Expert profile: Mary O'Kane [ Professor ]

[ ID = 0545 ] Mary O'Kane [ Professor ] 
Name O'Kane, Professor Mary
Job Title Vice-Chancellor, Rector, President 
Organisation Adelaide University 
Address North Terrace 
Postal Code 5005 
City Adelaide 
Country Australia 
Phone + +618 8303 5201
Fax + +618 8303 4354
Email mary.okane_(on)_adelaide.edu.au [@ replaced for spam protection]
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Specialism Speechtechnology:
Language Modeling
Speech Recognition 
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   Name:           Mary Josephine O'KANE

   Address:           Adelaide University, South Australia, Australia

                           Telephone:           +61 8 8303 5201

                           Facsimile:           +61 8 8303 4354

                           email:           mary.okane@adelaide.edu.au

   Nationality:           Australian

   Present Position:           Vice-Chancellor, President and Rector,
   Adelaide University

   Main Research Interest:           Artificial Intelligence - Spoken
   Language Understanding/Automatic Speech Recognition


   B.Sc. (Qld), 1976, Major Subjects: Physics and Mathematics, Honours in

   Ph.D. (A.N.U.), 1982, Subject: Automated Speech Recognition.

   Hon D.Univ. (CQU), 1998


   Fellow, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering

   Fellow, The Institution of Engineers, Australia

   Australian Telecommunications and Electronics Research Board (ATERB)
   Medal (1990)

   ANU/Italian Government Scholarship (1977)

   Queensland 2001 Science Tall Poppy Award


   Oct 1996-            Vice-Chancellor, President, Rector, Adelaide

   Jul-Oct 1996            Acting Vice-Chancellor, Adelaide University
   (substantive position, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)


   Oct 1996            Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Adelaide
   University, and Professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

   1990-1994            Dean, Faculty of Information Sciences and
   Engineering, University of Canberra, and Professor of Computer
   Engineering and Artificial Intelligence (Personal Chair).


   1995            ARC Research Infrastructure (Equipment and Facilities)
   Program Grant to Monash University, The University of Adelaide and
   Curtin University entitled "Perceptive Systems Network" ($240,000).

   1992-94            ARC Large Grant to R W King and M J O'Kane for a
   project entitled "Modelling and Resolving Communication Difficulties
   in Human-Machine Verbal Interaction" ($65,000-1992 $100,000-1993,

   1993            ARC Small Grant to M J O'Kane and P E Kenne for a
   project entitled "Automatic punctuation of machine-transcribed speech
   using non-prosodic methods" ($7,766).

   1990-92            ARC Mechanism B Infrastructure Grant of $596,000 to
   Artificial Intelligence and Software Engineering Group at the
   University of Canberra.

   1990-94            International Science and Technology Committee
   Grant of $800,000 for the GLASS (Generalised Language and Speech)
   Project. Grant held jointly with Logica Pty Ltd, AOTC, the National
   Acoustic Laboratories, the University of Sydney and Syrinx Speech
   Systems. The GLASS Project is one of the first two Australian projects
   to parallel the European Union's ESPRIT II projects.

   1989-92            Industry, Research and Development Grant of
   $454,500, supplemented by $100,000 from Wang Australia for the SPRITE
   (Speech Recognition in Technical Environments) Project.

   1989            DEET Technological Institutions Grant of $100,000 for
   a project entitled "Databases Accepting Speech Input".

   1988-90            CSIRO collaborative project in Information
   Technology with a grant of $85,600 for the project "An Investigation
   of the use of the Attached Index Machine in the Speech Recognition
   System, Dicma".

   1988            "The Dicma Project - Building a prototype dictating
   machine accepting continuous speech", funded under a R&D agreement
   with Wang Australia.  $100,000 for proof-of-concept prototype.

   1985-87            "The FOPHO Continuous Speech Recognition Project";
   funded by the Australian Research Grants Scheme ($27,101-1985,
   $31,000-1986, $29,559-1987).

   1985-86            "Recognition of telephone quality speech"; funded
   by the Australian Telecommunications and Electronics Research Board

   1985            CCAE set-up grant for Automatic Speech Recognition
   Laboratory ($5,000).

   1985            "Development of high-quality A/D, D/A facility of a
   Sony audio processor for direct input/output of digitised speech to
   SUN workstations"; funded by CCAE Research Grant ($4,400).

