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Former members of the academic staff :
René BOITE

René Boite was born in Grandglise (Belgium) in 1928.
He graduated in 1951 as an electromechanical engineer (Faculty of Engineering, Mons). After a short carreer at the Electonics Devision of ACEC; he joined the Electrotechnical Department of the Faculty of Engineering, Mons, as a chef de travaux. He spent six months at MIT, Cambridge, MA, where he conducted research on semiconductor devices un der the direction of Prof. Von Hippel. In 1961, he was elected as a full professor, and became the head of the Citcuit Theory and Signal Processing Lab (TCTS).
Professor Boite pionnered several research areas. He successiveley studied the transistor, logic circuits, active filters, complex filters, as well as switched-capacity filters. As early as 1970, il foresaw the importance of digital eletronics, and focused his research on numerical filters, for which he contributed to the study of non-linear effects of quantization. From 1980, he created IRSIA collaborative research programmes in speech synthesis and recognitions, with KUL, UCL, RUG, and Philips. He personally conducted research on speech analysis and coding, thereby initiating research activities which led to the creation, in Mons, of MULTITEL asbl and Babel Technologies, S.A.
René Boite authored or coauthored more than 100 scientific papers in national and international journals. He coautored four remarkable books on Network Theory, Numerical Filters, Speech Processing, and Non-linear Effectf of Quantization.
He created the conference "Réunion des théoriciens des circuits de langue française", which still holds a yearly meeting, and served as a president of SITEL.
He was honoured by the The Swiss Federal Institute of Lausanne when he received the Honoris causa degree, in 1988.
Prof. René Boite retired from Faculty of Engineering, Mons, in 1998. He passed away in August, 2002, at the age of 73.

See this special Web page dedicated to his memory.

 

Former members of the scientific staff :

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Lamia ABDESSEMED

Lamia holds an Electrical Engineering degree since September 2002, in Algeria. Having obtained a master's degree, in digital Telecommunications and Applications, in 2004 from UVHC in France, she has obtained another master's degree in Applied Sciences, in 2005 from Brussels's University (ULB).
Between 2005 and 2008, she was a Teaching Assistant at LIST department within the Applied Sciences faculty at ULB. Currently, she is a researcher at TCTS Laboratory for the project TOMO3D.


Pablo Daniel AGÜERO

I am a PhD student at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). I received my Electronic Engineer degree at Facultad de Ingeniería (Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Argentina).
I have interests on speech synthesis and recognition. My current work is about prosody: analysis, synthesis and transfer. In the framework of TC-STAR I'm devoted to the development of algorithms to model prosody for speech synthesis using information of the source speaker to improve its quality (naturalness and pleasantness).
Here I will be working on prominence detection and transfer for speech-to-speech translation.


Abdelkader AMRAOUI

Abdelkader Amraoui worked at TCTS Lab from 1989 to 1992. His work focused on using artificial neural networks for speech recognition. He mostly investigated the Kohonen Map. He is now ?.


Burak ARSLAN


Maria ASTRINAKI

Maria Astrinaki graduated from the Computer Science Department, University Of Crete, Greece, in 2007. She performed her Master's Thesis in the same department in the field of Voice Pathology Detection (July 2010).

She defended her PhD thesis in applied sciences at the University of Mons in October 2014. The thesis focuses in bringing interactive designs in the context of HMM-based speech synthesis. Many applications and proof of concept examples that enable the user interaction over all the production levels in realtime were developed.

She was the initiator and leader of the Mage project, an open source library for performative HMM-based synthesis.

Her research interests focus on interactive designs, software development and architecture, signal processing theory and its applications to speech processing, especially speech synthesis.


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Onur BABACAN

Onur Babacan holds an Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering degree from Izmir Institute of Technology, Turkey. He did his master's thesis in Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich (ETH Zürich) on speech coding strategies for cochlear implants, in cooperation with University Hospital Zürich. His research interests are speech processing and audio processing.


Michel BAGEIN

Michel Bagein obtained a computer engineering degree from the "Ecole Polytechnique Universitaire de Lille" (previously EUDIL) in 1996 by sitting for evening training after 10 years spent in industry. In 1997, he joined the TCTS Lab as a researcher in the field of speech synthesis. He has been involved in several projects (LIPSS, Euler, NUMBROLA) and worked on software standardization. He was involved in the MODIVOC project.


François BATAILLE

François Bataille was TCTS Lab's System Engineer from 1995 to 1998.
He also worked on the development of prototype telephony servers and multimedia applications.
He co-founded Babel Technologies, s.a., in 1997, and is currently employed by this company..


