Isabel Trancoso

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Isabel Trancoso is a full professor at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST, Univ. Lisbon), and the former President of the Scientific Council of INESC ID Lisbon. She got her PhD in ECE from IST in 1987. She chaired the ECE Department of IST. She was Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Speech and Audio Processing and had many leadership roles in SPS (Signal Processing Society of IEEE) and ISCA (International Speech Communication Association), namely having been President of ISCA and Chair of the Fellow Evaluation Committees of both SPS and ISCA. She was elevated to IEEE Fellow in 2011, and to ISCA Fellow in 2014.

Research Interests

She launched the speech processing group of INESC-ID, later restructured as L2F/HLT. Her first research topic was medium-to-low bit rate speech coding. From October 1984 through June 1985, she worked on this topic at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey. After her PhD, her research focus shifted to speech synthesis and recognition, with a special emphasis on tools and resources for the Portuguese language. Her current research scope is much broader, encompassing many areas in spoken language processing. Her recent PhD advising activities cover microblog translation, lexical and prosodic entrainment in spoken dialogues, disfluency detection in spontaneous speech, and conversation quality evaluation. She has a particular interest in speech as a health biomarker and privacy preserving speech processing. Her formal retirement (from teaching) in October 2022 did not affect in any way her passion for speech and language research.

Academic Activities (at IST)

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  • Member of the School Assembly (2021-2022)
  • Member of the Scientific Council (2017-2020)
  • Member of the School Council (2013-2014)
  • Postgraduate Course: Advanced Spoken Language Processing Seminar
  • Graduate Course: Speech Processing
  • Former Coordinator of EEC Undergraduate and Postgraduate Curriculum

Editorial Activities

  • Member of the Editorial Board of the IEEE Proceedings (2020-2023)
  • Member of the Senior Editorial Board of the Journal of Selected Topics on Signal Processing (2020-)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Signal Processing Magazine (2012-2017)
  • Guest Editor of the Special Issue on Deep Learning for Multi-modal Intelligence across Speech, Language, Vision, and Heterogeneous Signals for the Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing, 2020
  • Guest Editor of the Special Issue on Spoofing and Countermeasures for Automatic Speaker Verification for the Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing, 2017
  • Guest Editor of IEEE/ACM T-ASL Special Issue on Continuous Space and Related Methods in NLP, March 2015
  • Guest Editor of Special Issue of the Speech Communication journal on Iberian Languages, November-December 2008

Conference Organization

  • ICASSP 2025 - IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, Hyderabad, India, April 2025 (Technical Program Co-Chair)
  • Interspeech 2024 - Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, Jerusalem, Israel, October 2024 (Tutorial Committee Chair)
  • Satellite Workshop on [2] Trustworthy Speech Processing, @ICASSP 2024 (Organizer)
  • ASRU 2021 - IEEE Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding Workshop, Cartagena, Colombia, December 2021 (Technical Program Co-Chair)
  • Speech as PII - Workshop on Speech as Personal Identifiable Information, Lorentz Center, The Netherlands, November 2021 (Organizer)
  • ICASSP 2020 - IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, Barcelona, Spain, May 2020 (Plenary Sessions Co-Chair)
  • EMNLP2015 - Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing, Lisbon, Portugal, September 2015 (Local Publicity Chair)
  • ICASSP 2011 - International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, Prague, Czech Republic, May 2011 (Special Sessions co-Chair)
  • SLT 2010 - IEEE Workshop on Spoken Language Technology, Berkeley, California, USA, December 2010 (Technical co-Chair)
  • ASRU 2009 - IEEE Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding Workshop, Merano, Italy, December 2009 (Publicity co-Chair)
  • Interspeech 2005 - Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, Lisbon, Portugal, September 2005 (Chair)

Other Activities

  • Chair of the ISCA Fellow Selection Committee (2019-2020)
  • Chair of the ISCA Distinguished Lecturers Selection Committee (2014-2016)
  • Member of the ISCA Advisory Council (2012-)
  • Chair of the IEEE Fellow Ad Hoc Committee on Society/Technical Council Fellow Evaluating Committees (2019-2020)
  • Chair of the Fellow Evaluation Committee of the IEEE Signal Processing Society (2017-2019)
  • Member of the IEEE Fellows Committee (2014-2016, 2021-2022)
  • Vice-Chair of the IEEE Fellows Committee (2023)
  • Chair of the IEEE Fellows Committee (2024)
  • Member of the IEEE Publication Services and Products Board Strategic Planning Committee (2014-2016, 2021-2023)
  • Member of IEEE PRAC - Periodicals Review and Advisory Committee (2022-2024)
  • Member of IEEE Conferences Committee (2021)
  • Chair of the IEEE James Flanagan Award Committee (2013-2014)
  • Member of the Fellow Evaluation Committee of the IEEE Signal Processing Society (2012-2013)

Total Publications: 406

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  • High Quality Speech Coding at Medium-to-Low Bit Rates
    Isabel Trancoso, Instituto Superior Técnico, Thesis, July 1987
  • Introdução à Criptografia de Dados
    Isabel Trancoso, Instituto Superior Técnico, Thesis, April 1984

 

Total Supervisions: 78

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Total Projects: 33

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