Frederick Jelinek

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Dr. Frederick Jelinek, director of the Center for Language & Speech Processing and Julian S. Smith Professor of Electrical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, is hailed by his contemporaries as one of the fathers of modern speech and language processing.His pioneering statistical methods form the foundation for nearly all of today's state-of-the-art speech recognition technology. Dr. Jelinek shaped several major concepts in lexical language modeling and was a leading force behind "tree banking," a method for automating the ability to measure parsing quality.

His research workshops have made significant contributions to the pool of trained specialists in the fields of speech and natural language processing. An IEEE Fellow, he is author of "Statistical Methods for Speech Recognition," and "Probabilistic Information Theory." Dr. Jelinek's many honors include the IEEE Signal Processing Society's Society Award and the IEEE Information Theory Society's Golden Jubilee Paper Award.