Prof. MENG, Mei Ling Helen 蒙 美 玲 教授

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

Research Interests :
 *  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 received the S.B., S.M., and Ph.D. degrees, all in electrical engineering, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge. She joined The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1998, where she is currently Professor and Chairman in the Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management. In 1999, she established the Human–Computer Communications Laboratory and serves as Director. In 2005, she established the Microsoft-CUHK Joint Laboratory for Human-Centric Computing and Interface Technologies and serves as Co-Director. This laboratory was recognized as a Ministry of Education of China (MoE) Key Laboratory in 2008. In 2013, she helped the University establish the Big Data Decision Analytics Research Center, with a generous donation from the Dr. Stanley Ho Medical Development Foundation. Helen served as Associate Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Engineering from 2006 to 2010. She received the MoE Higher Education Outstanding Scientific Research Output Awards in Technological Advancements, for the area of “Multimodal User Interactions with Multilingual Speech and Language Technologies” in 2009. In previous years, she has also received the CUHK Exemplary Teaching Award, Young Researcher Award and Service Award of the Faculty of Engineering. She has also been awarded the Peng Cheng Visiting Professorship of Tsinghua Graduate School of Shenzhen, and is a Visiting Professor of Tsinghua University, Fudan University and the Northwestern Polytechnical University. Her research interests lie in the areas of human–computer interaction via multimodal and multilingual spoken language systems, computer-aided language learning systems, as well as translingual speech retrieval technologies. She has been Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing. She is also an elected board member of the International Speech Communication Association. She was General Chair of the International Symposium on Chinese Spoken Language Processing 2012 and will be Technical Chair of Interspeech 2014. Her international and local professional services include Steering Committee member on eHealth Record Sharing of the HKSAR Government, and Council Membership of the Research Grants Council, Hong Kong Productivity Council and Open University of Hong Kong. She also serves on the review panels of various agencies, including the Hong Kong SAR Government’s Innovation and Technology Commission, Swedish Research Council European Research Infrastructure Initiative, and the National Centres of Competence in Research, Swiss National Science Foundation. Helen is elected into the IEEE Signal Processing Society Board of Governors in 2013. She is also a Fellow of HKCS, HKIE and IEEE.


Selected Publications

Maxine Eskenazi, Gina-Anne Levow, Helen Meng, Gabriel Parent and David Suendermann, (Eds.), “Crowdsourcing for Speech Processing: Applications to Data Collection, Transcription and Assessment”, (1st edition), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., ISBN: 978-1-118-35869-6, 2013.

Shiyin Kang, Xiaojun Qian and Helen Meng, “Multi-Distribution Deep Belief Network for Speech Synthesis”, in the Proceedings of the International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, Vancouver, Canada, on 26 - 31 May 2013.

Hao Wang, Xiaojun Qian and Helen Meng, “Predicting Gradation of L2 English Mispronunciations using Crowdsourced Ratings and Phonological Rules”, in the Proceedings of Speech and LanguageTechnology in Education Grenoble, France, 30 August - 1 September, 2013.

Kun Li, Xiaojun Qian, Shiyin Kang and Helen Meng, “Lexical Stress Detection for L2 English Speech Using Deep Belief Networks”, in the Proceedings of Interspeech, Lyon, France, 25-29 August 2013.

Zhaojun Yang, Gina-Anne Levow and Helen Meng, “Predicting User Satisfaction in Spoken Dialog System Evaluation With Collaborative Filtering”, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing, 6(8), p. 971 – 981, 2012.

Xiaojun Qian, Helen Meng and Frank Soong, “The Use of DBN-HMMs for Mispronunciation Detection and Diagnosis in L2 English to Support Computer-Aided Pronunciation Training”, in the Proceedings of Interspeech 2012, Portland, Oregon, USA, 9 - 13 September 2012.

Lan Wang, Hui Chen, Sheng Li and Helen Meng, “Phoneme-level Articulatory Animation in Pronunciation Training”, Speech Communication, Vol 54, Issue 7, p. 845-856, Elservier Science, September 2012.

Weiwu Jiang, Man-Wai Ma, Wei Rao and Helen Meng, “The HKCUPU system for the NIST 2010 speaker recognition evaluation”, in the Proceedings of ICASSP, Prague, 22-27 May, 2011.

Ka-Ho Wong, Wai-Kit Lo and Helen Meng, “Allophonic Variations in Visual Speech Synthesis for Corrective Feedback in CAPT”, in the Proceedings of the International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, Prague, Czech Republic, 22-27 May 2011.

Zhengyu Zhou and Helen Meng, “Pseudo-Conventional N-Gram Representation of the Discriminative N-Gram Model for LVCSR”, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing, Vol. 4, No. 6, December 2010.

Helen Meng, Wai-Kit Lo, Alissa M. Harrison, Pauline Lee, Ka-Ho Wong, Wai-Kim Leung and Fanbo Meng, “Development of Automatic Speech Recognition and Synthesis Technologies to Support Chinese Learners of English: The CUHK Experience”, in the Proceedings of the 2nd Asia-Pacific Signal and Information Processing Association Annual Summit and Conference (APSIPA2010), Biopolis, SINGAPORE, 14-17 December 2010. (Best Oral Paper Award)

Pui-Yu Hui and Helen Meng, “Cross-Modality Semantic Integration with Hypothesis Rescoring for Robust Interpretation of Multimodal User Interactions”, IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing, Vol. 17, No. 3, March 2009, pages 486-500.