2008 Press Releases

John Makhoul, BBN Technologies Chief Scientist, Awarded IEEE’s Highest Award in Speech

— BBN Technologies, an advanced technology solutions firm, announced today that Chief Scientist John Makhoul is the recipient of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 2009 James L. Flanagan Speech & Audio Processing award "for pioneering contributions to speech modeling." The award was established in 2002 to recognize outstanding contributions to the advancement of speech and/or audio signal processing and is the IEEE’s highest award in speech processing. Dr. Makhoul will accept the award, consisting of a bronze medal, a certificate, and an honorarium, at the IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing in Taipei, Taiwan in April 2009.

Dr. Makhoul is one of the world’s leading experts on speech and signal processing. He has been with BBN Technologies since 1970, working on various aspects of speech and language processing, including speech coding, speech synthesis, speech recognition, speaker identification and verification, artificial neural networks, digital signal processing, optical character recognition, language understanding, speech-to-speech translation, and human-machine interaction using voice. In addition, Dr. Makhoul is Adjunct Professor at Northeastern University where he supervises students doing their Ph.D. work at BBN in the area of speech and language processing.

Dr. Makhoul is a Fellow of the IEEE and a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America. His 1975 IEEE Proceedings paper on linear prediction was named a "Citation Classic" by the Institute for Scientific Information. His other honors include the 1978 Senior Award, the 1982 Technical Achievement Award, the 1988 Society Award of the IEEE Signal Processing Society, and the IEEE Third Millennium Medal. Dr. Makhoul has also served as a member of several panels of the National Research Council and has chaired panels in the areas of speech recognition and speech enhancement.

Tad Elmer, president and CEO, BBN Technologies, said, "John Makhoul is a world class scientist and we are fortunate that he has chosen to make BBN his professional home. Even more, he consistently attracts and inspires a large group of researchers to help continue to push the state of the art. He has been responsible for major advances in the speech and language processing field over the last four decades."

About BBN Technologies
BBN Technologies is a legendary R&D organization that leverages its substantial intellectual property portfolio to produce advanced, repeatable solutions such as Boomerang shooter detection system. With expertise spanning information security, speech and language processing, networking, distributed systems, and sensing and control systems, BBN scientists and engineers have amassed a substantial collection of innovations and patented solutions. BBN now employs over 700 people in seven locations in the US: Cambridge, Massachusetts (headquarters); Arlington, Virginia; Columbia, Maryland; Middletown, Rhode Island; San Diego, California; St. Louis Park, Minnesota; and O’Fallon, Illinois. For more information visit, www.bbn.com.