Richard BEAUFORT

Richard Beaufort first spent 2 months at TCTS Lab in 1999, in the framework of the interuniversity DEC2 in Language Engineering organized by UCL, FPMs, ULG, and FUNDP, for working on Learning-based Phonetization in Text-to-Speech Synthesis (TTS). Then, after a French DEA in Language Engineering (Paris), he came back and worked at TCTS Lab from 2000 to 2001, as a member of the TTS group, and started a PhD thesis on Finite-State Machines applied to Speech Synthesis. He was than with Multitel ASBL, where he headed the TTS group. After his PhD he is now with CENTAL, UCL.


Benjamin BEERENS


Frédéric BETTENS

Frédéric Bettens holds a PhD Degree in Applied Sciences (Université Libre de Bruxelles, 2003). His main research interests are in audio and speech signal processing.

He is currently working on the audio aspects of the SERKET project.


Jean-Marc BOITE

Jean-Marc Boite was part of the TCTS Lab ASRGroup from 1996 to 2000. He worked on the SPRACH and STRUT Projects. He is currently the head of the ASR group at MULTITEL ASBL .


Christophe BOUREZ

Christophe Bourrez worked in the Patter Recognition Research Group, from 1995 to 1997.
His work was mainly on Image Analysis and Optical Character Recognition. He also had a strong interest in Software Engineering.
He is now with LEM Elsis.


Hervé BOURLARD

Hervé Bourlard headed the Speech Recognition Research Group, from 1994 to 1997. He had previously been with Philips Research, Brussels, and had been a research group leader at Lernout and Hauspie. His work concentrated on developing the hybrid HMM/ANN and MULTI-BAND speech recognition technologies, in the context of the EC HIMARNNET, SPRACH, STRUT, THISL, and RESPITE projects. In 1997, he left TCTS Lab to become the manager of IDIAP, Martigny, Switzerland. He is also a professor at EFPL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne).


Baris BOZKURT

Baris Bozkurt holds an electrical engineering degree(Bogazici Unv, 1997), and MSc degree (Bogazici Unv, 2000). He was a PhD student in FPMs since September 2000 (supervisor : Thierry Dutoit) and obtained his PhD degree in 2005. His research focused on signal processing algorithms for Text-to-speech synthesis. He also managed the Mbrola Project.


Sandrine BROGNAUX


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Thierry CASTERMANS


Leila CHEBOUB

Leila Cheboub worked in the Speech Recognition Research Group, from 1998 to 1999. She mainly studied speaker adaptation, using HMM/ANN recognition techniques. In 1999, she joigned ?.


Jeremie CHEVALIER


Vincent COLOTTE


Mathieu COTEROT


Florence COULON

Florence Coulon worked in the Speech Coding Research Group, from 1998 to 1999.
She focused on JAVA implementation of speech coding algoruthms.
She is now with Europay, S.A.


Laurent COUVREUR

Laurent Couvreur holds an Engineering degree (Ir) from Faculté Polytechnique de Mons. His research interests are statistical signal processing, audio signal processing, machine learning and software engineering, with an orientation to speech recognition.


Louis-Marie CROISEZ

Louis-Marie Croisez worked in the Man-Machine Interface Research Group, from 1998 to 2000.
He mostly worked on the Intelligent Telephony Server project.
He is now with ?


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Nicolas D'ALESSANDRO

Nicolas d'Alessandro holds an Electrical Engineering degree from the FPMs since 2004. He did his master's thesis in the Faculy of Music of the University of Montreal (supervisor: Caroline Traube). That work gathered the development of an application based on perceptual analogies between guitar sounds and voice sounds, and a study of mapping possibilities between gestures and speech production models. He obained is PhD thesis in the TCTS Lab of the FPMs (supervisor: Thierry Dutoit) on Real-time and Accurate Musical Control of Expressivity in Sound Synthesis. He was in charge of the MaxMBROLA project. Nicolas is also member of the SIMILAR european network, and member of the LIAM laboratory. You can find details here. As a Postdoc he worked on the project DIVA in the MAGIC Lab. of the University of British Columbia (UBC)


Johan DA LA BONNA

Johan Dalla Bona was a member of the ITS (Intelligent Telephony Services) of TCTS Lab from 1998 to 2000. .


