Prof. HON, Hsiao Wuen 洪 小 文 教授

Prof. HON, Hsiao Wuen 洪 小 文 教授

Prof. HON, Hsiao Wuen 洪 小 文 教授
Adjunct Professor
BS (National Taiwan University)
MS, PhD (Carnegie Mellon University)

Research Interests :
* Speech Recognition and Synthesis
* Spoken Language Processing
* Natural Language Processing
* Information Retrieval and Web Search
* Data Mining


Dr. Hsiao-Wuen Hon is Corporate Vice President of Microsoft, Chairman of Microsoft Asia-Pacific R&D Group, and Managing Director of Microsoft Research Asia. Dr. Hon oversees Microsoft’s research and development activities as well as collaborations with academia in Asia Pacific.

An IEEE Fellow and a Distinguished Scientist of Microsoft, Dr. Hon is an internationally recognized expert in speech technology. He serves on the editorial board of the international journal of the Communications of the ACM. Dr. Hon has published more than 100 technical papers in international journals and at conferences. He co-authored a book, Spoken Language Processing, which is a graduate-level textbook and reference book in the area of speech technology used in many universities all over the world. Dr. Hon holds three dozens patents in several technical areas.

Dr. Hon has been with Microsoft since 1995. He joined Microsoft Research Asia in 2004 as a Deputy Managing Director, and was promoted as Managing Director in 2007. In 2014, Dr. Hon was appointed as Chairman of Microsoft Asia-Pacific R&D Group. In addition, he founded and managed the Microsoft Search Technology Center (STC) from 2005 to 2007 and led development of the Microsoft internet Search product (Bing) in Asia Pacific.

Prior to joining Microsoft Research Asia, Dr. Hon was the founding member and architect of the Natural Interactive Services Division at Microsoft Corporation. Besides overseeing all architectural and technical aspects of the award winning Microsoft® Speech Server product, Natural User Interface Platform and Microsoft Assistance Platform, he is also responsible for managing and delivering statistical learning technologies and advanced search. Dr. Hon joined Microsoft Research as a senior researcher at 1995 and has been a key contributor of Microsoft’s SAPI and speech engine technologies. He previously worked at Apple Computer, where he led research and development for Apple’s Chinese Dictation Kit.

Dr. Hon received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from National Taiwan University.


Selected Publications

R. Song, Q. Guo, R. Zhang, G. Xin, J. Wen, Y. Yu, HW Hon, “Select-the-Best-Ones: A new way to judge relative relevance”, book chapter (14) of Information Processing & Management, Elsevier, March 2010.

R. Song, Z. Luo, J. Nie, Y. Yu, and HW Hon, “Identification of ambiguous queries in web search, International Journal on Information Processing and Management”, Volume 45, Issue 2 , March 2009, pp. 216-229.

B Erol, J Luo, SF Chang, M Etoh, HW Hon, Q. Lin, V. Setlur, Mobile Media Search: Has Media Search Finally Found its Perfect Platform?, in ACM Multimedia 2009, Oct. 19-23, 2009.

J Cohen, M Etoh, HW Hon, J Luo, J. Schalkwyk, “Mobile Multimedia Search, in IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing”, April 19-24, 2009.

Y. Cao, C.Y. Lin, Y. Yu, and H.W. Hon. Recommending Questions Using the MDL-based Tree Cut Model, in Proceedings of the 17th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW2008), Beijing, China, April 21-25, 2008.

R. Song, M. J. Taylor, J. Wen, HW Hon, and Y. Yu. Viewing Term Proximity from a Different Perspective. Book chapter in book: Advances in Information Retrieval by Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, page 346-357.

W. Gao, C. Niu, J.Y. Nie, M. Zhou, J. Hu, K-F Wong, H.W. Hon “Cross-Lingual Query Suggestion Using Query Logs of Different Languages”, 30th annual international ACM SIGIR-2007 conference, Amsterdam, Holland.

R. Song, Z. Luo, J.R. Wen, Y. Yu, H.W. Hon, “Identifying ambiguous queries in web search”, Proceedings of the 16th international conference on World Wide Web 2007, Banff, Alberta, Canada.

Y. Cao, J. Xu, T.Y. Liu, H. Li, Y. Huang, H.W. Hon, “Adapting ranking SVM to document retrieval”, 29th annual international ACM SIGIR-2006 conference, Seattle, WA.

H.W. Hon, “Multimedia search – Microsoft’s perspective”, 2006 12th International Multi-Media Modeling Conference Proceedings.

W.Y. Ma, H.J. Zhang, H.W. Hon, “Towards Next Generation Web Information Retrieval”, the proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Web Information Systems Engineering, WISE 2004, Brisbane, Australia.

L. Deng, Y. Wang, K. Wang, A. Acero, H. Hon, et. Al, “Speech and Language Processing for Multimodal Human-Computer Interaction”, Journal of VLSI Signal Processing Systems (Special issue on Real-World Speech Processing), 2004.

L. Deng, K. Wang, A. Acero, H. Hon, et al, “Distributed Speech Processing in MiPad’s Multimodal User Interface”, IEEE Transactions on Speech and Audio Processing, 2002. A Guide to Theory, Algorithm, and System Development, by X. Huang, A. Acero, H. Hon. Prentice-Hall, 2001.