Paris Smaragdis

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Assistant Professor
3231 Siebel Center for Comp Sci
201 N. Goodwin Ave.
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 265-6893
Paris  Smaragdis
Paris Smaragdis



Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2001, Advisor: Barry Vercoe

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Research Statement

Making computers that understand their world around them is an incredibly hard problem. Fortunately it is also fascinating! My research explores the computational foundations for constructing systems that can understand sound (e.g., speech or music) the same way we do. On the theoretical side this involves creating new tools for processing and analyzing time-series, and draws heavily from the fields of machine learning and statistical signal processing. On the practical side this results in constructing actual machines with hearing abilities such as TVs that can find when the football game gets interesting, stethoscopes that detect and analyze heartbeats, music players that automatically DJ for you and smart traffic lights that can hear accidents that happen in their intersection. I am also interested in anything involving audio and computation and have been involved in the fields of computer music, audio synthesis algorithms and real-time performance.

Research Interests

  • Machine Learning
  • Signal Processing
  • Machine Listening
  • Audio Processing

Research Areas

  • Acoustics
  • Machine learning
  • Machine learning and pattern recognition
  • Signal detection and estimation
  • Speech processing
  • Speech processing
  • Speech recognition and processing

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