Damien DE VISCH

Damien holds an Electrical Engineering degree from the FPMs since 2002. He took part in the MODIVOC project from November 2003 to June 2004. Currently, he works on the DOMINI project. His main research interests are the implementation and the filling of an Electronic Medical Record using multimodal entries combined with speech recognition.


Justine DECUYPERE

Justine Decuypere holds an Architectural Engineering degree from Faculté Polytechnique de Mons (2008) and a PhD degree in applied sciences from University of Mons (2013). Her PhD thesis was funded by a F.R.S.-FNRS grant and study mesopic lighting conditions in urban environments. She works on a computational model of the retina that simulates vision in mesopic lighting conditions.


Vincent DEFFRENNE

Vincent Deffrenne holds a Human-Machine Communication and Computer Science Engineering (DESS ICHM  - France, 2001) and an European Master in Electrical and Industrial Computing Engineering (IUP Ge2i - France, 2000).
He worked with Multitel a.s.b.l. (June - December 2002) and joined the TCTS lab in January 2003.


Jorge Alberto DEL CARPIO SALINAS

Jorge Del Carpio worked at TCTS Lab on Peruvian Spanish TTS synthesis, from 1987 to 1992.
He graduated as a PhD from Faculté Polytechnique de Mons in 1992.
He is now a professor at University of Lima, Perou


Jonathan DEMEYER

Jonathan Demeyer holds an Electrical Engineering degree from the UCL/FSA since January 2006. He did his master's thesis in the field of signal analyis from both antennas and camera in the Tele laboratory.

He formely worked for the SYPOLE project. His research interest is analysis of vocal pathologies by speech and image processing, in the framework of the ECLIPSE project.


Olivier DEROO

Olivier Deroo was a PhD Student at TCTS Lab from 1996 to 2000. His PhD work was on context-dependent modeling and data fusion applied to speech recognition using HMM/ANN hybrids.


Stéphanie DEVUYST

Stéphanie DEVUYST holds a PhD in Applied Sciences from the Faculty of Engineering (FPMs), University of Mons (UMONS), since 2011. Her research deals with the EEG, EMG, and EOG processing for biomedical applications. Particularly, these are focused on the automatic analysis of sleep. Since 2005, Stéphanie is also a teaching assistant in the TCTS Lab of the FPMs. She takes part to the Circuit Theory and Signal Processing Labs and exercises.


Jean-Francois DIDIER


Aurélien DOR


Thomas DRUGMAN

Thomas Drugman holds an Electrical Engineering degree from the FPMs (2007). His master thesis was performed at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technologies (EPFL) in Lausanne and dealt with audio-visual speech recognition and feature selection. He obtained an FNRS grant for pursuing a PhD thesis about the incorporation of hidden Markov models in voice conversion for speech synthesis.


Thomas DUBUISSON

Thomas Dubuisson holds an Electrical Engineering degree from the FPMs since June 2006. He did his master's thesis in the field of sleep disorders analysis. His research interest is analysis of vocal pathologies by speech and image processing, in the framework of the ECLIPSE project.


Geoffrey DUROU

Geoffrey Durou worked in the Speech Recognition Research Group, from 1997 to 1999.
He mostly investigated text-independent speaker recognition, in collaboration with Ivan Magrin Chagnolleau (then at University of Houston, Texas).
He is now with ?


Matthieu DUVINAGE

As a TIME student, Matthieu Duvinage holds an Electrical Engineering degree from the Faculté Polytechnique of Mons (UMons, Belgium, 2009) and one degree from SUPELEC (France, 2009). His master thesis was performed at the Multitel research center (Mons, Belgium) and dealt with robust low complexity speech recognition using frame dropping based on voicing information and clustering techniques. He also holds a degree of fundamental and applied physics from Paris Sud XI Orsay (France, 2009) and a degree of management science from the School of Management at the University of Louvain (UCLouvain, 2011). His Master thesis in Finance was nominated to the ING Belgian Thesis Award and dealt with proper statistical assessment of intraday trading strategies. In 2010, he obtained an F.R.S-FNRS grant for pursuing a PhD thesis about the development of a lower limb prosthesis driven by a neural command in close partnership with the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). Other main research interests are statistical assessment of saliency modeling techniques and quantitative finance. He received his PhD in 2014.


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Anders ECKERSAND

Anders Eckersand holds a Computer Science Engineering degree from LTH, Lund, Sweden (2000). His research interests are in automatic speech recognition, currently working on automatic transcription generation for use in speech recognition in the project MULG2P.


