Professor Stephen Young

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Life Fellow
Emeritus Professor of Information Engineering


Steve Young is Professor of Information Engineering and Head of the Information Engineering Division. He received a BA in Electrical Sciences from Cambridge University in 1973 and a PhD in Speech Processing in 1978. He held lectureships at both Manchester and Cambridge Universities before being elected to the Chair of Information Engineering at Cambridge University in 1994. He was a co-founder and Technical Director of Entropic Ltd from 1995 until 1999 when the company was taken over by Microsoft. After a short period as an Architect at Microsoft, he returned full-time to the University in January 2001. During 2001 through to 2004, he served as Chair of the School of Technology and member of the University General Board.


Steve's research interests lie in the area of spoken language systems including speech recognition, speech synthesis and dialogue management. He is the original developer of the HTK Toolkit for building hidden Markov model-based recognition systems and he led the team that developed the HTK Large Vocabulary Speech Recognition System. He has written and edited books on software engineering and speech processing, and he has published as author and co-author, more than 200 papers in these areas. He was Editor of Computer Speech and Language from 1993 to 2004. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE) and the RSA. He is a member of the British Computer Society (BCS) and the US Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). In 2004, he was a recipient of an IEEE Signal Processing Society Technical Achievement Award