Biography of Professor Helen Meng

Professor Helen Mei Ling Meng is a recognized scholar in the field of human-centric information and communication technologies, with specialties in multilingual speech and language technologies, multimodal human-computer interactions, and Big Data analytics.  She is currently Professor and Chairman of the Department of Systems Engineering Management in The Chinese University of Hong Kong.  She is also the Founding Director of the CUHK Stanley Ho Big Data Decision Analytics Research Center.  She received all her degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
 
Professor Meng is a highly dedicated educator and researcher.  Her work has led to several important technologies, such as:
  • Chinese text-to-speech synthesis technology for Cantonese and Putonghua, together with free provisions to the visually impaired. 
  • Contribution towards international standards definition of the World Wide Web Consortium's Voice Browser Working Group.
  • E-commu book (Electronic Communication Book) for people with speech impairment. 
  • Chinese Dysarthric Speech Corpus which captures articulatory problems of speakers suffering from motor speech disorders,  to support development of effective intervention technologies.
A reflection of her professional excellence:  she has received numerous honors and awards, which include the Ministry of Education’s Higher Education Outstanding Scientific Research Output Award in Technological Advancements; CUHK’s Faculty of Engineering Exemplary Teaching Award, Young Researcher Award, and Service Award; (inaugural) Distinguished Lecturer of the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA) and Asia-Pacific Signal and Information Processing Association (APSIPA), Best Paper Awards in the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and APSIPA international conferences, Hong Kong Computer Society’s Inaugural Outstanding ICT Woman Professional Award, Microsoft Research Outstanding Collaborator Award (one of 32 academics worldwide) and IBM Faculty Award.  She was elected Fellow of the Hong Kong Computer Society, Hong Kong Institution of Engineering, IEEE and ISCA.  She has delivered numerous plenary and keynote speeches, and held key governing appointments in international associations, such as:
  1. Editor-in-Chief (2009-2011) of the IEEE Signal Processing Society’s Transaction on Audio, Speech and Language Processing (TASLP), which is recognized as the most authoritative technical journal of this field.
  2. Then elected into the IEEE Signal Processing Society Board of Governors and served till 2016.
  3. From 2016 - present, she sits on the IEEE Nomination and Appointments Committee.
  4. Board member (2008-2015) and International Advisory Committee (2017-2020) of the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA).  In 2014, she was elected by the Chinese speech research community to serve as Chairperson of the ISCA Special Interest Group on Chinese Spoken Language Processing (SIG-CSLP).  Prior to that, she has chaired the SIG-CSLP flagship event – International Symposium on Chinese Spoken Language Processing in 2012.  She aims to uphold the visibility of Chinese speech researchers (from mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan) in the international research community.  She is also especially interested in nurturing young researchers, especially doctoral students.
Professor Meng has been mentoring junior faculty members as Department Chairman.  She actively supports the programs run by the MIT Innovation Node in Hong Kong, the CUHK Female Professional Staff Support Network, and Diocesan Old Girls’ Association University Group (CUHK).  She is keen on promoting gender diversity in academia and engineering.  
 
Professor Meng maintains very high ethical standards. In her capacity as Editor-in-Chief of IEEE TASLP, and as Chairperson of the Monitoring and Assessment Panel for Competitive Research Funding Schemes for the Local Self-financing Degree Sector under the HKSARGs Research Grants Council, she diligently upholds the principles in ensuring there is no plagiarism and misuse of funds.
 
Professor Meng has devoted much effort towards community and professional services both internationally and locally.  She served in the Digital 21 Strategy Advisory Committee, is a member of the HKSARG’s Steering Committee on eHealth Record Sharing, Convener of the Engineering Panel in HKSARG Competitive Research Funding Schemes for the Self-financing Degree Sector, member of the Hong Kong/Guangdong ICT Expert Committee and Working Group Coordinator on Big Data Research and Applications, as well as Chairlady of the Working Party of the Manpower Survey of the Information Technology Sector.  
 
Professor Meng’s latest work on Big Data Analytics for Healthy Ageing, which involves a collaboration between CUHK and Hong Kong Jockey Club on the Community eHealth Care Project, aims towards for self-management among the elderly, and will have will have profound impact on the well-being of our ageing society.