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ECE associate professor’s work recognized by MIT as ‘breakthrough technology’

Tony Han, associate professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, is a research scientist at the Silicon Valley artificial intelligence lab of the Baidu, China’s most popular search engine. And his work with the search engine’s Deep Speech 2 speech recognition system was named one of the 10 breakthrough technologies of 2016 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Technology Review.

Han currently is on sabbatical working as leader of the team working on the Mandarin component of Deep Speech 2.

“Last November, Baidu reached an important landmark with its voice technology, announcing that its Silicon Valley lab had developed a powerful new speech recognition engine called Deep Speech 2,” the story read. “It consists of a very large, or ‘deep,’ neural network that learns to associate sounds with words and phrases as it is fed millions of examples of transcribed speech. Deep Speech 2 can recognize spoken words with stunning accuracy. In fact, the researchers found that it can sometimes transcribe snippets of Mandarin speech more accurately than a person.”

For the full story on the year’s 10 breakthrough technologies, click here. And watch the below video to get an explanation of the technology by Han and fellow research scientist Ryan Prenger.