for the Speech Communication Group. She has been with the group for over 14 years. She provides administrative support to Prof. Kenneth Stevens, other research staff, as well as several graduate and undergraduate students. Her main responsibilities include preparing problem sets and class notes for Prof. Stevens and overseeing the day-to-day activities involved in running the research lab. When not at work, she is busy taking care of her three children and their varied interests. An avid sports fan, she tries to keep abreast of track and field, football, baseball and cricket competitions worldwide.

 

 

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