Stephen E. Levinson

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Stephen E. Levinson
Stephen E. Levinson
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
2009 Beckman Institute MC 251
405 N. Mathews
Urbana Illinois 61801

Primary Research Area

  • Signal Processing



Ph.D. Electrical Engineering University of Rhode Island 1974

Research Statement

See Speech and Language Engineering Group

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

My lab is engaged in research intended to design and test anthropomorphic robots that learn as children do by experience with the environment. We are especially interested in language acquisition. Most undergraduates do not have the necessary background to do independent work in this area. However, there have been a few successful undergraduate projects related to the control hardware and software of the robots. Students who have an interest in this area are encouraged to discuss potential projects with me.

Research Interests

Speech processing, Language acquisition, Natural language understanding, Speech synthesis

Research Areas

  • Computer vision and pattern recognition
  • Multi-agent systems and robot control
  • Signal Processing
  • Speech processing


  • Summer Appointment at Brown University, 1999
  • AT&T Bell Laboratories Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, 1990
  • IEEE Signal Processing Society Distinguished Lecturer, 1986
  • Fellow, IEEE, 1986
  • Fellow, Acoustical Society of America, 1983
  • Sigma Xi Research Prize, 1974

Teaching Honors

  • New Course CHP 396A Campus Honors Program, 2009, 2010, 2012 (Spring)
  • Incomplete List of Excellence in Teaching, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012 (both semesters)

Research Honors

  • CAS Steering committee for the Memory Project, Fall 2004
  • Center for Advanced Study Associate, Fall 2002

Courses Taught