People: Current Members of the Lab at OSU

Mary Beckman, PI

My current research focuses on phonological development. This the process by which babies learn to pick out words and other structures in the speech addressed to them and to match these up to the sounds patterns they themselves produce, and then gradually grow a vocabulary and a "grammar" for combining sounds and words into completely novel utterances. It also involves learning to listen like a native speaker as well as learning to sound like someone who belongs in the ambient speech community.

Mikhail Belkin, Co-PI

My research focuses on designing and analyzing practical algorithms for machine learning based on non-linear structure of high dimensional data, in particular manifold and spectral methods. I am also interested in a range of theoretical questions concerning the computational and statistical limits of learning and mathematical foundations of learning structure from data. Recently, I have also become interested in human cognition and its connections to machine learning.

Eric Fosler-Lussier, Co-PI

I'm the director of the Speech and Language Technologies Laboratory in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. The overall goal of my lab's research is to find meaningful ways to integrate acoustic, phonetic, lexical, and other linguistic insights into the speech recognition process through a combination of statistical modeling and data/error analysis.

Patrick Reidy, Graduate Student

I am a Ph.D. student in Linguistics at Ohio State University, writing a dissertation on The spectral kinematics of voiceless sibilant fricatives. Before starting my dissertation year fellowship, I worked on both the Math to Mouth and SKILLS4Words projects, writing Praat and R code for everything from an error-resistant segmentation script to gamma filters applied to multi-taper spectra to  model the ERB transform. My dissertation is part of a longer-term research project in which I plan to use manifolds methods to model the differences in phonological development between...

Rory Turnbull, Graduate Student

I'm a PhD candidate and Graduate Research Associate in the Department of Linguistics at the Ohio State University. I graduated from the University of Edinburgh with an MA (Hons) in Linguistics and English Language in 2009. My research interests include predictability effects in spoken language, information-theoretic linguistics, prosodic realization of focus, and the Otomian languages.