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Yohann FABRE


Silvio FERREIRA


Silvio Ferreira holds electrical engineering degrees from both FPMs and Supélec.
His research interests concern image processing, data fusion, RF-ID and CEP technologies. He has been working in the following projects : INITIATIVE project of Region Wallonne SYPOLE , WIST project of Region Wallonne MAIS and recent First Spin-Off project of Region Wallonne CEXTRA.


Vincent FONTAINE

Vincent Fontaine worked in the Speech Recognition Research Group, from 1992 to 1998. He mainly studied front-end analysis of speech, and took part in the EC HIMARNNET, SPRACH and STRUT projects. He also worked on software engineering problems, and co-designed the Object Oriented Block Processing model. In 1997, he co-founded Babel Technologies, s.a, where he now is the CEO.


Christian FRISSON

Christian Frisson graduated a MSc. in "Art, Science, Technology (AST)" from Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (INPG) and the Association for the Creation and Research on Expression Tools (ACROE), France, in 2006. In February 2015, he obtained his PhD degree with Professors Thierry Dutoit (UMons/TCTS) and Jean Vanderdonckt (UCLouvain-ISYS). He has been a fulltime contributor to the numediart Institute since 2008 and a core developer of the MediaCycle framework for browsing media content by similarity since 2010.

In June 2016, he moved to work at Inria Lille, Mjolnir team, on Human-Computer Interaction within the H2020 EU project HAPPINESS.


François FUSTIN

François Fustin was a member of the ITS (Intelligent Telephony Services) of TCTS Lab from 1998 to 2000. .


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Vincent GAUDISSART

Vincent Gaudissart holds an electrical engineering from the Faculté Polytechnique de Mons (FPMs) since june 2003. His research interests concern image processing on embedded systems. He works currently in the Image Processing Group on the Sypole project. His main aim is to provide a text reading assistant easy to use for blind people and adapted to the PDA (handheld computers) constraints.


Franck GAULTIER

Franck Gaultier holds a PhD degree on Coordination, Middleware and Multi-Agent Systems (école des Mines de Saint-Etienne, 2004). He is currently working on the middleware aspects of the F3M project.


Ann GILMAN

Ann Gilman worked in the Speech Synthesis Research Group, from 1997 to 1998. She worked on various NLP tasks, in connecton with the Festival TTS engine.


Nicolas GUICHARD


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Julien HAMAIDE

Julien Hamaide graduated from FPMs in 2003. His Master's thesis was on hiding symbolic information in music, using spread spectrum coding and psychoacoustics.
He worked on medical imaging and video processing until 2005. He is now with ACIC s.a., a Multitel spin-off.


Hongyang HE


Sébastien HENROTIN


Sarah HOUARD

Sarah Houard worked in the Speech Coding Research Group, from 1998 to 1999.
She focused on Interpolation Techniques and Music Coding.
She is now with Belgacom.


Laurent HUBAUT

Laurent Hubaut worked in the Speech Coding Research Group, from 1997 to 1999.
He focused on Speech and Music Coding and co-designed the TCTS Coding Toolkit.
He is now with Babel Technologies, s.a.


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Emmanuel JEAN


Quentin JEHAES


Matthieu JOTTRAND

Matthieu holds an Electrical Engineering degree from the FPMs since June 2005. He did his master's thesis in the Image Coding Group of Linköping Institute of Technology in Sweden (supervisor : Jörgen Ahlberg). He worked in the ASR group and on the IRMA project.


He JUN

He Jun was a post-graduate student at TCTS Lab from 1990 to 1993, where she worked on continuous speech recognition. After her PhD graduation, she went to Canada with her husband (Gao Yang).


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Kimcheng KITH


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Fabien LAVIGNE


Stéphane LETHEUX


Flavien LIEGEOIS

Flavien holds an Optronics Engineering degree from ENSSAT in France (Brittany) since 2001. He takes part to the project LASEF since september 2004. His main research interests are the development of high power narrow linewidth fiber laser and prototyping development.


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Sidi MAHMOUDI


Fabrice MALFRERE

Fabrice Malfrere worked in the Speech Synthesis Research Group, from 1996 to 1999.
He mostly worked on the intonation modeling and synthesis and designed the copus based intonation module of the EULER TTS system.
He is now with Babel Technologies, s.a.


