Alberto Abad Gareta


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Alberto Abad obtained the Telecommunication Engineering degree and the PhD degree on 2002 and 2007 respectively, both from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC). Currently, he is an Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (DEI) of Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) and researcher at INESC-ID. He is the coordinator of the Human LanguageTechnologies laboratory (HLT) at INESC-ID and the deputy coordinator of the Master in Computer Science and Engineering of IST. He is also an IEEE Senior member, an ACM member, and an ISCA member.

Alberto Abad has developed his research career in the area of human language technologies for more than 15 years. His research interests include robust speech recognition, speaker and language characterization, applied machine learning, health-care applications, and privacy-preserving speech processing. During these years, Alberto Abad has co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications in top-tier conferences and scientific journals of the field. He has been Principal Investigator of FCT funded project VITHEA and INESC-ID representative in the DIRHA European project, Biovisualspeech CMU-Portugal project, and TAPAS ITN. He is currently INESC-ID/IST PI at project. He has also been team member in various Spanish and Portuguese national and international projects, and team leader in international technological evaluation challenges achieving excellent results. He has supervised and co-supervised more than 25 M.Sc. thesis and 1 Ph.D. thesis (+5 on-going) and lectured in courses at both UPC and IST on a variety of topics, including signal processing, machine learning, programming principles, object oriented programming and compilers. Alberto Abad has been actively involved in research community activities, including conference organization, and closely collaborated with local industry and start-up companies.

Research Interests

  • Multi-microphone processing
  • Robust Speech Recognition
  • Speaker and language characterization
  • Speech and language technology for health-care applications
  • Privacy-preserving speech processing


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Total Publications: 131

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  • Privacy in Paralinguistic and Extralinguistic Tasks for Health Applications
    Francisco Teixeira, Alberto Abad, Isabel Trancoso, Bhiksha Raj,
    Voice Biometrics: Technology, Trust and Security, The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), October 2021
  • The L2F Broadcast News Transcription System
    Alberto Abad,
    Applications of Speech Technologies. Talks and contributions presented at the summer course: Applications of Speech Technologies (Eds.: Benitez-Ortúzar, M.C.; Perez-Cordoba, J.L.), Ed. Universidad de Granada, January 2013

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Total Supervisions: 41

Doctoral Theses

  • Deep unsupervised learning for low-resource automatic speech recognition
    Carlos Manuel Ferreira Carvalho
    Alberto Abad (advisor),
    Doctoral Thesis (before Bologna), Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, 2021-10-01 - Ongoing
  • Speech as a biomarker for speech affecting diseases
    Catarina Botelho
    Isabel Trancoso (advisor), Alberto Abad (coadvisor)
    Doctoral Thesis, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, 2019-10-01 - Ongoing
  • Privacy-preserving machine learning for speech
    Francisco Teixeira
    Isabel Trancoso (advisor), Alberto Abad (coadvisor)
    Doctoral Thesis, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, 2019-05-01 - Ongoing
  • Contributions to speech processing for children with speech disorders
    Thomas Rolland
    Alberto Abad (advisor),
    Doctoral Thesis, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, 2018-09-01 - Ongoing
  • Prosody Assessment for Computer Assisted Therapy and Language Learning
    Mariana Julião
    Alberto Abad (advisor), Helena Moniz (coadvisor)
    Doctoral Thesis, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, 2018-09-01 - Ongoing
  • Speech and language technologies applied to diagnostics and therapy of brain diseases
    Anna Maria Pompili
    Alberto Abad (advisor), Isabel P. Martins (coadvisor)
    Doctoral Thesis, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, 2014-03-01 - 2019-12-01

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Total Projects: 15

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  • ViaVerde - Consultodoria Via Verde Serviços AS
    INESC-ID Lisboa, Via Verde Serviços SA, , 2019-06-01 - 2019-12-31