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Professor Bill Byrne

Statistical modelling for speech and language processing; statistical machine translation; speech synthesis
Professor Bill Byrne

Professor of Information Engineering

Statistical modelling for speech and language processing

Statistical machine translation

Speech synthesis

Office Phone: (+44) (0)1223 332651

Departments and Institutes

Department of Engineering:

Research Interests

My research field is the statistical modeling of speech and language. I develop models and algorithms that make it possible for computers to take text or speech and extract its content using computationally efficient mathematical models. This makes it possible to transcribe speech into text, to translate from one language into another, and to generate synthetic speech from text.


  • Machine translation

Key Publications

Iglesias, G.,  Allauzen, C., Byrne, W., de Gispert, A., Riley, M. (2011).  Hierarchical phrase-based translation representations. Proceedings of the 2011 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing.  Edinburgh, UK.

de Gispert, A., Iglesias, G., Blackwood, G., Banga, E.R., Byrne, W. (2010) Hierarchical phrase-based translation with weighted finite state transducers and shallow-N grammars.  Computational Linguistics, September 2010.

Shannon, M., Byrne, W. (2009). Autoregressive HMMs for speech synthesis.  Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of the International Speech Communication Association: INTERSPEECH  2009

Deng, Y.,  Byrne, W. (2008). HMM word and phrase alignment for statistical machine translation. IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing.

Kumar, S, Byrne W. (2004). Minimum Bayes-risk decoding for statistical machine translation, Proceedings of the Human Language Technology Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: HLT-NAACL 2004.