Professor of Information Engineering
Professor Young is a leader in the field of Statistical Speech and Language Processing. He leads a number of fourth year projects in this area.
Recognition of the human voice is a major ongoing project at Cambridge. Led by Steve Young, Phil Woodland, Mark Gales and Bill Byrne in the Department of Engineering, the research group has been successful in a series international evaluations of speech recognition technology held by the American Advanced Research Projects Agency. Compared with the major US and European research groups, the Cambridge team have consistently recorded the lowest error rates when transcribing fluent human speech in a variety of conditions. Their work is of great interest to a variety of industries in the ICT sector with applications including the automatic retrieval of multimedia documents, transcription of meetings, automatic sub-titling, voice-based access to information and multi-modal interfaces for phones and PDAs.
Professor Young is currently the University's Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Planning and Resources.