Céline MANCAS-THILLOU

Céline MANCAS-THILLOU holds a PhD in Applied Sciences (FPMs, 2006) and two Master degrees, in Audiovisual Systems and Networks Engineering (ESIGETEL, 2002) and in Applied Sciences (FPMs, 2004). She is working with the TCTS Lab since January 2003 and is collaborating with the research center Multitel. Her research deals with text detection, extraction, segmentation and degraded character recognition, first in SYPOLE project and now in several projects, among RECITE. She has been a visiting PhD student at the University of Bristol for 3 months in 2005 to work on Super Resolution Text for an embedded application. She is also a member of the network of excellence Similar and OpenInterface Foundation. Nowadays Céline works in the Administration division of research and technology transfer of the University of Mons.


Bengi Pasi MASATA

Bengi Pasi worked at TCTS Lab from 1986 to 1995. He obtained a PhD in 1991, on the estimation of fundamental frequency in speech. He is now a professor at University of Kinshasa, Congo.


Marc MASSAR


François MEERS


Erhan MENGUSOGLU

Erhan Mengusoglu holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering (1995) and a M.S. degree (1999) from Hacettepe University, Turkey. He obtained his PhD at FPMs in may 2004. He's thesis work consisted in exploring different kind of confidence measures that can be applied to speech and speaker recognition. Currently he is an assistant at the Hacettepe University, Turkey.


Daniel MIGEOTTE

Daniel Migeotte worked in the L&H speech coding group hosted at TCTS Lab from 1992 to 1994.
He was with Lernout and Hauspie, until 2001, and recently joigned Babel Technologies, s.a. .


Anderson MILLS

Dr. J. Anderson Mills III holds a Computer Engineering degree (1992) from Clemson University (USA). He received his master's degree (1997, supervisor: Donald E. Thompson) from The Pennsylvania State University (USA) in Acoustics with a thesis on noise prediction for jet engines. He received a doctorate (2008, supervisor: Elmer L. Hixson) from The University of Texas (USA) in Electrical Engineering with a dissertation on algorithmic analysis of electroacoustic music using psychoacoustic models. Dr. Mills joined Numediart at the TCTS lab in 2009 with current interests in sound analysis, computer music, social DSP, dance analysis, and musician-instrument interaction.


Alexis MOINET

Alexis Moinet holds a Bachelor's (2002) and a Master's (2005) degrees in Electrical Engineering from the FPMs as well as a PhD in applied sciences from the University of Mons (2013). He did his master's thesis at the T.J. Watson Research Center of IBM.

His PhD thesis focuses on new methods for time-stretching of audio generated during sports events. This enables viewers to watch slow-motion videos with synchronous time-stretched quality-preserved sound in order to improve the feeling of immersion. It was supported by a public-private partnership between University of Mons and EVS Broadcast Equipment.

He is interested in audio processing, especially speech analysis and synthesis and is a member of the Mage development team.

Alexis joined Amazon as an Applied Scientist in October 2016.


Benoit MOINY


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Sébastien NOEL


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Vincent PAGEL

Vincent Pagel worked in the Speech Synthesis Research Group, from 1996 to 2000.
As our "MBROLA officer", he worked on the MBROLA algorithm (he co-owns the patent on it) and managed the creation of MBROLA databases. He also initiated the MBRDICO Project for multilingual corpus-based phonetization.
He co-founded Babel Technologies, s.a., in 1997.
He is now with Babel Technologies, s.a.


Jean-Yves PARFAIT


Cécile PICARD-LIMPENS

Cécile Picard obtained her Ph.D. in Computer Science at INRIA, France, in the REVES team in December 2009. Her Ph.D. research focused on real-time sound rendering for virtual reality. After receiving her diploma in Mechanical Engineering with specialization in Acoustics in 2005 at the Université de Technologie de Compiègne (UTC), France, she continued in the domain of sound and obtained in 2006 a Msc. in Sound and Vibrations at the Chalmers University in Goteborg, Sweden.


Benjamin PICART

Benjamin Picart graduated as an electrical engineer (Telecoms & Multimedia) in 2009 from the Faculté Polytechnique de Mons (FPMs), Belgium. He performed his Master's Thesis within Idiap Research Institute (EPFL, Switzerland) in the field of Automatic Speech Recognition (February - June 2009). He obtained his PhD degree in Applied Sciences in October 2013, for his research on the analysis and HMM-based synthesis of hypo and hyperarticulated speech. His research interests focus on signal processing theory and its applications to speech processing.


Nicolas PIERRET

Nicolas Pierret worked in the Speech Coding Research Group, from 1996 to 1998.
His work was mainly on speech coding using CELP techniques. He was the main designer of the Speech Coding Toolkit. He also worked on MBROLA database coding (he co-owns the MBROLA patent)
He is now an independent consultant.


