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Category:   E-CV
Subject:   Acoustic phonetician focused on variation, adaptive speech interfaces, and computational lexicography
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Email:   ashbyhanna_(on)_gmail.com
Date received:   19 Oct 2011

SIMONE ASHBY, PhD Travessa do Pinheiro, 21, 1º Esq. Lisbon 1200-763, Portugal Tel. +351 963102226 § ashbyhanna_(at)_gmail.com __SUMMARY__ - Acoustic phonetician focused on variation, adaptive speech interfaces, and computational lexicography - Successful team leader with proven project coordination skills and an ability to compete for substantial grant funding - Strong communicator, with a background in journalism and technical writing __RESEARCH EXPERIENCE__ Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Lexicon and Computational Modeling Group, Insti- tuto de Linguística Teórica e Computational (ILTEC), Lisbon, Portugal, October 2008–Present - Coordination of the Fundação para Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) project for maintaining and improving the Portal da Língua Portuguesa online lexical know- ledge base, October 2008–Present - Authorship and coordination of the FCT R&D project 'The Portuguese Unisyn Lexicon (LUPo): An accent-independent pronunciation lexicon for Portuguese' for developing an accent-independent lexicon and rule system for generating accent- specific phonetic transcriptions for regional variants of Portuguese, March 2010–Present - Field work and development of a 70+hour Mozambican Portuguese speech corpus - Supervision of two graduate research assistants - Collaboration with LUPo's international research team partners and consult- ants - Member of ILTEC's Direction Board, October 2009–Present - PhD Thesis Director to the Fundação para Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT), July 2011–Present Postdoctoral Research Associate, Centre for Speech Technology Research, Univer- sity of Edinburgh, UK, March 2003–June 2006 (intervening maternity leave) - Work towards the development of multimedia conferencing, meeting browsing, and speech recognition technologies for the AMI–Augmented Multi-party Interact- ion project - Management of a 100-hour multimodal corpus - Translation of user requirements into written schemes for annotating audio and video data - Supervision of eight transcribers and annotators - Management of a subproject for the video annotation of head and hand gestures Research Assistant, Dept. of Linguistics and English Language, University of Edinburgh, UK, September 2002–December 2003 Collecting children's speech perception data for the Wellcome Trust funded pro- ject, 'The Development of Cue Weighting in Speech Perception' Research Assistant, Dept. of Linguistics, University of Colorado at Boulder, CO September 1998–June 1999 Providing editorial assistance for Prof. Zygmunt Frazyngier's A Grammar of Hdi __OTHER SELECT PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE__ Language Expert, Microsoft Language Development Center, Lisbon, Portugal, May 2011–Present Co-authoring prosody specifications, providing feedback on in-house tools, text normalization, and conducting tests for the enhancement of Microsoft’s American English ASR and TTS systems Senior Lead Technical Writer, Rocket Gaming Systems, Vancouver, BC, August 2006–August 2008 Leading a team of four documentation specialists to create and maintain user manuals and online help content for a gaming software company Computational Lexicographer, InQuizit Technologies, Santa Monica, CA, June 2000–January 2001 Building, editing and maintaining the concept lexicon and ontological database for a natural language search engine, text/domain analysis, product testing, and HTML design of project demonstrations __RECENT TEACHING EXPERIENCE__ Lecturer, Dept. of Clinical Linguistics, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Lisbon, Portugal, March 2011–Present Teaching Language Engineering to Master's degree students in Clinical Linguis- tics Stand-in Lecturer, Dept. of Linguistics and English Language, University of Edinburgh, UK, April 2005 Leading three sessions of the second year Empirical Methods tutorial group Tutor, Department of Computer Science, University College Dublin, Ireland, October 2001–May 2002 Tutoring graduate and postgraduate level practical demonstration and tutorial modules for Introduction to Java and Introduction to Multimedia courses Tutor, Department of Computing Science, Griffith College Dublin, Ireland, October–December 2002 Tutoring for the postgraduate-level practical demonstration and tutorial module for Introduction to Multimedia Lecturer, Department of Linguistics, University of Colorado at Boulder, CO, September 1999–May 2000 Teaching Intermediate Spoken English to undergraduate- and postgraduate-level university students __EDUCATION__ Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science, University College Dublin, Ireland, 2001–2004 - Dissertation: Is Infant-Directed Speech Hyperspeech? An Acoustical Analysis of Speech to Infants and Other Accommodative Speech Styles - Visiting PhD scholar in the Department of Linguistics & English Language at the University of Edinburgh, UK, 2002–2004 - Work in connection with the Adaptive Speech Interfaces research group, Media Lab Europe Master of Arts in Linguistics, University of Colorado at Boulder, CO 1998–2000 - Dean's List honoree 1999 and 2000 Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 1989–1991 - Graduated with cum laude distinction - Dean's list honoree 1990 and 1991 __AWARDS__ - €103,000 grant for the R&D project 'The Portuguese Unisyn Lexicon (LUPo): An accent-independent pronunciation lexicon for Portuguese' (PTDC/CLE-LIN/100335/ 2008), awarded by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia 2010–Present - Full doctoral scholarship to attend University College Dublin, awarded by the Higher Education Authority of Ireland 2001–2004 - Grant for participation at the 145th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Nashville, Tennessee, awarded by the Acoustical Society of America 2003 - Grant for participation at the NATO Advanced Study Institute, Castelvecchio, Italy, awarded by the International Speech Communication Association 2002 __PUBLICATIONS__ __Books Ashby, S. (2011) The Infant-Directed Speech Signal: An Acoustic Analysis of Speech to Infants and Other Accommodative Styles, Saarbrücken: LAP Lambert Aca- demic Publishing Co. __Refereed journals & conference proceedings Ashby, S. & Barbosa, S. (in press) 'Bantu Substratum Interference in Mozambican Portuguese Speech Varieties', to appear to Africana Linguistica 17 (2011) Ashby, S., Viaro, M. E., Barbosa, S. & Campaniço, N. (in press) 'Modeling Pho- netic Variation in Pluricentric Languages: An Integrative Approach', to appear in Dialectologia Ashby, S. (in press) 'Co-producers of this Means of Expression: In Support of the Study of Indigenizing Language Varieties', to appear in Non-dominating Var- ieties of Pluricentric Languages, Frankfurt: Peter Lang Verlag Ashby, S., Cummins, F., Barbosa, S. & Campaniço, N. (2011) 'Nasal Heads or Nasal Tails: A Pan Lusophone Survey of Preconsonantal Murmur', in Proceedings of the 17th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS XVII) Ashby, S., Barbosa, S. & Ferreira, J. P. (2010) 'Introducing Non-Standard Luso- African Varieties into the Digital Domain', in Proceedings of FALA 2010, Vigo, Spain Ashby, S., Viaro, M. E., Ferreira, J. P. & Barbosa, S. (2010) 'Modeling Phonetic Variation in Pluricentric Languages: An Integrative Approach', in Proceedings of the International Conference on Pluricentric Languages, Braga, Portugal Ashby, S. & Ferreira, J. P. (2010) 'Reuse of Lexicographic Data for a Multipur- pose Pronunciation Database and Phonetic Transcription Generator for Regional Variants of Portuguese', in Proceedings of Euralex 2010, Leeuwarden, The Nether- lands Ashby, S. & Ferreira, J. P. (2010) 'The Role of Morphology in Generating High- Quality Pronunciation Lexica for Regional Variants of Portuguese', in Branco, A., Klautau, A., Vieira, R., Lima, V. L. S. de & Pardo, T. A. S. (eds.), Comp- utational Processing of the Portuguese Language–Lecture Notes in Artificial In- telligence, v. 6001, Berlin Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag Ashby, S., Ferreira, J. P. & Barbosa, S. (2009) 'Adapting the Unisyn Lexicon to Portuguese: Preliminary Issues in the Development of LUPo', in Proceedings of Iberian SL Tech, Porto Salvo, Portugal Ashby, S., Ferreira, J. P. & Barbosa, S. (2009) 'Introducing the Portuguese Unisyn Lexicon (LUPo): An Accent-Independent Pronunciation Lexicon for Portu- guese', abstract in Proceedings of Phonetics and Phonology in Iberia 2009, Gran Canaria, Spain Carletta, J., Ashby, S., Bourban, S., Flynn, M., Guillemot, M., Hain, T., Kadlec, J., Karaiskos, V., Kraaij, W., Kronenthal, M., Lathoud, G., Lincoln, M., Lisowska, A., McCowan, I., Post, W., Reidsma, D. & Wellner, P. (2005) 'The AMI Meetings Corpus', in Proceedings of the 2005 symposium on Annotating and measuring Meeting Behavior, Enschede, The Netherlands Carletta, J., Ashby, S., Bourban, S., Flynn, M., Guillemot, M., Hain, T., Kadlec, J., Karaiskos, V., Kraaij, W., Kronenthal, M., Lathoud, G., Lincoln, M., Lisowska, A., McCowan, I., Post, W., Reidsma, D. & Wellner, P. (2005) 'The AMI Meeting Corpus: A Pre-announcement', in Proceedings of the 2nd Joint Work- shop on Multimodal Interaction and Related Machine Learning Algorithms (MLMI05), Edinburgh, Scotland Ashby, S. & Cummins, F. (2003) 'Acoustic characteristics of listener-constrained speech: An Analysis of Speech to Foreigners, Infant-Directed Speech, Noisy-Chan- nel Speech, and Speech to Computers', abstract in Proceedings of the 145th Meet- ing of the Acoustical Society of America, Nashville, TN Ashby, S., Cummins, F. & Roy, D. K. (2002) 'The ADS-to-IDS Continuum: Develop- ing an Index for the Study of Infant-Directed Speech Prosody', abstract in Pro- ceedings of ISCA International Tutorial and Research Workshop ‘Temporal Inte- gration in the Perception of Speech’ Ashby, S., Carson-Berndsen, J. & Joue, G. (2001) 'A Testbed for Developing Mul- tilingual Phonotactic Descriptions', in Proceedings of Eurospeech 2001 __COMPUTATIONAL ABILITIES & LANGUAGES__ - Platforms: Linux, Windows - Programming, database & mark-up languages: HTML, LATeX, MySQL, Perl, PHP, XML; limited abilities in C++ and Java Applications: Adobe Illustrator, PageMaker, and Photoshop; Corel Draw; Freehand; Madcap Flare; Matlab; Microsoft Office (Access, Excel, FrontPage, PowerPoint, Word); Praat; R; SPSS; Transcriber (Channeltrans); WaveSurfer; XWaves; etc. - English: fluent (native speaker) - Portuguese: intermediate-to-advanced; Spanish: basic-to-intermediate; French: basic; Korean: basic __REFERENCES__ Available upon request
 

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