Prof. MENG, Mei Ling Helen 蒙 美 玲 教授

Chairman & Professor
SB,SM,PhD (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) 

Research Interests :
 *  Big Data Decision Analytics

 *  Multilingual Speech and Language Processing
 *  Multibiometric Authentication
 *  Multimedia Content Retrieval
 *  Multimodal Human-Computer Interactions

Office :  Room 609B, William M.W. Mong
              Engineering Building
Tel      :  3943-8316, 3943-8327

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Helen Meng is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She received all her degrees from MIT and joined CUHK in 1998. She is the Founding Director of the Microsoft-CUHK Joint Laboratory for Human-Centric Computing and Interface Technologies in 2005, which has been recognized as a Ministry of Education of China (MoE) Key Laboratory since 2008. In 2006, she founded the Tsinghua-CUHK Joint Research Centre for Media Sciences, Technologies and Systems and has served as its Director. In 2013, she helped establish the CUHK Stanley Ho Big Data Decision Analytics Research Center and serves as its Founding Director. She served as former Associate Dean (Research) of Engineering (2006-2010).
Helen’s professional services include former Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing, and a member of the IEEE Board of Governors. She has served in the review panels of the Swedish Research Council European Research Infrastructure Initiative, and the National Centres of Competence in Research of the Swiss National Science Foundation. She is a member of the HKSAR Government’s Steering Committee on eHealth Record Sharing, Convenor of the Engineering Panel HKSAR Government’s Competitive Research Funding Schemes for the Self-financing Degree Sector, member of the Hong Kong/Guangdong ICT Expert Committee and Coordinator of the Working Group on Big Data Research and Applications, Council membership of the Hong Kong Productivity Council and the Open University of Hong Kong, member of the Research Grants Council, former member of the HKSAR Government’s Digital 21 Strategy Advisory Committee, and Chairlady of the Working Party of the Manpower Survey of the Information Technology Sector (undertaken by the Hong Kong Census and Statistics Department) for both 2014-2015 and 2015-2016.
Helen received the Ministry of Education Higher Education Outstanding Scientific Research Output Award in Technological Advancements in 2009. She has also received CUHK’s Faculty of Engineering Exemplary Teaching Award, Young Researcher Award, and Service Award in previous years. She was elected Distinguished Lecturer of the International Speech Communication Association (2015-2016) and inaugural Distinguished Lecturer of APSIPA (2012). In 2015, Helen received Hong Kong Computer Society’s Inaugural Outstanding ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) Woman Professional Award. In 2016, Microsoft Research’s Outstanding Collaborator Award 2016 (one of 32 academics worldwide), IBM Faculty Award 2016, as well as the ICME Best Paper Award. Helen is a Fellow of the  Hong Kong Computer Society, Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, IEEE and ISCA.

Selected Publications

Lifa Sun, Kun Li, Hao Wang, Shiyin Kang and Helen Meng, “Phonetic Posteriorgrams for Many-to-one Voice Conversion without Parallel Data Training”, Proc. IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo 2016. (Best Paper Award)
Hao Wang, Peggy Mok and Helen Meng, “Capitalizing on Musical Rhythm for Prosodic Training in Computer-Aided Language Learning”, Computer Speech and Language, 2016. 
Quanjie Yu, Peng Liu, Zhiyong Wu, Shiyin Kang, Helen Meng, Lianhong Cai, “Learning Cross-lingual Information with Multilingual BLSTM for Speech Synthesis of Low-resource Languages”, Proc. IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP), 2016.
Yaodong Tang, Yuchen Huang, Zhiyong Wu, Helen Meng, Mingxing Xu, Lianhong Cai, “Question Detection from Acoustic Features using Recurrent Neural Network with Gated Recurrent Unit”, Proc. IEEE ICASSP 2016.
Xinyu Lan, Xu Li, Yishuang Ning, Zhiyong Wu, Helen Meng, Jia Jia, Lianhong Cai, “Low Level Descriptors based DBLSTM Bottleneck Feature for Speech Driven Talking Avatar”, Proc. IEEE ICASSP 2016.
Ka Ho Wong, Wing Sum Yeung, Yu Ting Yeung and Helen Meng, “Exploring Articulatory Characteristics of Cantonese Dysarthric Speech Using Distinctive Features”, Proc. IEEE ICASSP 2016.
Pengfei Liu, Shoaib Jameel, King Keung Wu, and Helen Meng, “Learning Track Representation and Trends for Conference Analytics”, Proc. Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 2016.
Xiaojun Qian, Helen Meng and Frank Soong, “A Two-Pass Framework of Mispronunciation Detection and Diagnosis for Computer-Aided Pronunciation Training”, IEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing 2016.
Zhen-Hua Ling, Shiyin Kang, Heiga Zen, Andrew W. Senior, Mike Schuster, Xiaojun Qian, Helen M. Meng, Li Deng, “Deep Learning for Acoustic Modeling in Parametric Speech Generation: A systematic review of existing techniques and future trends”, IEEE Signal Process. Magazine 2015.
HH Chan, KL Wong, YH Kuo, JMY Leung and H Meng, “Real-Time Optimization for Disaster Response: A Mathematical Programming Approach”. International Journal of Big Data, 2015.