Olivier PIETQUIN

Olivier Pietquin obtained an Electrical Engineering degree from FPMs in june 1999. He joined the TCTS Lab. in september 1999 and was firstly involved in the THISL project. In 2001, he has been a visiting researcher at the SPandH Lab. of the University of Sheffield (UK). He obtained his PhD Thesis on speech enabled interfaces with the highest honours in april 2004. Than he focused his researches on spoken dialogue systems and dialogue strategy learning to the Philips Labs. Now he is a Professor in the STS team of the Supelec high school, France.


Bruno PISTONE


Sandrine POUYSEGUR


Aurélie PRUVOST


Antonin PULEO

Antonin Puleo holds an Electrical Engineering degree, specialized in Multimedia and Telecommunications, from the Faculty of Engineering of University of Mons (2014). His master's thesis dealt with integrating a reactive speech synthesizer (MAGE) into a creative programming language (SuperCollider). He started his PhD thesis in September 2014 on the application of machine learning techniques for the real-time following and recognition of interaction gestures captured by ubiquitous and affordable sensors.


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Frédéric QUESNE

Frédéric Quesne was a research assistant at TCTS Lab from 1990 to 1992. He worked mostly on speaker recognition, using Dynamic Time Warping techniques. He is now working as a computer scientist for a governmental agency.


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Jean-François RASAMINJANAHARY

Jean-François Rasaminjanahary worked in the Speech Coding Research Group, from 1985 to 1992.
He initiated work on LPC analysis and synthesis and the speech coding group.
He is now with Lernout and Hauspie.


Jean-Pierre RENARD

Jean-Pierre Renard worked at TCTS Lab from 1987 to 1992. He obtained his PhD in 1992, in the field of perceptual audio coding. In 1993, he joigned Alcatel-ETCA, Charleroi, Belgium, where is now is a manager in the Operations Network and Services Telecommunications Dept.


Pascal REPJUK

Pascal Repjuk worked in the L&H speech coding group hosted at TCTS Lab from 1992 to 1994.
His work focused on porting speech coding algorithms to DSPs.
In 1994 he created CAPFLOW s.a., a company aimed at designing soft- and hardware for artificial vision. He currently is the CEO of this company.


Xavier RICCO

Xavier Ricco was part of the TCTS Lab TTS Group from August 2000 to June 2001. He mainly worked for the development of the W, HOOK, FASTY and EULER projects. He is currently a member of the R&D staff at MULTITEL ASBL and works on the FASTY IST project.


Nicolas RICHE

Nicolas Riche holds a Bachelor’s (2008), a Master’s (2010) and a PhD (2015) degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Mons. His master thesis was performed at the University of Montreal and dealt with automatic analysis of the articulatory parameters for the production of piano timbre. He obtained a FRIA grant for pursuing a PhD thesis about the implementation of a model of visual attention. More details on Computational Attention can be found on this dedicated page. He defended his PhD thesis in applied sciences at the University of Mons on November 04, 2015. From September 2012 to June 2015, he also acquired a master’s degree in management at the Louvain School of Management.

Since 2013, he has been teaching practical classes on signal processing (biomedical and audio signals) at University of Mons as well as at Marie Haps Institute, and took part in Creactifs Pure Data courses at the Numediart Institute for creative technologies of the University of Mons. He is interested in using his skills in signal processing and computer vision to pursue his research as well as applying them to more applied domains (financial products).

He started a new job at ING bank in 2016.


Christophe RIS

Christophe Ris holds an electrical engineering from the Faculté Polytechnique de Mons (1993). From 1993 to 2010, he has been a researcher in the speech processing lab of FPMs in the field of automatic speech recognition.


Sophie ROEKHAUT


Fabien ROGISTER

My previous field of research was devoted to laser physics and dynamics of nonlinear systems. I have carried my investigations mainly at the Telecom. Dept. of F.P.Ms, but also during research stays at the University of Maryland and the University of Lille. I have also taught optoelectronics, laser technologies and nonlinear optics at the University of Rennes.
Since May 2006, I am working at the T.C.T.S. laboratory in the frame of a project named TANIA funded by the Walloon region. This project mixes biomedical signal processing, theory of control and data mining. We collaborate with the Machine Learning Group of the Free University of Brussels and several Belgian University Hospitals (Erasme Hospital - Free University of Brussels, CHU of Liège University, CHU Saint Luc - UCL) and MEXYS S.A.


