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Professor Naomi Harte

Professor in Speech Technology (Electronic & Elect. Engineering)

Naomi is Professor in Speech Technology in the School of Engineering in Trinity College. She is Co-PI and a founding member of the ADAPT SFI Centre. In ADAPT, she has led a major Research Theme centered on Multimodal Interaction involving researchers from Universities across Ireland and was instrumental in developing the future vision for the Centre for 2021-2026. She is also a lead academic of the hugely successful Sigmedia Research Group in the School of Engineering. She was appointed as an SFI Engineering Initiative Lecturer in Digital Media in TCD in 2008 (Stokes Programme). Prior to returning to academia, Naomi worked in high-tech start-ups in the field of DSP Systems Development, including her own company. She also previously worked in McMaster University in Canada. She was a Visiting Professor at ICSI in 2015, and became a Fellow of TCD in 2017. She earned a Google Faculty Award in 2018 and was shortlisted for the AI Ireland Awards in 2019. She currently serves on the Editorial Board of Computer Speech and Language and will Chair Interspeech 2023 in Dublin. Naomi's research centres around Human Speech Communication. She likes to consider speech as something we both hear and see, with a strong multimodal aspect to her work. Her research involves the design and application of mathematical algorithms to enhance or augment speech communication between humans and technology. Much of that work is underpinned by signal processing and machine learning, but also requires an understanding of how humans interact. Her current research projects include audio-visual speech recognition, speech synthesis evaluation, multimodal speech analysis, and birdsong. Her industrial background brings a real-world approach to her research.
  Audio-visual speech processing   Birdsong Analysis   Emotion in Speech   Human-Computer Interaction   Information/Communication Systems   Multimedia   Signal Processing   Speaker Recognition   SPEECH   Speech Biometrics   Speech processing/technology   Speech Quality   SPEECH RECOGNITION
 Dynamic Visual Features and Improved Audio-Visual Fusion for Automatic Speech Recognition
 Robust Speaker Verification
 Audio-Visual Fusion for Human Computer Interaction.
 Speech Quality for VoIP
 Advanced Metrics for Audio-Visual Signal Quality in Internet Communications

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International Expert Reviewer for Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)
Peer reviewing for top conferences and journals, e.g.: IEEE ICASSP, Interspeech, ACM ICMI, EUSIPCO, IEEE ASRU, IEEE ICIP, ACL, Speech Communication, JASA, IEEE Trans Multimedia ongoing
Senior Technical Program Committee for ACM ICMI 2019
TCD Representative to MIDAS (MicroElectronics Design Association of Ireland)
Irish representative to the EU COST Action 2101 entitled "Biometrics for Identity Documents and Smart cards"
Regular Session Chair at Interspeech ongoing
Irish representative to the EU COST Action IC1006 Integrating Biometrics and Forensics for the Digital Age
ICT Evaluator for FP6 ICT Call FP6-2004-SME-COOP in Co-operative research (Research involving SMEs, Universities and research organisations). Acted as Group Rapporteur.
Expert Evaluator for FP7 Call FP7-REGIONS-2012-2013-1 in Transnational cooperation between regional research-driven clusters
PhD External Examiner University of Cambridge
PhD External Examiner, Victoria University, New Zealand
PhD External Examiner, University of York
PhD External Examiner, Athlone Institute of Technology
PhD External Examiner, University of East Anglia
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
French Basic Basic Basic
German Basic Basic Basic
Irish Medium Medium Medium
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IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)
ISCA (International Speech Communication Association)
IEEE Women in Engineering
IEEE Signal Processing Society
A Karaali and N Harte and CR Jung, Deep Multi-Scale Feature Learning for Defocus Blur Estimation, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Ayushi Pandey, S├ębastien Le Maguer, Julie Berndsen, Naomi Harte, Mind your p's and k's--Comparing obstruents across TTS voices of the Blizzard Challenge 2013, Proc. 11th ISCA Speech Synthesis Workshop (SSW 11), 2021, pp166-171 , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Mark Anderson, John Kennedy, Naomi Harte, Low Resource Species Agnostic Bird Activity Detection, 2021 IEEE Workshop on Signal Processing Systems (SiPS), 2021, pp34-39 , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  URL
Torre, Ilaria and Carrigan, Emma and Domijan, Katarina and McDonnell, Rachel and Harte, Naomi, Dimensional perception of a 'smiling McGurk effect', 9th International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction (ACII), 2021, pp1-8 , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
G Sterpu and C Saam and N Harte, Learning to count words in fluent speech enables online speech recognition, 2021 IEEE Spoken Language Technology Workshop (SLT), 2021, pp38-45 , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Ilaria Torre, Emma Carrigan, Katarina Domijan, Rachel McDonnell, Naomi Harte, The Effect of Audio-Visual Smiles on Social Influence in a Cooperative Human-Agent Interaction Task, ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI), 28, (6), 2021, p1-38 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
M Anderson and N Harte, Bioacoustic Event Detection with prototypical networks and data augmentation, 2021, Report, PUBLISHED
Fernandez-Lopez, Adriana and Karaali, Ali and Harte, Naomi and Sukno, Federico M, ICASSP 2020-2020 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP), ICASSP 2020-2020 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP), 2020, pp6294--6298 , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Roddy, Matthew and Harte, Naomi, Neural Generation of Dialogue Response Timings, Annual Conference of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), 2020, pp2442-2452 , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Le Maguer, Sebastien and Harte, Naomi, Investigation of Auditory Nerve Model Based Analysis for Vocoded Speech Synthesis, 2020, pp1--6 , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI

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Dr. Silvia Giordani, Poster Making and Presentation, TCD, Chemistry Dept, 2007, Notes: [power point presentation on how to create a poster fro research and presentation tips for students.], Poster, PUBLISHED


Award Date
AI Awards (Shortlisted in Best Application of AI in an Academic Research Body) 2019
Google Faculty Award 2018
Fellow of Trinity College Dublin 2017
Cognitec Best Student Paper Award for PhD Student Finnian Kelly, International Conference on Biometrics (ICB) 2012
Shortlisted for Provost Teaching Award 2011
British Telecom Research Scholarship 1997-1999
IEE Leslie H. Paddle Scholarship 1995-1998
Glen Dimplex British Council Chevening Scholarship 1995-1996
Awarded a Gold Medal for Distinction in Engineering upon graduation. 1995
Maurice F. Fitzgerald Prize - first overall in the Engineering Faculty in the Degree exams. 1995
David Clark Prize - first place in the Microelectronic and Electrical Engineering Degree exams. 1995