Thomas Drugman
PhD - FNRS research Fellow

Faculty of Engineering, Mons
Circuit Theory and Signal Processing Division

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I hold an Electrical and Electronics Engineering degree (FPMs, 2007) and PhD degree (FPMs, 2011).
My master thesis was performed at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technologies (EPFL) in Lausanne and dealt with audio-visual speech recognition and feature selection.
I obtained a FNRS grant for pursuing my PhD thesis (2007-2011). The thematic of my thesis concerned glottal analysis and its usefullness in speech processing, with applications such as speech synthesis, voice pathology detection, speaker recognition, or expressive speech analysis. I then became a post-doc at the University of Mons.

I wrote or co-wrote about 85 international scientific publications.
I also hold a patent on speech synthesis and coding methods.
I received the IBM Belgian award 2012 for best PhD thesis in Informatics.
I was awarded by ISCA for Best Student Paper at the Interspeech 2009 conference. I was also among the finalists for the Best Student Paper at the Eusipco 2008 conference. One of the works I supervised was awarded Best Student Paper at Interspeech 2014.
One of my article was recognized by ScienceDirect as one of the Top 25 papers published in Computer Speech and Language in 2012.

I was an invited researcher at the Izmir Institute of Technology (Jun-Jul 09) and at the University of California Los Angeles (Apr-Jun 10).
I am a guest editor for the Computer Speech and Language journal (Elsevier - 2013-2014).
I am also a reviewer for the IEEE Trans. on Audio, Speech and Language Processing Journal, the IEEE Signal Processing Letters, the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, the Speech Communication Journal, the Computer Speech and Language Journal, the Digital Signal Processing Journal, the Cognitive Computation Journal, the EURASIP Journal on Audio, Speech and Music Processing, the International Journal of Speech Technology, the Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments, IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in BioMedicine, Computers in Biology and Medecine, Transactions on Accessible Computing, as well as the ICASSP, Interspeech, EUSIPCO, ASRU, Speech Synthesis Workshop and NOLISP conferences.

I am a scientific expert for the evaluation of projects for the European Commission.
I am also the organizer of a special session at the Interspeech 2012 conference (Portland, Oregon) and general chairman of the Non-Linear Speech Processing (NOLISP2013) workshop.

I have joined Amazon as a speech scientist from September 2014.

I am the husband of a wonderful wife since May 2013 and father of a lovely daughter since April 2014 :-)

Research interests

  • Speech analysis
  • Speech synthesis
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Music signal processing

Department of Electrical Engineering Circuit Theory and Signal Processing Division