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Espy-Wilson, Carol

Carol Espy-Wilson
Professor
ECE, ISR
A.V. Williams 2221
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(301)405-7411

Research Interests 

Professor Espy-Wilson's research interests include the integration of engineering, linguistics and speech acoustics to study speech communication. She is developing an approach to speech recognition based on phonetic features, articulatory parameters and landmarks to better address variability in the speech signal. She also conducts research in the areas of speech production, speech enhancement, speaker recognition, single-channel speaker separation and language and genre detection in audio content analysis and forensics. A major focus of her research is to gain a better understanding of the relationship between articulation, acoustics and perception and to use this knowledge to develop effective speech technologies. Prof. Espy-Wilson heads the Speech Communication Lab where postdoctoral, graduate and undergraduate students perform research. Her research has been largely supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.  Professor Espy-Wilson teaches the undergraduate courses Numerical Techniques in Engineering (ENEE 241), Signals and Systems (ENEE 322), Digital Signal Processing (ENEE 425), and the advanced graduate level course, Speech and Audio Processing, ENEE 632.

Background 

Carol Espy-Wilson received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1979. She received her M.S., E.E. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from MIT in 1981, 1984 and 1987, respectively. She was on faculty at Boston University from 1990 to 2001 and is Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Maryland, College Park. She directs the Speech Communication Lab at UMD. 

View or download Dr. Espy-Wilson's CV here.

She is the receipient of the NSF Minority Initiation Award (1990-1992), the Clare Booth Luce Professorship (1990-1995) the NIH Independent Scientist Award (1998-2003), the Honda Initiation Award (2004-2005), and a Radcliffe Fellowship (2008).

Dr. Espy-Wilson is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) and a Senior Member of IEEE.  She served as  Chair of the Speech Technical Committee of the ASA from 2007 to 2010, as an associate editor of the ASA's magazine, Acoustics Today, and as an appointed member of the Language and Communication Study Section at NIH, 2001-2004.  Currently, she is an Associate Editor of the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, an elected member of the Speech and Language Technical Committee of IEEE and a member of the National Advisory Board for Medical Rehabilitation Research at NIH.

Honors and Awards 

    •    International Speech Communication Association Fellow (2018)
    •    Institute of Systems Research Fellow Award (2015 - 2017)
    •    University of Maryland Distinguished Scholar-Teacher (2012 - 2013)
    •    Maryland Daily Record Innovator of the Year Award (2010)
    •    Fellow of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (2008-2009)
    •    University of Maryland Invention of the Year Award (2009)
    •    Acoustical Society of America Fellow (2005)
    •    Honda Initiation Award (2003-2004)
    •    NIH Independent Scientist Award (1998-2003)
    •    Clare Booth Luce Professorship (1990-1995)
    •    NSF Minority Initiation Award (1990-1992)
   

Related News 

NSF funds Shamma, Espy-Wilson for neuromorphic and data-driven speech segregation research
The project will investigate how mimicking the brain's auditory processing can address AI signal processing challenges. September 25, 2018

Five recipients of ISR Graduate Student Travel Award announced
Eight graduate students have received funding through the award since 2017. August 24, 2018

Vishnubhotla, Espy-Wilson granted patent for improving speech extraction
The patent could improve automatic speech recognition systems, hearing aids and cochlear implants. March 28, 2018

Espy-Wilson named International Speech Communication Association Fellow
Citation reads "for contributions to speech acoustic modelling, speech signal processing and applications to knowledge-driven speech recognition and speech enhancement." March 28, 2018

Espy-Wilson's technology included in new Alcatel MOVE TIME smart watch
OmniSpeech 'OmniClear' software reduces dynamic noise in communication devices. October 3, 2017

Salamanca-Riba Appointed 2017/2018 UMD ADVANCE Professor 
Dr. Salamanca-Riba will help facilitate opportunities for advancement among University faculty members, especially under-represented groups. September 12, 2017

More than 175 attend national Denice Denton Emerging Leaders Workshop
Faculty development workshop helped mid-career STEM academics develop knowledge, skills, strategies and critical networks. June 3, 2016

Ulukus Named 2016-2017 Distinguished Scholar-Teacher by University of Maryland
The Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Program honors members of UMD faculty who have demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievements along with equally outstanding accomplishments as teachers. April 19, 2016

Espy-Wilson Delivers Keynote Address for Stanford’s WISE Inspirations Network
A Stanford alumnus, Espy-Wilson, was invited to speak because she is leading the way for women in science and engineering. February 8, 2016

Espy-Wilson Featured in MIT’s Tech Review
She was the first African-American woman to earn a doctorate in electrical engineering at MIT. December 14, 2015