Professional Experience

Scientific Indicators & Community Recognition

  • Google Scholar h-index: 57; number of citations: 12816
  • Peer reviewed publications: 2 books, 6 edited books, 29 book chapters, 60 refereed journal papers, 250+ refereed conference papers
  • Fellow of the IEEE “for contributions in the fields of statistical speech recognition and neural networks”
  • Fellow of International Speech Communication Association (ISCA) “for his fundamental contributions to research and leadership in the fields of statistical and neural network-based speech recognition”
  • ACM Senior member
  • Elected Member of the ACM Europe Council
  • Elected Individual Member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (“in recognition of his contribution to the development of Information Technologies, and promotion of the technological and scientific Swiss positioning”)

Current activities

2010- : Co-Founder and Board Member of Koemei SA
2008- : Member of the Foundation Council of the Dalle Molle Foundation (
2006- : Member (Vice-President) of the Board of Directors of IdeArk SA (, one of the IDIAP spin-offs focusing on technology transfer activities.
2002- : Interactive Multimodal Information Management (IM2),, Director ,
National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR)
2002- : Intl. Computer Science Institute (ICSI), Berkeley, CA,,
External Fellow and Member of the Board of Trustees
1997- : Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at Lausanne (EPFL),,
Switzerland, Full Professor, Director of LIDIAP Laboratory,
1996- : Idiap Research Institute (IDIAP),, Switzerland, Director

Past activities

1991-2002: Intl. Computer Science Institute (Berkeley, CA), External Fellow
1995-1996: Faculté Polytechnique of Mons, Mons, Belgium, Project Leader
1990-1994: L&H Speech Products, Belgium, R&D Manager
1988-1989: Intl. Computer Science Institute (ICSI), Berkeley, CA,
Invited Scientist
1982-1990: MBLE-Philips Research Laboratory of Brussels, Belgium,
Member of the Scientific Staff (Research Scientist)