Alain RUELLE

Alain Ruelle was part of the TCTS Lab TTS Group from 1996 to 2000. His programming expertise was a major advantage for the development of the MBROLA, MBROLIGN, and EULER projects. He is currently a member of the R&D staff of the TTS group at MULTITEL ASBL .


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Nicolas SAID


Raphael SEBBE

Raphael Sebbe holds electrical engineering degrees from both FPMs and Supélec. Raphael has worked on speech and image-related technologies and software development.
His research interests are signal and, in particular, image processing. While in TCTS Lab. Raphael obtained a PhD in the field of medical image processing.


Amir A. SEPEHRI

Amir Sepehri worked at TCTS Lab from 1987 to 1992, where he obtained a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering, in the area of digital filtering. He is now a professor at University of Tehran, Iran.


François SEVERIN

François holds electrical engineering degrees from both FPMs and Supélec since 2003. His Master's thesis concerned a denoising technique in the automatic speech recognition field. François worked on voice quality effects, in the VOQUAL Research Group, with specific attention to source-tract separation, and speech dynamics.


Jean-François SIMON


Alexandre SOKOLOW


Clément STRAUSS


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Damien TARDIEU


Bertrand TIBERGHIEN


Todor TODOROFF


Xavier TOUBEAU

Xavier works with the MULTITEL Text-To-Speech research group. He focuses on the development on corpus-based speech synthesis techniques.


Nawfal TOUNSI

Nawfal Tounsi worked in the Speech Synthesis Research Group, from 1998 to 2000.
He mostly worked on the W project, and designed the EULER Arabic TTS system.
He is now with Babel Technologies, s.a.


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Devrim UNAY

Devrim Unay holds an electrical and electronics engineering degree (1999) and a master of science degree in biomedical engineering (2001) both from Bogazici University, Turkey. He obtained his PhD degree from FPMs in June 2006 by the work "Multispectral Image Processing and Pattern Recognition Techniques for Quality Grading of Apple Fruits" performed under the supervision of B. Gosselin.
His research interests are image processing, pattern recognition and classification. He worked in the MAIS project, while he was engaged to the CAPA project previously.


Jérôme URBAIN

Jerome Urbain holds an electrical Engineering degree from FPMs (2006). He did his master's thesis at Lehigh University (USA) in the field of sleep study.

He obtained a PhD degree in 2014 for his thesis on acoustic laughter processing (modeling, characterization, synthesis), in the framework of the CALLAS and ILHAIRE projects.


Gabriel URBAIN


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Olivier VAN DER VREKEN

Olivier van der Vrecken headed the Speech Coding Research Group, from 1996 to 2000.
He worked on Speech and Music Coding and co-designed the TCTS Coding Toolkit.
He co-founded Babel Technologies, s.a., and was its president until 2000.
He is now with Siemens-ATEA, s.a.


Robby VERHELST


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Li Ping WANG

Li Ping Wang was a post-graduate student at TCTS Lab from 1989 to 1993, where she worked on speaker-dependent speech recognition.
She is now a professor at ISIEM, Mons, Belgium.


Bruno WERY

Bruno Wéry worked worked in the SAIT Electonics speech coding group hosted at TCTS Lab from 1988 to 1992.
He implemented Multi-Band speech analysis and synthesis systems, and ported them on TI DSPs.
He is now with ?.


Alfred WIESEN

Alfred Wiesen worked in the L&H speech coding group hosted at TCTS Lab from 1992 to 1994.
He is now with Lernout and Hauspie, managing the Belgian branch of the SDK group, responsible for developing ASR and TTS Software Development Kits for the multimedia and telephony markets.


Geoffrey WILFART

Geoffrey Wilfart obtained a Communication Systems engineering degree from ENSTBr (Ecole Nationale Supérieures de Télécommunications de Bretagne, Brest, France) and from Eurecom Institute (Sophia Antipolis, France), in 2000. He has worked on several projects for Lernout & Hauspie and Multitel ASBL before joining the TCTS Lab in february 2003.


Pascale WOODRUFF

Pascale holds an electrical engineering degree from FPMs since june 2004. She worked on the project F3M which aims to improve the workflow in industrial maintenance by equiping technicians with a mutimodal wearable system allowing them to access maintenance information using speech and/or other modalities.


Dominique WYNSBERGHE

D. Wynsberghe takes part to the Circuit Theory and Signal Processing Labs and exercises. She is also responsible for the e-learning activities of the lab.
Her research interest is in speech analysis and synthesis, and most particularly in prosody perception.


