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Research Interests

Speech intelligibility enhancement
Perceptually-motivated signal processing
Computational modelling of speech perception in noise
Speech perception and production in non-ideal listening conditions
Blind source separation
Robust automatic speech recognition

Professional Information

My current research focuses on speech technologies such as speech intelligibility enhancement in adverse listening conditions, computational modelling of speech perception in noise and perceptually-motivated context-sensitive speech modification algorithms. My research interests also include speech perception and production in noise, psychoacoustics, source separation, and robust automatic speech recognition.


Ph.D., Applied Linguistics (Computational Speech and Hearing), Universidad del País Vasco, Spain, 2014
MSc, Software Systems and Internet Technology with Distinction, University of Sheffield, UK, 2008
MSc, Environmental Chemistry, Sichuan University, China, 2007
BSc, Environmental Engineering, Chengdu University of Technology, China, 2004


LING 490 - Special topic: Fundamentals of Digital Signal Processing
LING 506 - Special topic: Introductory Machine Learning
LING 402 - Tools and Techniques for Speech and Language Processing

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707 S Mathews Ave
4023 FLB
707 S Mathews
M/C 168
Urbana, IL 61801

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Research Output

  • 12 Article
  • 7 Paper
  • 6 Conference article
  • 4 Conference contribution

Background Adaptation for Improved Listening Experience in Broadcasting

Tang, Y., Cox, T. J., Fazenda, B. M., Liu, Q. & Wang, W., May 2019, 2019 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2019 - Proceedings. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., p. 8008-8012 5 p. 8682687. (ICASSP, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing - Proceedings; vol. 2019-May).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • A framework for intelligent metadata adaptation in object-based audio

    Woodcock, J., Francombe, J., Franck, A., Coleman, P., Hughes, R., Kim, H., Liu, Q., Menzies, D., Simón Gálvez, M. F., Tang, Y., Brookes, T., Davies, W. J., Fazenda, B. M., Mason, R., Cox, T. J., Fazi, F. M., Jackson, P. J. B., Pike, C. & Hilton, A., Jan 1 2018, AES International Conference on Spatial Reproduction 2018: Aesthetics and Science. Audio Engineering Society, p. 349-359 11 p. (Proceedings of the AES International Conference).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • An Audio-Visual System for Object-Based Audio: From Recording to Listening

    Coleman, P., Franck, A., Francombe, J., Liu, Q., De Campos, T., Hughes, R. J., Menzies, D., Galvez, M. F. S., Tang, Y., Woodcock, J., Jackson, P. J. B., Melchior, F., Pike, C., Fazi, F. M., Cox, T. J. & Hilton, A., Aug 2018, In : IEEE Transactions on Multimedia. 20, 8, p. 1919-1931 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • A non-intrusive method for estimating binaural speech intelligibility from noise-corrupted signals captured by a pair of microphones

    Tang, Y., Liu, Q., Wang, W. & Cox, T. J., Feb 2018, In : Speech Communication. 96, p. 116-128 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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