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Espy-Wilson, Carol

Carol Espy-Wilson
Professor
ECE, ISR
A.V. Williams 2205
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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.

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 

    •    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)
    •    Associate Editor of ASA magazine, Acoustics Today

Related News 

Engineering systems for mental health work by Espy-Wilson, Resnik, Vaughn-Cooke featured in Newsweek
Research on quantifiable indicators could result in mental health tracking app. November 13, 2014

Ghodssi Named UMD Distinguished Scholar-Teacher
Professor Ghodssi is the 12th ECE Professor to be honored as a Distinguished Scholar-Teacher. March 19, 2014

OmniSpeech, Espy-Wilson mentioned on "Washington Business Report"
UM Ventures' Jim Hughes cites the startup company as a university entrepreneurial success. January 27, 2014

OmniSpeech to Demonstrate Technology at 2014 CES International
Professor Carol Espy-Wilson's company, OmniSpeech, will debut its groundbreaking speech extraction technology at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show. January 7, 2014

Clark Professors Honored as Top Women Professors in Maryland
Professors Espy-Wilson and Muro recognized by StateStats.org for excellence in and out of the classroom May 7, 2013

Professor Wu Named Distinguished Scholar Teacher
Min Wu joins illustrious list of ECE faculty members to receive this University award. February 7, 2013

Carol Espy-Wilson is PI for multi-site NSF speech recognition grant
The researchers will develop a large-vocabulary speech recognition system based on articulatory information. September 28, 2012

Espy-Wilson, Bergbreiter receive ADVANCE Seed Grants
Fifteen projects funded for 2012. June 13, 2012

Espy-Wilson gives keynote address at University of Michigan
Special event honored first African-American woman to earn Ph.D. in physics. April 6, 2012

Espy-Wilson Named 2012-2013 Distinguished Scholar-Teacher
Carol Espy-Wilson is the tenth ECE professor to receive this honor. February 7, 2012