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Gao YANG

Gao Yang was a post-graduate student at TCTS Lab from 1989 to 1993, with a research grant from Lernout and Hauspie. He mostly worked on CELP-based speech coding. After his PhD graduation, we went to Canada to continue his research under the leading of Prof. Cupperman.
He is now in California, working for an American speech company.


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François ZAJÉGA

François Zajéga is a visual artist mainly interested in video analysis, visualisation and interfaces. He has studied infography in Saint-Luc, Bruxelles.


Georges ZANELLATO

Georges Zanellato worked at TCTS Lab from 1986 to 1992. He obtained a PhD in 1990, in the field of speech recognition. In 1992, he joigned Analog Devices, Paris. He later came back to Belgium and created the Speech Coding Group at Lernout and Hauspie, where he occupied several managing positions.


Laurent ZANONI

Laurent Zanoni worked in the Speech Recognition Research Group, from 1996 to 1998. He specialized in developing robust code for Windows-based ASR systems, and quickly became a reference developer in the group, and in the whole lab. In 1998, he joinged Babel Technologies, s.a, where he now is a senior developer.


 

Former visiting scientists :
Arry Akhmad ARMAN

Arry Akhmad Arman Arry Akhmad Arman spent 3 months at TCTS Lab in 2000, as a visiting professor from University of Bandung, Indonesia. He designed an Indonesian voice for MBROLA, and worked on Indonesian phonetization and prosody generation. He is now back to Bandung.


ZAKIA HAMMAL


Özlem OZTÜRK

Özlem ÖZTÜRK worked in the Speech Synthesis Research Group for 2 months at MULTITEL in 2002. She is a research assistant in Dokuz Eylül University and a PhD student in Middle East Technical University. She worked mainly on the development of database design based on the condensation of a large textual corpus and its application to the development of a Turkish diphone database. To enrich the acoustic properties of the designed database, she developed a stress assignment algorithm for Turkish.


 

Former students:
Nicolas BRIX


Malorie CHARLIER


Aurélie CHARLIER


Claudia CITTA

In the framework of the interuniversity DEC2 in Language Engineering organized by UCL, FPMs, ULG, and FUNdP, Claudia Citta spent 10 weeks at TCTS Lab in 2000, working on speech analysis and on italian speech synthesis. She designed the it1 and it2 Italian MBROLA voices.
She is now with MOBISTAR.


Maxime DENTI


Arash GHAREHBAGHI


Jean-Baptiste HANNICHE

In the framework of his Telecommunication Engineering Degree at ENIC TELECOM LILLE 1 and Master in International Management at the USTL, Jean-Baptiste Hanniche spent 6 months at TCTS Lab in 2003 after having worked with France Telecom and the French Ministry of Justice as a technicien. He participated to the MODIVOC project and worked on fixed-point programming for the ASR group.


Makiese MIBULUMUKINI

Makiese Mibulumukini holds an engineer degree on Microelectronics systems for Telecommunications and Industrial Computing from FST Fès (Morocco) since July 2011. The subject of his Master thesis was the development of a robust facial recognition system. His researches are based on biologically inspired algorithms and neuropsychological models.

In November 2011, Makiese Mibulumukini started a PhD thesis at UMons in the field of visual attention, especially on Top-down axis. He did his research in visual attention during 3 years and he left the lab for working in personal project in live webcasting.

More details on Computational Attention can be found on this dedicated page. Part of this research is done for artisitic purposes within the numediart institute.


Valentin PARFAIT


Sophie ROCCA

In the framework of her graduate studies in Electrical Engineering at ENSERG, Grenoble, Sophie Rocca spent 3 months at TCTS Lab in 2000, working on speech synthesis. She designed a MATLAB interface to the MBROLIZER (our MBROLA database analysis-resynthesis system). She is now with University of Southampton, England.


Mélanie ROLAND

In the framework of her post-graduate studies in Language Engineering (DEC2), Mélanie Roland spent 6 weeks at TCTS Lab in 2001, working on n-gram tagging. She is now with dBSCAPE, Waterloo, Be.


Anne WARLUS

In the framework of the interuniversity DEC2 in Language Engineering organized by UCL, FPMs, ULG, and FUNdP, Anne Warlus spent 6 weeks at TCTS Lab in 2000, working on Cross-language speech synthesis.
She is now with ARIANE II s.a., Brussels.



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