   1983-84            "Digitisation of the database of spoken Australian
   English and implementation and testing of the FOPHO model for
   automatic recognition of Australian English"; funded by Australia
   Computer Research Board; co-worker J.B. Millar ($6,750).

   1982            "Design and collection of a database of spoken
   Australian English"; funded by Australian Computer Research Board



   Australian Technology Awards (Committee Member)

   CSIRO (Board Member)

   Education Adelaide (Board Member)

   F.H. Faulding & Co. Ltd (Director)

   Grains Research & Development Corporation (Advisory Group Member)

   Australian & New Zealand Health Management Network Ltd (Director)

   South Australian Employment Council (Council Member)

   World Congress on Information Technology 2002 (Executive Committee


   Australia Prize Committee

   Australian Services Network (Board Member)

   Botanic Gardens Board of South Australia

   Australian Research Council

   ARC/HEC Joint Working Party on Balance of Research Activities among
   Disciplines and


   ARC Research Grants Committee (Chair)

   ARC Working Party on Research Concentration (Chair)

   AARNet Board of Management

   ACS-IJCAI Bid Committee, 1987

   ACS National Committee on Artificial Intelligence & Expert Systems

   ACT Government Advanced Technology Working Group

   ACT Government Televillage Working Party

   ACT School of Engineering Executive and Board

   ACT Very Fast Train Advisory Committee

   Advanced Engineering Centres Selection Committee

   ASTEC Reference Group on Key Issues for Australia to 2010

   Australian Petroleum CRC Board

   Australian Council of Engineering Deans (Member, 1992/93 Executive)

   Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee on Engineering Articulation

   CCAE Cartography Computing Committee (Chair), 1985

   CCAE Instructional Media Centre Review Committee (Chair), 1986-87

   CCAE Library Committee, 1981-83

   CCAE Psychology Teaching Committee, 1983

   Co-operative Research Centres Committee, 1997-98

   CRC for Power Generation from Low-Rank Coal Board

   CRC for Sensor Signal & Information Processing Board

   CRC for Soil and Land Management Board

   CRC for Water Quality and Treatment Board

   CRC for Weed Management Board

   CSIRO Postdoctoral Awards Selection Committee

   Cooperative Research Centre Committee

   Cooperative Research Centres Program Evaluation Steering Committee
   (Myers Committee)

   Department of Science Ad Hoc Group on the Survey of Artificial
   Intelligence Research in Australia, 1986

   Engineering, Earth and Applied Sciences Panel of the Australian
   Research Council (Chair, Engineering 1 Sub-Panel, 1993)

   French Government Scholarships Committee

   International Working Group on Vowel Normalisation

   Judging Panel for the Michael Daly Awards for Science, Technology and
   Engineering Journalism

   Luminis Pty Ltd Board

   MFP Development Corporation Board

   Review of Engineering Education Steering Committee

   Signal Processing Research Institute Board

   South Australian Centre for Parallel Computing

   South Australian Museum Board

   Speech Science & Technology Conference Organising Committee, 1986-88

   The Institution of Engineers, Australia, Computer Engineering
   Accreditation Panel

   The Institution of Engineers, Australia, Planning Board

   The University Adelaide Biohazards Committee (Convenor)

   The University of Adelaide Research Management Advisory Committee

   The University Adelaide Research Policy and Grants Committee (Chair)

   University of Canberra Buildings and Site Committee (Chair)

   University of Canberra Environmental Taskforce

   University of Canberra Information Sciences and Engineering Faculty

   University of Canberra Promotions Committee (Chair)

   University of Canberra Research Committee

   University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor's Advisory Committee

   Women in Science Engineering and Technology Committee

   World Computer Congress Committee (Deputy Chair)


   ANZ Bank


   Australian Development Assistance Bureau

   Computer Power Pty Ltd

   Computer Sciences of Australia Pty Ltd

   Digital Equipment Corporation

   Edith Cowan University

   Logica Pty Ltd

   Schlumberger Pty Ltd, Palo Alto, U.S.A.

   Wang Australia


   Over 100 publications.  Details available on request.

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